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Membership News

Renewal Membership bills are being emailed out to individuals/families this year. Closing date for receipt of monies is 31st August. Membership Cards will only be issued to fully paid up members.

Dates for Resumption of Training for each group are as follows:

MarlinMonday 1st September
BarracudaTuesday 2nd September
PiranhaFriday 12th September
MastersTuesday 2nd SeptemberCorrected
Teaching (Tues, Thurs, Sat)week commencing 9th September
Teenage SectionWednesday 10th September

Meeting for parents of children from competitive squads will take place in Nemo Rangers on Saturday, 6th September


Term 1 will run from Tuesday, 9th September, 2014 - Saturday, 31st January, 2015

Term 2 will run from Tuesday, 3rd February, 2015 - Saturday, 13th June, 2015

Teenage Session will finish on Wednesday, 27th May, 2015 to facilitate exam students.

Tricia Hourihan
Membership Secretary

Ally Cunningham qualifies for National Junior Squad

Many congratulations to Ally Cunningham, who swam a 2sec PB in the 14 years 200m Freestyle at British Age Groups (2:08.44 in the heat and 2:08.31 for 7th place in the Final), as well as a more than 2sec PB in the 400m Freestyle (4:33.19) to finish 16 th. Ally was part of the five strong Munster team coached by SWSC Marlin coach Deirdre Cunningham. Ally was recently first in both of these events in her Age Group in her Age Group in slightly slower times, at the Irish Age Groups and Open Summer championships, which demonstrates the big difference in standard between Irish and UK meets! None-the-less, this is where we must aspire, if we are to be competitive at European level and further abroad. She now joins the Swim Ireland National Junior Squad along with Issie Hayes who qualified earlier in the year in the 100m Backstroke, as one of the only two SWSC swimmers to make the very tough qualifying times. Both were on the Irish team for the Celtic Challenge meet earlier in the year and Issie competes in 50m and 100m Backstroke in the British Youth National Championships starting on August 5 (the ASA web site features Live Streaming). These successes are excellent indicators of the clubs competitive progress under chief coach Richard Cassidy and his dedicated and expert team of coaches and teachers.

Tom Cross, Chair

British Age Groups Championships

Munster Team. L-R: Mary Corby(Team Manager), Eoin Corby, Mary Carey, Finn McGeever, Aaron Carroll, Ally Cunningham, Deirdre Cunningham(Coach)

Click on the links below for daily reports from Brian Sweeney:

Day 1 July 20th 2014
Day 2 July 31st 2014
Day 3 August 1st 2014
Day 4 August 2nd 2014
Day 5 August 3rd 2014

Congratulations on behalf of Sundays Well SC to all Division 1 swimmers!27 JUL 10:45

The recent Division 1 championships, as the detailed report here shows, was the culmination of a great year for competitive swimming in the club. We had more qualifiers and took more medals than ever before! Particulary noteworthy were the bronze medals in the womens 400 Medley and 800 Freestyle relays, and the far better performance of our boys than in recent years. Well done to all swimmers, coaches, administrators and parents! If this progress continues we will soon achieve our aim of being the best competitive club in the country!

Tom Cross, Chair

Mary Haughney becomes Chair of the Munster section of Swim Ireland27 JUL 10:45

On behalf of Sundays Well SC, we would like to extend our congratulations to Mary Haughney, who has become the new Chair of the Munster section of Swim Ireland. Over many years, Mary has been a tireless and highly effective worker on behalf of SWSC, previously serving as Secretary and now as PRO. Publicity for competitive swimming in the Cork area had been at a very low ebb, but Mary has changed all of that, with detailed local media reports with accompanying photographs on all meets. She has also pushed our best swimmers, such as Emma Cassidy and Issie Hayes, for a series of local and National awards, and has identified a series of local Government funding opportunities. Her appointment to the Munster chair is timely because a great deal needs to be done to restore Munster swimmers to among the best in the country. We wish her well with her endeavours!

Tom Cross & Richard Cassidy

Hat Trick for The Well at Lee Swim

A regular at the Lee Swim in recent years, perseverance paid off for Chris Mintern when he was first home on this occasion in a time of (25.19). Hot on his heels was clubmate David Fox who claimed 2nd place on a time of (26.19). James Mintern, who recently qualified for the Triathlon Ireland Development Squad competed at the Lee Swim for the first time and was rewarded with 3rd best overall male in the Wetsuit section.

More photos in the Gallery

Mary Haughney

Chairman’s observations at the end of the season

Competitively, this has been one of the best seasons for the club in recent years! Swimmers at all levels from beginners to top National performers have improved their personal best performances at nearly every meet.

