Jones Engineering 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim

98ú Snámh na Life, Baile Átha Cliath, Innealtóireacha Mhic Sheoin.

Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha will start the Jones Engineering 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim on Saturday, 9th September 2017, at Rory O’Moore Bridge (Watling Street Bridge) beside Guinness Brewery, Dublin 8. The men’s race will begin at 1.00 p.m and the women’s race an hour later at 2.00 p.m.

The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim always brings ripples of excitement to the male and female swimmers who come from all over Ireland and overseas to compete for the coveted title with every competitor having a chance to win due to a special handicap system.

Participation rates in swimming and open sea races are on the up once again and with over 500 swimmers registered for Saturday’s race it will be one of the biggest yet! 

“The Dublin City Liffey Swim is the most prestigious open sea swimming race in Ireland and is considered as the All Ireland Final for open sea swimmers. I want to thank the Leinster Open Sea and Jones Engineering who work closely with the City Council every year in successfully delivering this unique event. There is something special about swimming through the city and passing the iconic Dublin landmarks along the way. Come out on Saturday and cheer on the swimmers in this year’s Liffey Swim. Go néirí go geal leis an Snámh i mbliana, is cuid de oidhreacht na Cathrach é.” said Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha.

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.”

 “I would like to thank Jones Engineering and Dublin City Council for their sponsorship of the Liffey swim; Dublin Fire Brigade and Dublin Civil Defence for rescue cover during the race and Swim Ireland for their continued support” said race organiser Gus Cooney of Leinster Open Sea.


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.  Safety cover at the race is provided by Dublin Civil Defence while Dublin Fire Brigade provide 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 along the North Wall Quay shortly after the last race finishes at approx 3.30 to 3.45pm. The Dublin City Liffey Swim is organised by Leinster Open Sea, a not for profit voluntary organisation, and sponsored by Jones Engineering and Dublin City Council. The race is also supported by Swim Ireland.



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98th Dublin City Liffey Swim

  •     Saturday 9th September 2017
  •     Race Distance 2,200 metres
  •    Entries are now closed
  •     At least 500 swimmers from Ireland, US, UK and Australia
  •     Men’s race 1.00pm
  •     Ladies’ Race 2.00pm
  •     Presentation of Winners’ Cup at 3.30pm to 3.45pm Custom House Quay



Sportsfile will be syndicating photographs to media outlets after the race.

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 and Swim Ireland.

The Leinster Open Sea website contains details of how aspiring swimmers can signed up for next year’s 2018 Season.  Both Leinster Open Sea and the swimming clubs warmly welcome new swimmers from former Olympic competitors to 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 has received over 500 entries for the Jones Engineering 98thh Dublin City Liffey Swim, up from 440 in 2014 and 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.   Ardmhéara Mícheál MacDonncha starts the race and presents the winners with their cups at Custom House Quays.    

The Handicapping

The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is a handicapped race with the ladies and the men competing in separate races.   Based on a swimmers performance in the six qualifying races from the Leinster Open Sea Calendar, the Honorary 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. 

Swimmers Participating

The youngest swimmer in the race is Lucy Collins aged 13 from the Viking Swimming Club who is swimming alongside her mother Isabel.   Sally Newall the oldest swimmer is retuning from the US to swim in the race this year.  Sally will be joined by her daughter Amy who lives in Dublin and her granddaughter.     The oldest Irish Swimmer is the great Liffey Veteran Clare O’Dwyer aged 76.


Among the families swimming together are the following:


Daughters and Mothers

  •     Lucy Collins and her mother Isabel
  •     Caroline Brennan and her mother Kay Brennan
  •     Sinead Delaney and her mother Joan Delaney
  •     Yvon McCarthy and her mother Marajan
  •     Heather and Alison and their mother Anne Marie Bourke
  •     Rachel Lee (2014 Winner) and her mother Marian


Father and Daughter

  •     Maeve Keenan and her father David Keenan
  •     Eimear Doyle and her father Steve


Father and Son

  • Sean Nolan and his father Brian
  • Gerald Wilkes (2014 Winner) and Derek Wilkes (1989 Winner)


Husband and Wives

  •     Kevin Murphy & Gina Murphy (2013 Winner)
  •     Siobhan O’Driscoll (Winner 1991) and Ciaran O’Driscoll (2013 Winner)
  •     John Redmond and Anne Marie Kenrick
  •     Liz McCarthy and John McCarthy
  •     Frank Carroll (1998 Winner) and Helena Butterfield
  •     Rachel Lee (2014 winner) and Tom Healy
  •     Jennifer Gilbert (2016 Winner) and Donncha O'Shiadhail (2015 Winner)



  •     Conor and Eoghan McCarthy
  •     Colin and Gerry Monaghan
  •     Noel Browne and his brother Stephen and his son Stephen



  •     Triona Muldoon and Sarah Muldoon
  •     Joan Delaney and Deidre Ossanlou


Brother and Sister

  •     John Egan and Catherine Egan