Swim Ireland (Irish: Cumann Snámh Éireann) is the national governing body of swimming and associated aquatic disciplines in Ireland, including Northern Ireland. It is affiliated with both LEN and FINA.
Swim Ireland was restructured and re-branded in 1998 after the winding up of the Irish Amateur Swimming Association (IASA).
Swim Ireland runs national meets which include:
- Dave McCullagh Memorial (March/April)
- Irish Open Championships (April/May)
- Irish Age Groups Division 2 (June)
- Irish Age Group/Youth Championships (July)
- Irish Open SC Championships (July/August)
- Irish Open Diving Championships (November)
Swim Ireland works with the different regions in organising competitions such as provincial Age Group Championships as well as other graded, distance and inter-club meets. They also work with the Irish Schools Swimming Association who run the Irish Minor and Secondary Schools Championships.
The Age Group InterProvincial takes place every year at the beginning of the summer months for swimmers up to the age of 16 years. This is where teams from the 4 provinces of Ireland (Ulster, Munster, Leinster and Connacht) compete against each other.
These competitions take place in either the National Aquatic Centre, Dublin or at University Arena, Limerick. Both pools have the compatibility to be changed into 50m and 25m.
In 2003, Swim Ireland hosted the European Short Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin. The event was a resounding success with a world record being broken by the Dutch in the final race, the men's 4x50m Freestyle relay.
Swim Ireland also organise The Liffey Swim which takes place in August to September annually.
Swim Ireland recently introduced a new squad structure. This begins with Club Level, then Regional Level, National Level, Team 2012 and finally the Elite Squad.
Team 2012 contains swimmers who have the most potential of making the 2012 Olympics in London. On selected occasions throughout the swimming season the squad meet together to train in the pool, on land and also attend lectures regarding nutrition etc.
- Who is Swim Ireland? from the Swim Ireland website (www.swimireland.ie); retrieved 2010-07-13.