The Dublin City Liffey Swim, the second oldest oldest open water race in the world, takes place this Saturday 9th September.
Since the first race on July 22, 1920 the Dublin City Liffey Swim has always brought great excitement to the male and female swimmers who come from all over Ireland and overseas to compete for the coveted title with every competitor having a chance to win due to a special handicap system.
Lord Mayor Micheál MacDonncha will start the Jones Engineering 98th Dublin City Liffey Swim on Saturday at Rory O’Moore Bridge (Watling Street Bridge) beside Guinness Brewery with the men’s race beginning at 1.00 p.m and the women’s race an hour later at 2.00 p.m.
The Jones Engineering Participation rates in swimming and open sea races are on the up once again and with over 500 swimmers registered for Saturday’s race it will be one of the biggest yet.
Speaking ahead of this years event, Cllr Mac Donnacha said:
“The Dublin City Liffey Swim is the most prestigious open sea swimming race in Ireland and is considered as the All Ireland Final for open sea swimmers. I want to thank the Leinster Open Sea and Jones Engineering who work closely with the City Council every year in successfully delivering this unique event. There is something special about swimming through the city and passing the iconic Dublin landmarks along the way. Come out on Saturday and cheer on the swimmers in this year’s Liffey Swim. Go néirí go geal leis an Snámh i mbliana, is cuid de oidhreacht na Cathrach é.”
Jim Curley, Managing Director of Jones Engineering Group said:
“The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is a unique event in our capital city and we believe throughout Europe. There is no other event like it for colour, excitement and spectacle. It has a special place in the hearts of Dubliners and our own company has a strong connection to the race – our Chairman Eric Kinsella swam the race so we are delighted to sponsor the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim. We are very excited to work with Dublin City Council and Leinster Open Sea as we begin planning for the 100th anniversary of the race in 2019.”
The Swim starts at Rory O’Moore Bridge beside Guinness Brewery. There is an opportunity for the spectators looking down from the quays and the bridge to clap and cheer on swimmers as they start their journey down the Liffey.
The Swimmers then swim down the 2.2 Kilometre course past Collins Barracks, The Four Courts, Dublin City Councils’ Civic Offices, Liberty Hall and swimming under the following bridges – Rory O’Moore Bridge, James Joyce Bridge, Liam Mellows Bridge, Father Mathew Bridge, O’Donovan Rossa Bridge, Grattan Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Ha’penny Bridge, O’Connell Bridge, Rosie Hackett Bridge, Butt Bridge and the Loopline Bridge.
The race finishes at the quay wall just in front of the Customs House. Safety cover at the race is provided by Dublin Civil Defence while Dublin Fire Brigade provide their now famous “Liffey Al Fresco showers” for swimmers when they leave the river at the Custom House.
Presentation of the prestigious Liffey Cups will take place along the North Wall Quay shortly after the last race finishes at approx 3.30 to 3.45pm. The Dublin City Liffey Swim is organised by Leinster Open Sea, a not for profit voluntary organisation, and sponsored by Jones Engineering and Dublin City Council. The race is also supported by Swim Ireland.