Leinster Division One Age Group / Open Gala 29th-31st May


The Leinster Division One Age Group / Open Gala will take place from 29th to 31st May 2015, in the NAC.

Please see the link below for Gala details, and Qualifying times.  QT’s achieved since 1st January 2014 are valid for this meet.  Please note that any swimmer that has achieved ONE qualifying time can enter selected events even if they have not achieved the QT for the selected event.  Please check the details for a list of these events.

Entry fees are €7 per event, and entries must be submitted by Friday 15th May.

Please check with your coaches if you are unsure of events to enter.

Leinster Age Group Division One_Open 2015


Leinster Open Graded Gala – Sunday 26th April



The Leinster Open Graded Gala will take place on Sunday 26th April, in the NAC, please click on the link below for gala details. . . .

Please check the qualification times on the attached link.  Note that these are SLOWER THAN times.  Any swimmer who has achieved a time FASTER in ANY STROKE is not eligible to enter in this event, they must instead enter the Leinster Division 1 Gala, to be held in May.

Warm-up times are indicated on the link, please note that these times may change, we will update the website if this happens.

Closing date for entries is Thursday 16th April.  Entry is €7 per event, all entries on entry envelopes please.

Please check with your coach if you need any advice on events to enter.

Leinster Age Group Open_Graded Gala April 2015 Tabular

Ian Daly Swim A Mile Saturday 28th March



Once again, Viking Swimming Club are proud to support the Ian Daly Swim A Mile with a Smile fundraiser.  Ian’s family have had a long association with our club, Brian and Laura have served on the committee, and his sister Emer swam with us for many years.  Ian died of a brain tumour in 2003, at the age of 11.  The Swim A Mile was set up to raise funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital and The Barrettstown Camp.  We would ask all members to support this very worthy cause.

Senior Squad members are invited to swim at 12pm on Saturday 28th March, in the NAC.  Sponsorship cards and swim hats will be available at all training sessions this week.  Senior swimmers can also complete the Swim A Mile at their training session on Saturday 4th April.

Junior Squad members will compete the Swim A Mile as part of their training session on Saturday 4th April.  Sponsorship cards swim hats will also be available at training sessions this week.

Further details of the work of Swim A Mile can be viewed at  www.swimamile.ie .

Traffic Update – N4 to Chapelizod Slip Road


We have been advised that from Monday 23rd of March, the slip road to Chapelizod from the N4 at Palmerstown will be CLOSED every night, and will re-open at 5.30am each morning.  Works are expected to take 2 weeks.

This will mean that Senior swimmers attending morning training sessions will have to take an alternative route, either turning right at the main lights in Palmerstown, or via Liffey Valley, to get to Ballyfermot.


Westwood Training – A message from Jackie

Jackie Roche (Seapoint)

Our first training session in 50m format took place in Westwood Clontarf on Sunday 1st February.
There was FOUR swimmers at this session, Labhaoise Collins, Lauren Dooley, Orla Tallon and Eve Smyth.
All four swimmers worked extremely hard, covering just under 6000K in total and finished the session on a high.
I was delighted with the work put in by the four swimmers but extremely disappointed that the rest of the senior squad was missing from the session.
All of the major swim meets, including the last Distance gala, the Leinster long course in March, Leinster Division 1 in April and Nationals are all swam in 50m format.
The Club makes a big effort to provide training in this format to prepare the swimmers for these competitions but the turnout is very low.
As any swimmer will tell you, swimming in a 50m pool is very different to swimming in a 25m. It affects stroke counts, breathing patterns and training is needed to adjust to the changes.
The next session is on March 1, timed to help with the Leinster Long Course Gala. I expect All our senior swimmers, including those in transition and any Juniors who qualify for Leinster Long Course to attend on this day.
If the attendance continues to be low, the Club will have no choice but to cancel the remaining sessions booked. It is just too expensive to hire this pool for 4 swimmers.

Yours in swimming