Read Tom's full document here...

Division 1 Roster

The full SI roster is here.

Masters News

Dublin Swimming Club are holding a Masters Sprint Gala on Sunday 28th September. Full details available here.

Also, for the Open Water swimmers among you, the details of the Liffey, Harbour and Great Leinster swims can be found here.

Junior Triathlon Ireland Development Squad Call Up for James Mintern

James Mintern has been selected to the Triathlon Ireland Junior Development Squad. His selection was confirmed after a very impressive performance at the Triathlon Talent Identification Day, held at the Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare in June. Mintern was one of five young athletes from Munster selected for the Development Squad and will attend his first Development Squad Training Camp at the NAC, Dublin in August.

Read Mary Haughney's report here

Division 1 Relay teams

Here are the proposed relay teams



Sundays Well Swimming Club recently travelled to Torremolinos in Spain with 31 Division 1 & 2 Swimmers for a week long training camp in an outdoor 50m pool. Training consisted of two sessions each day (morning & afternoon) with each session lasting two hours. There were many foreign teams also training at the facility including the British Commonwealth team who were impressed by our group of swimmers and who also demonstrated some starts to rapturous applause from all the squad. The facilities were superb with on-site Gymnasium, Physiotherapy and medical centre. While the squad trained hard they were rewarded with an afternoon at the local Aquatic Park where they relaxed and had fun. They were also allowed limited access to the diving arena at the pool complex which they really enjoyed. The Hotel the squad stayed in was only a 15 minute walk to the pool and 10 minutes from the beach, the food was excellent and catered for all tastes. The Squad received many compliments from guests at the hotel on their behaviour and were a credit to Sundays Well Swimming Club and to their Parents. We all had great fun. A big thank you to all who helped make this trip possible.

The group were accompanied by two coaches (Richard & Deirdre), two chaperones (Diarmaid & Ros) and team manager (Noelle).


A selection of pictures from the trip, more in the gallery...

  • Class

  • Aerial view of 50m pool

  • Pool FC

  • Beach

  • Final Night Pizza Party

First Medal at Div 2

Silver for girls under 14 Medley relay: Helen, Aine, Ava & Cara.

More pictures in Gallery

Read Dee's full report

New Irish Women's Record for Rian

Rian Herlihy has just completed the Gibralter swim in a new Irish Women's record time of 3:41

Congratulations from all at SWSC!

Intensive Swim Camp

An intensive swim camp will take place Monday July 7th to Friday July 11th inclusive in Douglas swimming pool.
We will cater for all levels of swimmer.
The cost is €60 for members and €65 for non members.

Teaching camp for beginners and improvers:9am to 9.40am
Advanced lengths:9.50am to 10.40am.

Contact me on to reserve your place.

Tric Kearney
Head Teacher

Grade C Fermoy

Another great day with four swimmers achieving the Grade B qualification. Read Fiona's report here and enjoy a selection of photographs from the day here.

Schools Interpro

Congratulations to all SWSC athletes who were selected for the Munster Interpro Team 2014. They will compete on Monday 5th against Leinster, Connacht and Ulster at the NAC. Wishing you all the very best."

The Team




UCC Sports Awards

Emma Cassidy received a UCC Sports Award for Swimming in recognition of a magnificent set of performances in the pool 2013/2014.

Read Mary Haughney's full report here...

Swim Ireland Annual Awards

The Swim Ireland Annual Awards were held in the Strand Hotel, Limerick on Saturday 12th April. Awards were given to High Performance Coach of the Year and High Performance Athlete of the Year. Awards were also given to Club Coach of the Year and Club Athlete of the Year. Iseult Hayes won the award for Club Athlete of the Year. The award was given in recognition of a remarkable season in 2013 which saw Issie:

Congratulations to Issie from all at Sundays Well Swimming Club!

Mary Haughney

Cork Community Games

The Cork Community Games swimming gala was held in Bishopstown, on Saturday 5th April. As usual there were plenty of competitors from all squads of SWSC competing.

Read Fiona's full report here...

Success for Emma at Celtic Intervarsity4 Mar 10:45

Emma Cassidy was a member of the Irish Team to compete at the Celtic Intervarsity in Galway recently. Emma competed at the backstroke events for Team Ireland and with PB’s in both the 50m and 100m backstroke, Emma secured gold in each. Emma added a further two gold medals to her tally, when, as the lead on the Irish Medley team and also as a member to the Irish Freestyle team, both teams were successful ahead of the Welsh.

