Shannon Masters Swimming Club


Sean O’Sullivan Memorial Swim 2015

On Sunday last in Killaloe members of the Munster swimming community travelled to the University of Limerick Activity Centre on the shores of Lough Derg to take part in 3rd annual Sean O’Sullivan Memorial Swim featuring 1.5K & 3K and this year a 5K race.

Organised by Shannon Masters Swimming Club, this event has now becoming a popular swim on the Munster Open Water Swim calendar.

Conditions were excellent on the day and in total 59 male & female swimmers, some in racing wetsuits and many in swimming togs (Skins) entered the calm waters of Lough Derg.

The swim itself consisted of a 1500m course, with one lap for the Shannon Masters Perpetual Trophy & two laps for the Sean O’Sullivan Perpetual Trophy, handicaps applied based on participant swimming ability and 2013 swim times.

The inaugural 5K swim event was ran as fastest net swimmer.

In the 1.5K event the female winners were Mags Talty winning the Shannon Masters Perpetual Trophy, followed by Justine Deming in 2nd place and in 3rd place Oonagh McGibney of West Clare Tri club.

The Male 1.5K event was won by Mark Dwyer of Atlantic Masters Swimming Club in Galway, with Alan Corby from Limerick Swimming Club, UL Performance Centre just squeezing in by the narrowest of margins for 2nd place. Alan clocked the fastest gross swim time of 21:01 for this distance on the day.

In the 3K event, the Male swim was dominated by Ethan O’Brien Limerick (Swim Ireland HP) a Junior International swimmer, winning back the Sean O Sullivan Perpetual Trophy he last held in 2013, Ethan also recorded the fastest gross time of 38:37 on the day for this distance.

In 2nd place was Christopher Kearns from West Clare Tri club and Ronan McHugh who recorded a PB to take 3rd place.

Full race results 

Final Results Version 1

In the Female 3K swim category, the Sean O Sullivan Perpetual Trophy was won by Bronagh Le Gear of Limerick Swimming Club, followed in 2nd place by Navy Swimming Club swimmer Tahlia Britton, and the 3rd & final place in the Women’s race went to local Shannon Masters swimmer Barbara Ryall-Jordan from Shannon.

In the 5K event, Irish International Marathon Swimmer Chris Bryan (Swim Ireland UL HP) from Shannon who is a regular 10K/25K race swimmer on the world circuit, taking a break from his preparation for the Olympics in RIO 2016 to compete at this event in honour of one of his early swim coaches finished in first place in a time of 1:06:18 to become the inaugural Male winner of this event, in 2nd place Luke Lyons battled to the very end to narrowly beat Ennis Swimmer Colm Fitzgerald and take 2nd place.

Maeve Ryan from Sandycove Island Swim Club, Cork was the first 5K Lady home in a very impressive skins time of 1:14:29, followed by Deirdre Tiernan of Ennis Masters in 2nd and the podium was completed by Alexandra Cremona of Limerick Triathlon club in 3rd place.

Skins category (Non-Wetsuit) prizes were given to Limerick swimmers Harry Harbison & Bronagh Le Gear in the 3K swim & to Aaron Carroll (Limerick) & Ann Downes and Irene O’Sullivan both sisters of the late Sean O’Sullivan in the 1.5K race.

The club would like to thank event volunteers, sponsors, safety craft personnel, hosts and participants for a safe & successful outcome.

In addition we would like to thank the swimmers for the voluntary donations to ClareCare.

Shannon Masters winter pool swim training resumes in Shannon Leisure Centre on the 5th Of October , contact for further details.

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On behalf of the Shannon Masters/Sean O Sullivan Memorial swim committee I would like to reiterate our thanks to you for entering and making this event a success in its 3rd year of operation.

It was again great to see so many family & friends of Sean O Sullivan taking part in the event again this year.

The event raised almost €200 for ClareCare a local charity.

We hope that you will return to support this event in 2016.

