Gala Results October 2013
At the NAC gala our team of ten brought home a haul of 4 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze finishes on Saturday. Barbara Cashin had the biggest haul for the ladies and Andrew Comerford came home with the most men's medals. Ceall may also have a new Leinster record for the 200m f/c. Keep up the great swimming folks.
Talking History with Dublin Swimming Club
On September 29th 2013, Niall O'Sullivan, Dublin Swimming Club President, and Cyril Smyth, Emeritus professor of Trinity College spoke on Newstalk's 'Talking History' show about the rich and important history of Dublin Swimming Club and about the great Liffey Swim. Click here to listen
Fergus Barron 1928 - 2013
Fergus Barron passed away on October 7, 2013. For many years he was our club patron. Fergus was born in the USA, moved to Cork at a young age and then to Ennis Co. Clare in 1928. He was involved in swimming in Ennis in the early years before moving to Dublin and joining Dublin SC in the 50s. Some time later he became club coach and was also a founding member of the masters swimming movement in Ireland. His commitment to the club never ceased and many members of DSC remember his activeness and contribution fondly.
A quote from DSC member Sandra Trappe sums up Fergus and his impact on many people.
"From way back to the days of Tara street baths and Iveagh Baths, Fergus was instrumental in getting me and other young people to try all disciplines of swimming. In Blackrock baths, a typical training session could include diving from the springboards, races of all distances, water polo, synchronised swimming for all age groups within the baths, followed by an open water swim to the "pole" and back to the baths. Fergus was great at including everyone and encouraging all of us to have fun.
At the drop of a hat, and after a few phone calls to the "country" he would organise busloads of young swimmers to go places through out Ireland in order to experience open-water swimming. He didn't think twice about packing 8 - 10 young people in the back of his car to drive us to galas. It was great fun and because of him, everyone made friends very easily."
Fergus published a book"Swimming for a Century IASA 1893 - 1993" which serves as a great reference point for the development of swimming in Ireland. Fergus was also a past president of The Irish Amateur Association.
We'll miss him.