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Thomond Swim 2016 – Photo above from Thomond Swim 2016 by Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick

Thomond Swim 2016 took place at St. Michael’s Rowing Club on Saturday, July 2 at 16:45. The swim attracted plenty of competitors as well as their families who followed the down the river on foot. It was open to wetsuit and non wetsuit competitors.

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One competitor put her arms up to greet her friend who was also competing. Photo by Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick

The swim started from the slipway at St Michael’s Rowing Club and proceeded up the river Shannon turning just before Thomond Bridge. The competitors then swam down river marked by large yellow floats to guide them past King John’s Castle, the Civic offices, Shannon Rowing Club before finishing back at St Michael’ s Rowing Club.

The Thomond Swim covered a distance of 1800m and is a qualifier for the Liffey and Harbour Swims in Dublin.

Everyone across Limerick was invited to support the amazing competitors by the Clancy Strand, O’Callaghan Strand, Sarsfield bridge and Howley’s quay. They did so by following the swimmers on foot around the Shannon or by glancing across as they were driving past the crowds.

 

The weather was gloomy on the morning of Saturday but it ended up being a lovely day with rays of sunshine spilling down onto the city.

Thomond Swim 2016

A competitor greeted by her daughter when she finished the swim. Photo by Holly Kenny / ilovelimerick

Swimmers of the competition had to be members of Swim Ireland.

Through the sponsorship of Shannon Group and safety support of Limerick Marine Search and Rescue, swimmers of all ages from 16 upwards completed for first, second and third place non wetsuit male and female prizes, first wetsuit male and female and fastest overall male and female swimmers.

The results of the Thomond Swim were fastest non wetsuits competitors were Shona Hickey from Limerick Swimming Club and Chris Bryan from UL HPC. The fastest wetsuit competitors were Maria Ryan from Limerick Masters and Tommy Moloney from Limerick Masters. The overall winner was Liz Ryan, Shona Hickey came second and Charley Breen came third. The overall male winner was Chris Bryan from UL HPC, Paschal Phelan came second and Stefan Ray came third.

The sponsor Shannon Group formally came into existence in September 2014. They are owned by the Irish State and have a commercial mandate. Their business span over four key areas: Shannon Airport, Shannon Commercial Properties, Shannon Heritage and IASC, the International Aviation Services Centre.

For information on the route of the Thomond Swim 2016 click here.

To become a special member of Swim Ireland click here.

For news stories from us at I Love Limerick about the Thomond Swim click here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the ilovelimerick.com concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.

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