Mary Haughney

Excellent results for UCC at the Intervarsity Swimming Championships.11 Feb 12:10

UCC had a team of eight at the Intervarsity Swimming Championships, hosted by DCU and held at the Waterford Crystal pool, on Saturday 8th March. Competitors were limited to two individual events with Emma Cassidy of Sundays Well victorious at both 50m and 100m backstroke. In the 100m final, Cassidy’s time (1:05.99) saw her take the title comfortably with 6.5 seconds to spare ahead of her nearest rival, Louise Kent of UCD (1:12.48). Her time at 50m (30.66) was 3 seconds ahead of second placed Angela O’Connor of Galway (33.26).

Read Mary Haughney's full report here...

Sponsorship Opportunity

11 Feb 12:30

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Mary Haughney
Fund Raising Coordinator

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Chris gets Sponsorship

11 Feb 12:30

Chris Mintern, one of Ireland’s best Junior Triathletes, who does his swim training with Sundays Well SC, receives SSE Airtricity Sponsorship

Click here to read Mary Haughney's full report

9 Feb 11:00

Sundays Well win Best Overall Club @ Gerry Ryan

Click here to read Mary Haughney's full report

Irish Team Selection for Sundays Well Girls

Ally Cunningham and Iseult Hayes of Sundays Well Swimming Club have been selected to represent Ireland at the Junior Celtic Nations Duel Meet 2014, which will be held in the new 50m pool in Bangor from 28th February to 2ndnd March. Selection for the Irish Team was based on performances at the recent Irish Short Course Championships.

The meet will see Ireland compete against Scotland, with two age categories, each comprising a team of 16 swimmers, eight males and eight females. The age categories are (1) born in 1998/1997 and (2) born in 1999 and subsequently. Both Cunningham and Hayes are members of the 1999 and younger team.

Cunningham and Hayes are also members of the Swim Ireland – Cork Performance Squad (SI – CPS) which was set up in December 2011 and based at Brookfield Leisure Centre. This squad was established to provide additional training opportunities for elite swimmers in the Cork City and County area in an effort to improve the standard of swimming and to enable swimmers compete with the elite of Irish swimming. Both ladies have also achieved the qualifying standard for the National Youth Development Squad and train once monthly in Dublin.

Hayes is a sprint specialist at 50m and 100m backstroke, while Cunningham prefers the distance events particularly 200m, 400m and 800m freestyle. At the meet Cunningham will compete in all of the freestyle events, 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m. There will be no 800m event at this meet. Hayes will compete in all of the backstroke events, 50m, 100m and 200m. She will also compete at 100m freestyle. Only two events will count for points for the Irish team and these will be decided on the day depending on results achieved.

Sundays Well and SI CPS Coaches, Richard Cassidy and Deirdre Cunningham and Tom Cross, SI CPS Coach are delighted with the girls selection on the Irish Team and feel it is just reward for the dedication and commitment given to training. They are also extremely pleased that the SI CPS is producing such excellent results after only two years since inauguration.

Mary Haughney

Grade B UL Jan 2014

31 Jan 12:15

We took the Torpedo squad to UL last week for the Jan Grade B Munster Gala. We had a great day with a great medal haul and every swimmer performing really well. It was also a great team building day with great morale shown through-out the squad for the day.

Our team Manager, Margot Powell, got her dates mixed up and thought it was the SWSC Masters gala – diving in for the 100 B/S.
See photos showing the aftermath of her unplanned dip!!! We didn’t get a snap of her in the water because we were laughing too much…..

Frank Lynch

Castletroy Hotel

Extract from email received...

I would like to offer your swimming club a special rate of €52 room only for any of your events in the University of Limerick for 2014.

Please feel free to call the hotel to book your rooms. You can also book online at

We look forward to welcome you to our hotel.

Paul O'Sullivan
General Manager

Mallow Invitational Results

27 October 13:05

Nice email from Mallow Swans:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your competitiors for your support, sportmanship and good humour throughout the day. We hope you all enjoyed the day as much as us and we thank you most sincerely. We would like to thank Mary Phelan, President of Swim Ireland and Munster woman for attending and taking the time to stay and present our new Best Away Team Trophy sponsored by Flowmeter Systems Mallow to Sundays Well. Congratulations Sundays Well!!

Swim Ireland Handbook for Clubs and Coaches17 October 14:30

After a two year absence SI are re-introducing the Swim Ireland Handbook for Clubs and Coaches. This handbook includes information regarding the important dates on the National and International competition calendar, and the relevant qualification standards for these events.