HUGE well done to Keith Butler today from Dublin SC at the Windsurfers Race, and to the Dublin men for the team win - Keith (1st), Jody (8th), Niall (15th) and Dermot (21st). Not forgetting Elena in the ladies who came in 10th. LOTS of team members out, so great day overall for the club!
There was a nice symmetry to Keith's result as it was the Special Olympics Charity race and Keith will soon be representing Ireland at the Special Olympics World Games in both open water and pool competition. Keith has been a member of Dublin SC for many years, having joined as a junior. See also link for more
Great first swims also from Jack and Brendan and for Jenny in only her second race being well up the field.
Gerry Wins in Wicklow
One of the club's stalwarts, Gerry took full advantage of race conditions to register his first win since starting sea swimming over a decade ago. On a beautiful day in clear sea conditions, competitors swam from Glen Strand to Travel a Hawk beach just south of Wicklow Harbour. There were other strong performances with Paul taking vets prize in 9th, Phelim in his third race claiming 14th and men's team captain Ron making it in in 22nd, having lead at the half way mark. Another Monaghan man Dermot, came in 28th with many other men also finishing, especially well done to Dannii.
Ann Marie almost made it a Dublin double when finishing second. With her daughters Alison in 8th and Eleanor in 25th and great swims from Eithne M in 4th, Christine 10th and Teresa in 16th, Dublin claimed the team prize to extend their lead in the championship.
Help Us Find the Shaw Cups
Dublin Swimming Club is trying to locate an old trophy - the Shaw Cup, but not just one Shaw Cup, up to 22 of them!
It would be amazing to gather more of the trophies and there must be some great stories. There must be Shaw Cups of varying sizes and condition in houses across, Dublin, Ireland and indeed elsewhere (almost nationwide to use a pun on Shaws the retailer). Most owners probably have very little sense of their history.
Who was Mr Shaw?
Patrick Shaw. He owned a Military & Merchant Taylor’s at 17A Dawson Street (corner of Molesworth Street. In 1880 he received an order from the Empress of Austria for Coachman Liveries, testament to the quality of the goods he supplied. He wasn’t a committee member of Dublin Swimming Club so we don’t know how he was roped into becoming such a great race
In May 2015 we got our hands on the 1887 trophy – via Malta, Scotland and Facebook. We thought it was the only one. All other old trophies we have (including the oldest swimming trophy in Ireland) are perpetual, i.e. each new annual winner getting it for their year of victory.
The Shaw Cup was competed for the 110 / 109 yards handicap (depending on venue). It turns out Mr Shaw donated a new trophy every year during the years (we think) 1882 - 1905. We have since unearthed the results and times from many, but not all the years. We also have programmes from many of these years.
The first winner was Richard Armstrong in a time of 1:26.2 from scratch, 17 competitors took part and it was held at Cranfield's Baths, Irishtown 23 May1882. The 1887 trophy which we have, was won by WJ Langley at Tara Street Baths on 23 May 1887.