We have decided to retain the 5K distance in 2016 and will use ‘Chipped’ timing next year

Kinds regards,

Micheal Rooney

Please results here 


Sean O Sullivan Memorial News update :

The start times:

Registration starts from 9 Registration is located at the Ulac adventure centre

Race briefing 5k : 10.15

Race start 5k: 10.30

Race briefing 1.5 and 3k: 11.00

Race start 1.5 and 3k: 11.15

Full Pdf of Information here swimbriefdoc

“Sean O Sullivan Memorial Swim” 
Sunday 6th September 2015 
The Event
This is the third running of the Sean O’Sullivan memorial swim, the event is being run under Swim Ireland/Munster Open Water swim rules & all swimmers must have Swim Ireland insurance.
 The University of Limerick Activity Centre (ULAC) is kindly facilitating the event start/finish and also providing changing rooms/toilet/shower and other facilities on the day
 The swim distances on offer to entrants are 1.5K, 3K, & 5K.
 Swimmers in the 5k even will have race numbers on one hand in red. Swimmers in the 3K event will have race numbers on both their hands in RED, and swimmers in the 1.5K event will have their race numbers on both their hands in BLACK writing.
 Swimmers in the three events will have different colour swim caps.
 Detailed vetting of all entrants will take place and together with estimated 750m/1500m swim times being requested as part of the registration process only very competent swimmers will be allowed to take part in the races on the day.
Swimmers under the age of 18 are required to have guardian or parental consent.
The minimum age for competitors in the 1.5/3K swim is 12, and it should be determined at registration that swimmers aged between 12-18 yrs. are competent for the distances entered. Minimum age for the 5k swim is 16.
 Fee for 5k swim will be 30 euro, fee for 1.5 and 3k swims is 20 euro.
Finish times will be taken and winners in several categories will be named – but the emphasis is on event completion and not time.  
 For safety reasons, the organisers will remove all swimmers from the water if their session has not been completed within the maximum time (45 minutes-1.5K swim/70 minutes-3K swim, 135 minutes-5k swim) or if a swimmer is in obvious distress.
The race begins with a shallow water start adjacent to the end of the pier, all swimmers must have at least one hand on the pier wall.
 Sign in registration on the day is between 09:00-10:30am,
5k: Race briefing at 10:15am,   Race start 5k: 10.30
1.5k and 3k: Race briefing at 11:00am,   Race start: 11:15
 The course for the 1.5 and 3k swims will be marked by large coloured buoys & the route is anti-clockwise (Marker Buoys on the LH side of Swimmers) but the safety boats and kayakers will ensure no swimmers veer off course. The course for the 5k swim is an out and back swim with a small island to be circumnavigated as the turnaround point. It will be marked by bouys which are maintained on the RH side of the swimmers for both the out and back segments. However, on rounding the island, the swimmers will be guided by bouys back to the out route, rather than being allowed swim directly across the lake to the centre (See diagram). Safety boat and kayakers are also on hand for the 5k swim.





Shannon Masters & GoTri Swim series

Night One : Quinn Lake

Options 500m & 1000m

We had a lovely evening for swimming in Quinn Lake, as always a picturesque location. 19 swimmers took to the start lines including both Juniors and senor swimmers.

Results: swimseriesresultsquinnlake

A big Thank you to the members of Bunratty Search and rescue who came out to support the club training event.

Next week we are in Ballyalla Lake at 7pm. Please note that we must start on time due to light.

Please car pool and if anyone wants to run afterwards on the Itri Ennis route lets do it – but please remember your High Viz.

Dont FORGET!!! Please sign up online for the Sean O Sullivan Memorial Swim in Killaloe on September 6th 5KM/3KM/1.5KM / Kids swims

Yours in sport


Night Two Ballyalla Lake Ennis Co Clare

Options 600m & 1500m

A gorgeous evening in an ideal location, a few reeds to navigate and a submerged cranog to swim over. As always great support from Bunratty Search and  Rescue made sure all were safe and Mairead and her Garmin made sure the course was set out to distance….. Ish she said

Full Results here swimseriesresultsnight2ballyablla

Night 3

Night 3 will take place in O Briens Bridge

Location point: Playground

2.5km swim

2 loops down using the great Bunratty search and rescue crew for markers. 1 loop for juniors and new open water swimmers.

Results here


Night 4 

Bunratty 2.5km swim 

you will be taken by boat out to the start point and dropped off. After the swim we hope to celebrate the mini series with a get together in Nellies. All welcome.

Cancelled due to excessive rain. We hope to re-organise if not we will award the prizes based on the 3 previous race nights.