Dublin City Liffey Swim

Dublin City Council announces the Jones Engineering 99th Dublin City Liffey Swim


The Lord Mayor Nial Ring will start the Jones Engineering 99th Dublin City Liffey Swim on Saturday, 1st September 2018, at Rory O’More Bridge. The men’s race will begin at 3.00pm and the women’s race is at 4.30pm. Over 500 swimmers are expected to take part in this year’s races.


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


Speaking at the launch of the Swim, Lord Mayor Nial Ring said, “Dublin City Council's involvement in the Liffey Swim goes back to the very first event in 1920, which was organised by Dublin Corporation employee, Bernard Fagan and won by J.J. Kennedy. Since then it has grown into Ireland's most prestigious open sea race and is celebrated in Jack B. Yates award winning painting "The Liffey Swim". It has a special place in the Dublin sporting calendar and I would encourage Dubliners to come out and cheer on this year's participants and enjoy "Anna Livia Plurabelle" in her splendour.”

Jim Curley, Managing Director of Jones Engineering Group said “The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is a unique event in our capital city and we believe throughout Europe.  There is no other event like it for colour, excitement and spectacle.  It has a special place in the hearts of Dubliners and our own company has a strong connection to the race – our Chairman Eric Kinsella swam the race so we are delighted to sponsor the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim.   We are very excited to work with Dublin City Council and Leinster Open Sea as we begin planning for the 100th anniversary of the race in 2019.”


Safety cover at the race is provided by Dublin Civil Defence while Dublin Fire Brigade provides their now famous “Liffey Al Fresco showers” for swimmers when they leave the river at the Custom House. Presentation of the prestigious Liffey Cups will take place in the grounds of the Custom House after the last race finishes at approximately 5pm.