98th Dublin City Liffey Swim - Overseas

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98th Dublin City Liffey Swim

98ú Snámh na Life, Baile Átha Cliath

Jones Engineering 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim

Saturday 9th September 2017

•    Race Distance:              2,200 metres
•    Expected Entry:            400 to 500 swimmers
•    Closing Date: Saturday 27 August 2017
•    Entry Fees Overseas Swimmers: €80 or €60 for Fina Registered Swimmers


Entry Form for Overseas Swimmers


Please read attached Entry from which contains both qualification requirements for 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim and Swimmers’ Declaration.


By using this this online entry form you are confirming that you comply with the the Swimmer’s Declaration contained within the Entry Form.



98th Dublin City Liffey Swim


Dublin is the only capital country in Europe to have a swimming race through the middle of the city centre.   The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim ("Liffey Swim") is the highlight of the open sea swimming season and in particular for the native Dubliners there is something special about being able to swim through the city centre.   This also provides a great spectacle for the Dublin public who line the quays, boardwalks and bridges along the 2,200 metre course to catch a glimpse of this unique event.


The  Liffey Swim starts at Rory O’Moore Bridge beside Guinness Brewery.   The Swimmers then swim 2,200 metres  down the river passing Collins Barracks, The Four Courts, Dublin City Councils’ Civic Offices, Liberty Hall and swimming under the following bridges - Rory O’More Bridge, James Joyce Bridge, Liam Mellows Bridge, Father Mathew Bridge, O’Donovan Rossa Bridge, Grattan Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Ha’penny Bridge, O’Connell Bridge, Rosie Hackett Bridge, Butt Bridge and the Loopline Bridge.   The race finally finishes at the quay wall just in front of the Customs House.   Swimmers get out there and enjoy Al Fresco Showers provided by Dublin Fire Brigade.


Swimmers feel privileged to swim under the bridges of Dublin and the race provides swimmers a unique persepective on the famous builldings and landmarks of Dublin from river level.   There is also considerable interaction between the swimmers and the spectators as the swimmers can hear and see the spectators cheering and clapping them on as they swim underneath each of the main bridges of Dublin.


The Liffey Swim is the oldest and most prestigious open sea races in Ireland.   The first Liffey Swim took place on the 22 July 1920 nearly 100 years ago at the height of the War of Independence between Ireland and Britain.   Swimming down the centre in the watery artery that divides the city, one thinks of who is swimming.   Dubliners from North, South, East, and West Dublin mingle together with swimmers from all over Ireland and beyond.   Our swimming community has many new nationals who live here, as well as visitors who come to Ireland to compete in the Liffey Swim.



Leinster Open Sea estimate that there will be over 400 to 500 swimmers competing in the 98th  Liffey Swim.   There will be competitors of all ages, abilities and nationalities with teenagers pitting their strengths against 70 year olds.   The Lord Mayor of Dublin starts the race and presents the winners with their prizes at Custom House Quays.   Why not join us for the 98th  Liffey Swim?


Handicapped Races


The Liffey Swim is a handicapped races with the ladies and the men swimming in separate races. Based on the information supplied by overseas swimmers (see entry form)  the Honorary Handicapper gives the swimmer a handicap.   The Handicapper will determine when a swimmer will start the race.   The slower swimmers will start swimming one to two minutes before “GO” whereas the faster swimmers will have a higher handicap and have to wait four or five minutes after “GO”, with the final few going beyond even 10 minutes.   The winner is the first swimmer to pass the finish line.   Overseas swimmers compete for a separate trophy to the local swimmers, however both competitions are run at the same time.


Overseas Swimmers

Overseas swimmers must demonstrate on their application form that they have ability to complete the race course based on swims they have completed in their home country.


Please provide as much information about your swimming background.   Please give honest and accurate times for swimming 100metres, 200 metres, 400 metres  and 1,000 metres.   Please feel free to email leinsteropenseaswim@gmail.com with additional information.




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Start Date/Time:
Sat, 09 Sep, 2017 14:30

End Date/Time:
Sat, 09 Sep, 2017 16:30


Rory O’Moore Bridge (Watling Street Bridge) Beside Guinness Brewery


Event ID: 19992