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New Ross Annual Swimming Gala

posted Apr 14, 2016, 1:48 PM by Paul Allen

The excitement at the Apex swimming pool was palpable Sunday last as 211 swimmers from 

neighbouring clubs and counties braved the wind and rainy conditions to descend on New Ross, 

attending the first ever open gala held in the redeveloped pool.

Asgard Swimming Club Dublin, Aura Dundalk Swimming Club, Barracuda Swim Club , Carrick 

Dippers, Enniscorthy Swim Club, Laois Marlins, Splashworld Sharks Tramore, St. Fiacc's Carlow, Swim 

Club Courtown, Waterford Crystal SC, Wexford SC along with hosts New Ross Swimming Club.

Competition was always going to be tough, as the New Ross Gala was an opportunity for swimmers to make national 

Division 1 and Division 2 qualifying times. And the race results reflected this. 

The host club were the big winners on the day, with podium finishes for Min Allen , Evan and Sadhbh 

Bailey, Eoin Bergin, Shauna Bowe, Danielle and Nicole Colfer, Mickey Connell, Caoimhe Connolly, 

Deirbille Cruise, Niamh Fogarty, Cian Foley, Ronan Gibbon, Lydia Kehoe, Ruth Kelly, Donnacha 

McCarthy, Phelim and Beibhinn O’ Connor, Clodagh Quirke and Stuart Vaughan.

PB’s were achieved by Ide Aspel, Leagh Bailey, Ciara Bethell, Aoife, Ciara and Theresa Brennan, Laura 

and Sarah Connell, Moilli Connolley, Eabha Cullen, Orla Fleming, Cillian and Tiernan Foley, Sarina 

Hearne, Molly Hennessey-Murphy, Siobhan Murphy, Murtagh O’ Connor, Conor Redmond, Mairead 

Royce and Jessica Toothill. 

Many thanks to all the sponsors, staff and management at the Apex, coaches, committee and 

parents for their hard work on the day. 

Meanwhile Denis Kilbride and Caoimhe Daly swam a blinder with Team Leinster at the Ulster Age 

Groups. A determined Caoimhe improved her personal times across the board, completing in the 

100 free, 100 and 200 back, 800 free , 200 and 400 IM (5th), 100 (5th) and 200 fly (4th) 

Solid and consistent swimming also from Denis with seven top 10 finishes including silver (1500 m 

free) and bronze (400 m free). Well done guys, you did your club, county and province proud!

An inspiration to all young swimmers, showing us that swimming is a sport for life - Special 

congratulations to Adrian O'Connor on his Irish masters record in the 200 backstroke.