Cathal O’Brien, Head Coach of Killarney Swimming Club, recently hung up his flip-flops and the club marked the occasion with a special presentation.
Cathal has been involved with the Club since it was established in 2012, attending the early meetings organised by Mike O’Sullivan as, just like everyone else, he was anxious to have his children involved in swimming as a competitive sport.
But, Cathal being Cathal, he wasn’t content with sitting back. He quickly volunteered to take on a coaching role, attaining both levels 1 & 2 coaching qualifications. Initially our C squad coach, in no time his swimmers were putting pressure on both B and A squads. Cathal would also move on to coach B and A squads in the Club. Cathal’s deep interest, dedication and training skills were an enormous asset, pushing us not only as a club but also resulting in many swimmers stretching themselves beyond their personal targets to proudly represent Killarney at county, provincial and national level.
Cathal was peerless at diving training in Tralee and elite training in Limerick and was a permanent fixture at most galas over the years. His kind and thoughtful words to the swimmers, given in person after each race, brought many a smile to a glum face.
Killarney Swimming Club wants to say a heartfelt “thank you” to Cathal for the hours and hours of dedication given to our swimmers and children over the years. He will be sorely missed in the Club, and both Committee and members wish Cathal the very best for the future.