Limerick public urged to come out and support Thomond Swim 2012!

Press Release

Tuesday, 14th August 2012

Limerick’s top open water swimmers will be in action on the River Shannon on Saturday, September 1st for the 2012 Thomond Swim.

This is the first year that the competition is also open to swimmers wearing wetsuits and a large entry is expected.

A strong contingent from Limerick Masters Swimming Club will take on one of the toughest challenges of their annual calendar and will be joined by other swimmers from Dublin, Cork and Galway. Local swimmer Chris Bryan, who was the first Irish open water swimmer to race in an open water swimming event for Ireland at a World Championships will also take part.

Members of the public are invited to support the swim which takes place at 7pm on September 1st and will be officially launched by Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin.

The 1.7km swim will start at St Michael’s Boat Club slipway, head up past the Curragower Falls to Thomond Bridge, pass by King John’s Castle and return to finish at Howley’s Quay.

Limerick Marine Sea and Rescue will patrol the Shannon and keep an eye on the competitors during the swim.

Thomond Swim PRO John Garrett said the event continues to grow in size after being revived in 2007 after a break of 21 years.

“It is one of our great annual sporting spectacles and building on the success of last year’s swim, the 2012 event will also be open to swimmers in wetsuits, something we believe will encourage more swimmers to take part,” he said. “We’re looking forward to a fantastic swim this year particularly as Limerick prepares to be Irish City of Culture 2014 and the event passes by many of the city’s historical buildings and landmarks, which add to the spectacle for both swimmers and onlookers. The spectator numbers are increasing every year and this urban event affords the citizens of this city the chance to come out and support what is truly a special event.”

Some of the competitors in the Thomond Swim are very experienced open water swimmers having swam the English Channel. The best viewing points for the public are on Sarsfield Bridge, Howley’s Quay and along the Riverside Boardwalks on Clancy’s Strand and O’Callaghan’s Strand.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin said: “The Thomond Swim will offer swimmers and spectators a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the magical relationship between Limerick City and the majestic River Shannon flowing through it. The event is sure to provide a fun outing for all and shouldn’t be missed.”

The swim is expected to take around 40 minutes with prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd home male and female swimmer and for the fastest male and female swimmer. With the new addition of wetsuit swimmers taking part, there will also be prizes for first home male and female in wetsuits. Monies raised from the Thomond Swim will be donated to Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.

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For further information on the Thomond Swim, please contact John Garrett, PRO Thomond Swim 087 262 1812

Andrea Newport  

Last update:15/08/2012