Newsletter Volume 2, Edition 5

National Squad- Training 1

The National Squad has been selected and athletes should have their acceptance forms returned to the sports commission at this stage. 

The first training weekend is being held in UL, Limerick on the 16-17th November. All squad members are encouraged to attend...we will be focusing on pool events using video analysis and getting tips off the top pool swimmers in Ireland and Europe. 

Coaches...if you're interested in coming along to learn and help out we'd love to have you!! Just drop us an email! 

European Juniors - Italy 2013


eam Ireland had an outstanding competition at the European Juniors in Riconne, Italy coming 5th in the beach and 8th overall. 
Lily Barrett from County Clare set two Irish Junior records in the 50m manikin and the 100m manikin tow on day one in the pool. 
Lily teamed up with County Clare team mate Roisin Cahill to win gold and become European Junior Champions in the board rescue event in a fantastic finish which saw the girls pip Team GB into silver. The boys team of Adam and Rory Mc Evoy were just outside the medals with a great race to finish 4th . In the run swim run event Eoghan O Grady from Mayo won a silver medal in what was a super fast , tough race with Rory in 6th and Hugh in 14th. Lily was 4th in the girls event with Ayesha Garvey and Katie Shannon also making the final. 
Lily picked up another gold and another European Junior title in the board race with Ayesha Garvey from Donegal in the final and Adam Mc Evoy representing well in the boys final. In the flags Ireland had also competitors making the final 16 with Adam in 8th and Cameron Steel from Wexford in 10th. 
Congrats to all involved! 

European Seniors- Holland 2013


Team Ireland had a great competition at the European Senior Championships coming 7th overall. The competition started with a bronze medal on day one of competition in the SERC with Triona Mc Menamin Donegal, Bernard Cahill, Dylan Barrett and Cormac O Sullivan coming up against the best lifeguards in Europe. 
Team Ireland were faced with good Irish conditions on the beach with 3ft surf and big rips putting the competition on hold for an hour. 
Bernard and Dylan had fantastic races in the run swim run event on the beach picking up silver and bronze medals in a really close finish and also paired up for a close 4th place finish in the board rescue event. Everyone on the team also made finals in the respective events adding up great team points. 

Celtic Cup- 21st Sept Spainish Point

A big congrats to the 70 Irish Competitors who were selected  and competed at this competition against a very strong Welsh side. 

Team Ireland Youth (U14-U19) won the overall Celtic Cup trophy with the Seniors just behind Wales! 


What do you think?

The sports commission would like to know what you think about the sport of lifesaving in Ireland, how can we improve it further. 

Follow this link to answer a quick survey...


Nipper in the Spotlight

- Connell O Herlihy -


Name:Connell O Herlihy
Age: 13
Club: Cork Surf Life Saving Club
When did you start lifesaving:  Age 8
Favourite events: Swim and Ironman
Best results: 1st in fin swim and 2nd in surf swim at the All Ireland Nationals 2013

 Training: In the Summer I train up to 9 hours a week between beach and pool and up to 10 hours in the pool every week during the rest of the year.

Best bit about lifesaving:  Training on stormy days with massive waves!
Hopes for the future: I would like to compete in the World Championships.

Top tips for Boards from World & European Medalist
- Oisin McGrath -

Athlete Profile

Oisin McGrath
Clare Surf-Lifesaving

Best results:
World Championships 2010
- 3 gold, 1 silver (Masters Beach events)

European Championships 2011
- 2 gold, 2 silver and bronze 

World Championships 2012 
- 2 silver, 1 bronze (Masters Beach events)

Favourite events:
Board Paddle
Ocean Man
Taplin Relay

Top Tips for

1. STARTS STARTS STARTS!!! - Crucial to get out in front, or close to the front from the whistle.
2. Concentrate on technique. Paddle on your knees with deep strokes and keep the stroke count high. 

3. Paddle HARD around the cans. Drop to your belly before the first can and keep tight to the cans.
4. Work hard in training on catching runners (small waves) and use them to finish hard. 
5. Paddle 'till you can't paddle anymore.....then paddle some more!!

Check us out on facebook at "Surf Lifesaving Ireland", like the page for all info about the sport of lifesaving in Ireland. 

We are also now on Twitter, you can find us @IWSSport 

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Interested in getting involved in the sport or need more information on any of the above

Sports Commission on or ring Seamus, Chairman of Sports Commission, on 0851131114

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