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.
What a Weekend for Dublin – Race Wins and Great Team Performances June 13, 14 2015
Glenalbyn Race Report
"Sunshine, wind, slightly choppy sea and a longer than expected course resulted in challenging races in both the Men's and Ladies' Races at Seapoint in the annual Glenalbyn Masters Sea Races.
242 swimmers entered the water and all competitors completed the course.
The Men's Race was won by the narrowest of margins by Mark Lynch of Eastern Bay pipping Eoin Cleary of Glenalbyn Masters by a metre. For Dublin, Niall came in 7th and took the vets prize. We had a remarkable number of swimmers do well – Stuart 9th, Keith 20th, Jody 21st, Brian 27th, Ceall 32nd and joint fastest time, Dermot 32nd and lots more. John, Patrick and Etienne also completed their first races for the club and in total we had 20 male swimmers – possibly the highest number ever! The men came 2nd in team event to move into 2nd overall.
Anita Foran of Dublin SC won in more comfort in the Ladies' Race and was followed in second place by Trish Brennan of Claremorris SC. What a start to the season for Anita. Again we had a huge turnout for the ladies team and with another three swimmers finishing in the teens, Dublin took the team prize.
The Guinness race in Killiney proved to be tight at the top with most of the leaders starting on, or around 7 minutes. Brian Nolan from Clontarf was the winner and remarkably, Clontarf also won the team prize, for the first time since 1998. In so doing, they deprived Dublin of their first possible team win of the season. Dublin men had four in the top 20, Niall 9th, Keith 16th, Jody 17th, Brian 18th. Gerry made the top half, while Cliff swum his first race in many a year for Dublin and Oriel completed his first race for the club. Well done all!
The remarkable Claire O’Dwyer came storming through at the end of the ladies race to beat younger competitors around her to take the top prize. She was at least 50m behind with 250m to go. With 10 competitors overall, we did well and the team came in second overall to Eastern Bay – Una 10th, Tiffany 24th and Sandra 27th.