Successful season wraps up for Fermoy swimmers

Irish Youth and Senior Summer Nationals 2023

Although named a Irish youth and senior meet, swimmers from around the globe also race at this competition, so it is a very exciting meet with an intense atmosphere. Just to gain the qualifying time to be able to enter this gala is an amazing achievement.

A superb week for Fermoy, we even kept the commentator busy each day! The competition ran from Wednesday, 26th to Sunday, 30th July in the National Aquatics Centre, Dublin.

Fermoy Swimming Club had five talented swimmers racing. Sophie Baker swam in the 50m Free on another PB. Eabha Burke swam in the 100m Fly on a great PB.

Zach Daniels-Howard started his long week with the 400m IM with a PB of 2sec; 100m Breast with a PB of 3sec; 200m Back making finals with a 2sec PB; 50m Free; 50m Back achieving another PB; 100m Free; 100m Back making finals and a 1sec PB and finishing with the 200m IM smashing the event with a 7sec PB.

Grace Duggan swam in the 100m Back achieving a great PB. Amy Hawe swam in the 200m Free with a 7sec PB; 50m Free with a PB; 100m Fly making final with a 5sec PB; 100m Free with a 1sec PB; 400m IM on a 4sec PB and finally the 50m Fly on another PB.

Irish National Age Group Championships 2023

This meet ran from Thursday 6th to Sunday, 9th July, and we had eight hardy competitors taking to the lanes over the duration.

Back row l-r: Margaret Verling, Aoibhe Holland, Emily Donohoe, Emma Crowley and Victoria Dunlea. Front row l-r: Daniel Galvin, Jack Darrer Dalton and Euan O’Grady, representing Fermoy Swimming Club at the recent Irish National Age Group Championships 2023 at UL.

Emma Crowley swam in the 200m Free with a 1sec PB; 200m Back; 100m Fly achieving a 17sec PB; 200m IM 3sec PB; 100m Back making finals and 100m Free with a 1 sec PB. Jack Darrer Dalton swam in the 100m Breast getting a 2sec PB and 200m Breast achieving a 5sec PB making finals.

Emily Donohoe swam in the 100m Breast 3sec PB; 200m Free 1sec PB; 200m IM 5sec PB; 100m Back 6sec PB; 200m Breast 5sec PB and 100m Free achieving a 4sec PB. Victoria Dunlea swam in the 50m Free coming home with another PB. Daniel Galvin swam in the 100m Fly achieving a 6sec PB.

Aoibhe Holland swam in the 200m Free and 200 Individual Medley achieving a PB in both, and a 2sec PB for the 100m Free. Euan O’Grady swam in the 100m Breast 2 sec PB and the 200m Breast making finals with a 6 sec PB. Margaret Verling swam in the 200m Free with a 1 sec PB; 200m IM with a 2sec PB and 100m Back making finals with a 1sec PB.

What a week of fun and PBs in abundance! Well done to all of the above swimmers who made Fermoy Swimming Club and indeed the town of Fermoy proud by qualifying and swimming in this prestigious event.


Fermoy Swimming Club took part in the Munster Swim Festival in UL on June 24th. The swimmers demonstrated the tremendous amount of work and commitment they have put in since their last meet, with personal bests achieved all round.

Above: Lucia Miao, Jane Sheridan, Daniela Saptefrati and David Dixon who were involved in the recent Munster Swim Festival at UL.

First up we had Lucia Miao who swam the 100m Breast achieving a 1sec PB; 50m Fly 8sec PB; 50m Back 13sec PB; 100m Free 10sec PB and 100m IM 12sec PB – what a day for Lucia coming home with gold for the 100m Breast.

Jane Sheridan also had a fantastic day, swimming the 200m Free, 100m Back with a 7sec PB, 100m Breast 3 sec PB and the 100m Free.

Danila Saptefrati swam the 100m Free 4sec PB, 50m Fly winning gold, 100m Back taking his second gold, 100m Breast placing first, and 100m Free placing second. Danila made his way back to Fermoy with three gold and one silver.

David Dixon swam in the 100m Back, 100m Breast with a 4sec PB winning gold and 100m Free. What an a great competition for these athletes, coming back to Fermoy with five gold medals, a silver and great PBs.


Our competitive swimmers are now on their well-earned training break, and will return to the water at the end of the summer. Also enjoying a break from the 5am starts and lengthy days at competitions are their parents, without whose dedication to the sport and volunteerism we would not be able to function as a club. And of course our wonderful coaching team of Joann, Jackie, Paula and Oisin, we thank them for their hard work at training and their vital support and guidance at the competitions. We also have a fantastic team of teachers who work with our Glofish swimmers every Friday night, we hope you have a lovely summer and we will see you in September!


Fermoy Swimming Club is always looking for enthusiastic parents to help with the running of our club. If you would like to get involved in any way, please contact us through our social media channels or through any member of our committee. Whether it is as a committee member, to train as an official, or doing a small admin role, the help would be greatly appreciated.

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