European Masters Championships 2016
As the London event fast approaches we look back on some club links with the city from the early days of Dublin SC.
The Club’s first Captain, W.R Richardson in c1881 again competed in, and this time won, the English Long Distance Championship over five and three quarter miles from Purney Bridge to Charing Cross Railway Bridge in London in a time of one hour, twenty-one minutes and thirty-seven seconds. Dublin Swimming had arrived.
At the London Olympic Games in 1908, only 4 swimmers qualified from the semi-finals to the final. George Dockrell of Dublin SC placed 3rd in his semi-final with the 5th fastest time overall. At the Amateur Swimming Association Championships of England in 1908 he took the Silver medal in the 100 yards freestyle and the Bronze in the 220 yards championship. George Dockrell joined the army in December 1914 as a 2nd Lieutenant, serving in the 9th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps [The Rifle Brigade]. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1915, to Captain in 1918, and to Major in 1919. He was severely wounded in Flanders in 1915 and died on 23rd December 1924 at the Officers' Hospital, Richmond, Surrey (on outskirts of London), as a lingering consequence of these shrapnel wounds to his back. Major George S. Dockrell was awarded an O.B.E. (Military) for meritorious service.
Our current day heroes going to London are John, Ceall, Eleanor, Andrew, Claire and Niall. Alas, Anita and Charles had to pull out.
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Club 400 and 800 Winners for 2016
Ron Hardie (pictured below) and Cliff Redmond were the joint winners of the Dublin Swimming Club 400 metre race. Swimmers were provided with a handicap, so as to give everyone an equal chance. Run and cliff emerged as the winners from the 20 strong field.
In the 800 metre race there was a battle royal between a number of swimmers. Long time member, Dermot Marron emerged victorious having swum consistently throughout the distance.
An Introduction to Sea Swimming in Dublin / Leinster
When: Tuesday, April 12 @ 6.30pm
Where: Run Logic, 3-4 Smock Alley Court, Essex St West, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Map is here
If you swam competitively in years past, do triathlons or have an ambition to do the Liffey Swim, this event is for you! Topics covered include training, dealing with the cold, the joys of open water swimming, how the season works and background on Dublin SC.
Our line up includes:
Roisin Kelly: Galway Bay Swimmer 2016
Niall O’Sullivan: Leinster Open Sea Champion 2016
Jody Clarke: 17km Lough Erne Swimmer 2016
Other experienced swimmers from the club will also contribute during a Q&A session.