Dublin City Council announces the 96th Dublin City Liffey Swim

An tArdmheara Críona Ní Dhálaigh will start the 96th Dublin City Liffey Swim on Saturday, 19th September 2015, at Rory O’Moore Bridge, beside Guinness Brewery, Dublin 8.  The men’s race will begin at 2.30pm, and the women’s race an hour later at 3.30pm. Over 380 swimmers will take part in this year’s race.

The Liffey Swim is a family event. Over the years many families have competed in the Liffey Swim with father and son, grandfather and grandson, mother and daughter etc. There will be competitors of all ages, abilities and nationalities with teenagers pitting their strengths against 70 year olds and club swimmers from all over the country competing against each other.   Among the competitors are 15 overseas swimmers, who are travelling from USA, Australia, Holland and France to take part in this prestigious race.

“The Dublin City Liffey Swim is considered to be the most prestigious open sea swimming race in Ireland.  For swimmers winning the Liffey Swim is akin to winning an All Ireland Final. The swim is very different to most sea races as there is considerable interaction between the crowd and the swimmers.  I want to thank the Leinster Open Sea, who work closely with the City Council every year in successfully delivering this unique event. Tá rud éigin an-speisialta faoi Snámh na Life. Impím oraibh teacht isteach go lár na cathrach ar an Satharn chun misneach a thabhairt do na snámhóirí cróga seo (Come out on Saturday and cheer on the swimmers in this year’s Liffey Swim)”, said An tArdmhéara.

The Dublin City Liffey Swim starts at Rory O’Moore Bridge beside Guinness Brewery.   There is an opportunity for the spectators looking down from the quays and the bridge to clap and cheer on swimmers as they start their journey down the Liffey.  The Swimmers then swim down the 2.2 Kilometre course past Collins Barracks, The Four Courts, Dublin City Councils’ Civic Offices, Liberty Hall and swimming under the following bridges - Rory O’More Bridge, James Joyce Bridge, Liam Mellows Bridge, Father Mathew Bridge, O’Donovan Rossa Bridge, Grattan Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Ha’penny Bridge, O’Connell Bridge, Rosie Hackett Bridge, Butt Bridge and the Loopline Bridge. The race finishes at the quay wall just in front of the Customs House.

Swimmers in the race can see and hear the crowds as they make their way down river.   The louder the crowd cheer the closer a swimmer is to the front of the race. Presentation of the prestigious Liffey Cups will take place at 5.30pm along North Wall Quay.

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Notes to the Editor:

Dublin City Council

Dublin City Council has a long and proud association with the Liffey Swim.  It was the brainchild of Bernard Fagan, Water Analyst with Dublin Corporation in 1920. Many staff members of Dublin City Council and Dublin Fire Brigade compete on an annual basis in the Liffey Swim.  One of the great Liffey Swim traditions are the Liffey Showers at the end of the race provided by Dublin Fire Brigade.

Leinster Open Sea Races

The Dublin City Liffey Swim is run each year by Leinster Open Sea  (a voluntary not for profit organisation ) and is the final swimming race in the Leinster Open Sea Calendar of over 35 Open Sea Races.

From June to September, there are two races every weekend at well known swimming locations along the Coast of Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford. Races are held at Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Bull Wall, the Great South Wall (Ringsend), Seapoint (Dún Laoghaire), Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Sandycove, Killiney, Bray, Wicklow, Curracloe (County Wexford), Lough Leane (County Westmeath) and Lough Dan (County Wicklow).    In order to qualify to swim in the Dublin City Liffey Swim, swimmers must compete six qualifying races from the Leinster Open Sea Calendar.

Handicapped Race

The Dublin City Liffey Swim is a handicapped race with the ladies and the men swimming in separate races.   Based on a swimmers performance in the six qualifying races from the Leinster Open Sea Calendar the Honary Handicapper gives the swimmer a handicap.   The handicapper will determine when a swimmer will start the race.   The slower swimmers will start swimming one to two minutes before “GO” where as the faster swimmers will ofter have a high handicap and have to wait four or five minutes after “GO”.   The winner is the first swimmer to pass the finish line.   The handicap gives each swimmer an equal opportunity to win the race and allows a 70 year old swimmer to compete against a young athlete who is competing for Ireland at an international level.