Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race - Ulster Connacht and Munster

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Cost No. Required
Ticket Type: Late Entry - Adult Sales End: 08-Aug-2017 12:05 Cost: €60.00 No. Required: Expired
Ticket Type: Late Entry - Minor Sales End: 08-Aug-2017 12:05 Cost: €25.00 No. Required: Expired

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race


Rás Chuan Dhún Laoghaire

87th Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race

Sunday 13 August 2017

Visitors' Race - Ulster, Connacht & Munster

  • Race Distance: 2,200 metres
  • 4 Qualifying Races Minimum
  • Closing Date for Entries Monday 31st July


Entry Form Ireland


Please read attached Entry from which contains both qualification requirements for Dún Laoghaire Harbour 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.

Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race


The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race was first run in 1931 and it has run ever year since, making it the second oldest continuous race in Ireland. Dún Laoghaire has a long association with sea swimming as Dún Laoghaire Harbour is beside the Forty Foot which is the home of all year round sea swimming.   The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race along with the Dublin City Liffey Swim are rightly considered the two most prestigious swimming races in Ireland. For swimmers winning the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race is akin to winning an All Ireland Final.   Sea swimmers aim to win one of the big two races in their swimming career. The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race comprises a 2,200 metre race around the circumference of Dún Laoghaire Harbour battling fellow swimmers, reaching marker buoys, avoiding any number of obstacles and taking on the might that is the Irish Sea.


The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race starts at the RNLI slipway beside the East Pier.   There is an opportunity for the crowd looking down from the East pier to clap and cheer on swimmers as they start their journey out around the Harbour.   The Swimmers then swim out by the National Yacht Club of Ireland, the RNLI lifeboat and out along the Carlisle Pier.   They then swim across from the Carlisle Pier to the mouth of the Harbour and the East Pier Lighthouse.This is roughly the half way point. Friends, family and spectators then can walk or run along the East Pier and follow the swimmers as they battle the last 1,000 metres home, past the anemometer, the Boyd Memorial, the Band Stand and finally the last gruelling two hundred metres from Berth No 1 back to the finish line at the RNLI slipway. 


The swimmers in the water can see and they certainly can hear the crowds on the return journey along the East Pier.  The louder the crowd cheer the closer a swimmer is to the front of the race. Friends and family can identify individual swimmers as they swim past from the East Pier. The only other swim, which has the same interaction between swimmers and spectators, is of course the Dublin City Liffey Swim.


Handicapped Races


The Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race is a handicapped races with the ladies and the men swimming in separate races.   Based on a swimmers performance in four qualifying races (Ulster Connacht and Munster swimmers)  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” where as the faster swimmers will ofter have a high handicap and have to wait four or five minutes after “GO”. The winner is the first swimmer to pass the finish line. The handicap gives each swimmer an equal opportunity to win the race and allows a 70 year old swimmer to compete against a young athlete who is competing for Ireland at an international level.


Entry Requirements for Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race

Swimmer living in Ulster, Connacht or Munster must submit four qualifying times from any reputable open sea race anywhere in Ireland before Closing Date.   The race must be approximately a mile and there must be a verifiable race result.  The four qualifying races do not have to be from the Leinster Open Sea Calendar




Swimmer living in Ulster, Connacht or Munster who complete four qualifying races from the Leinster Open Sea Calendar can compete in the Confined Race for the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Cups.




Start Date/Time:
Sun, 13 Aug, 2017 14:30

End Date/Time:
Mon, 13 Aug, 2018 16:30


Dún Laoghaire Harbour


Event ID: 19995