Dublin City Council announces the 97th Dublin City Liffey Swim - Saturday 6th August, 2016

The Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan, representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin, will start the 97th Dublin City Liffey Swim on Saturday, 6th August, 2016, at Rory O’Moore Bridge, beside Guinness Brewery, Dublin 8.  The men’s race will begin at 1.30pm and the women’s race an hour later at 2.30pm.  Over 400 swimmers are expected to take part in this year’s race.

The Dublin City Liffey Swim is the oldest and most prestigious open sea race in Ireland.  Each year, the Swim, sees hundreds of competitors of all ages, abilities and nationalities taking part in one of the biggest swimming competitions in the City.  Teenagers pit their strengths against 70 year old veterans; fathers compete against their sons and mothers against their daughters with every competitor having a chance to win due to a special handicap system.

 The Liffey Swim always brings ripples of excitement to the many swimmers taking part in this historic event every year. Dubliners from North, South, East and West Dublin mingle together with swimmers from all over Ireland and beyond.

 “I would like thank Leinster Open Sea for organising the hugely successful Liffey Swim year after year with the support of Dublin City Council.   In this important year for Ireland, Leinster Open Sea have introduced a special 2016 Commemorative Medal for all race participants to take home marking the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Rising.   Come along and take part in the great atmosphere that is promised on Saturday and cheer on those brave swimmers” said Deputy Lord Mayor, Rebecca Moynihan.

The 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’Moore 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.

Presentation of the prestigious Liffey Cups will take place along the North Wall Quay shortly after the last race finishes at approx 4.15pm. The Dublin City Liffey Swim is organised by Leinster Open Sea, a not for profit voluntary organisation,  and supported by Dublin City Council. Organisers have introduced a special 2016 Commemorative Medal for all race participants.




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Notes to the Editor:


97th Dublin City Liffey Swim

    Saturday 6th August 2016
    Race Distance 2,200 metres
    Early Closing Date this Friday 22 July
    Late Closing Date (Higher Entry Fee) Bank Holiday Monday
    Expected Entry 400 to 500 swimmers
    Men’s race 1.30pm
    Ladies’ Race 2.30pm
    Presentation of Winners’ Cup at 4.00pm North Wall Quay


Leinster Open Sea Races

From June to September each year, 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).   

The races are run by Leinster Open Sea (a not for profit voluntary body) in conjunction with the swimming clubs of Leinster.

The Leinster Open Sea website contains details of how aspiring swimmers can signed up for the 2016 Season.  Both Leinster Open Sea and the swimming clubs warmly welcome new swimmers be they former Olympic competitors or novice swimmers who have just learned to swim over the winter.

On average most races are around 1,600 metres, however as with other maritime sports it is not the length of the race but the strength and direction of the tide and sea conditions, which determine the ease or difficulty of a swim.

Race Numbers are Increasing

Leinster Open Sea estimate that over 400 swimmers will compete in the 97th Dublin City Liffey Swim, up from e.g. 336 in 2013.  There will be competitors of all ages, abilities and nationalities with teenagers pitting their strengths against 70 year olds and swimmers from all over the country competing against each other.   The Lord Mayor of Dublin starts the race and presents the winners with their cups at Custom House Quays.     Why don’t you join us as a spectator for the 97th Dublin City Liffey Swim, and who knows, you maybe inspire to swim the 98th one next year?

The Handicapping

The Dublin City Liffey Swim is a handicapped race with the ladies and the men scompeting 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 often have a high handicap and have to wait four or five minutes after “GO” and some up to and beyond ten minutes.   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.