Laois Marlins Christmas Newsletter!

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Hi All,

Just a quick note to say here is our Christmas Newsletter.  It gives you a quick up date over the past couple of Months, plus some details about Squad Training over the Christmas Period.

Please have a read, and if you have any questions just get in contact Via Whatsapp.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We hope to see you at the Pool Party tomorrow.

Just Right Click the Link Below, and choose save as to download the Newsletter.

Christmas Newsletter2018

Laois Marlins Swim Club Poolside Duty November 2018

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Hi All,

Please find Poolside Duty for Junior and Senior Squad set out below.  If you cannot cover your duty, please arrange to swap with another parent.  We are required by Swim Ireland to have a Parent on Duty at each and every training session.

Thank you for your continued support.

Senior Squad Poolside Duty November 2018 

Junior Squad Poolside Duty November 2018

Laois Marlins Swim Club Autumn Newsletter 2018

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Hi All,

Here is our Autumn Newsletter, you can download it here or in the downloads section.  Just right click the link and Choose Save As.

Autumn Newsletter 2018>>

Just a couple dates for your Diary

This weekend we have 13 Swimmers taking park in the Leinster Short Course Championships, we wish them all the very best of luck.  Swim Fast Laois Marlins.

Next Weekend is the Nenagh Neptune’s Gala, and we have quite a few of our younger swimmers taking part in this Gala.

Please Note that the Kilkenny Gala is Up on Its Plain Sailing and entries close this Saturday.  If you want to enter this gala don’t delay, running order is on our Up Coming Events Page.

Laois Marlins Christmas Gala is also up on Its Plain Sailing.  This is a super Gala for all our Junior and Younger members to get some competition experience in a fun environment, so all your support is much appreciated.  Running Order for this Gala is also on our Up Coming Events Page.

Laois Marlins Pool Party – Keep the 15th of December Free, we hope to hold a Pool Party for both squads during training on that Saturday, with food and drink for the swimmers afterwards.  We will update you soon with the details.


October Already Laois Marlins!

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It’s October Already Laois Marlins, and training is going well for both the Junior and Senior Squads.  We have a few busy weeks ahead, with the Wexford Gala this Sunday, the Qualifying Gala Next weekend and the Schools Gala at the end of October.

We will also be sharing more about some of the Fun Galas that are coming up for everyone this season, so don’t forget to check back on the blog and on WhatsApp for details.

Just a quick post to say our Poolside Duty for both Junior and Seniors squads is below and in the Downloads section at the top of the site.  We will also be forwarding it in the Marlins group on WhatsApp, at the end of every week.  Please ensure that you check when you are on Poolside duty.   If you can’t make a session please arrange to swap sessions with another parent, as it is a requirement of Swim Ireland that we have a Parent to cover Poolside Duty at each training session.


Wexford Harvest Gala

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Hi All, The Wexford Harvest Gala is on Sunday 8th of October and entries close for this gala, this Friday 21st 2018.

This is a level 3 gala and is open to swimmers aged 9 years old and over.  There is a selection of events at 50m, 100m and 200m.  There is also Individual Medley Races at 100m, 200m and 400m along with a 400m Free Style.  Some of the longer events are restricted to 11 years old and over.

If your child is interested in taking part and you are unsure about what race/races to enter, please talk to their coach and they will be happy to give you some advise.

All entries can be made through Its Plain Sailing Click Here>>


Laois Marlins Team Wear!

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Well the new season is well under way at this stage, and we know some of the new members may be wondering where they can get some Laois Marlins Team Wear.

So we have included a Link to Laois Marlins Shop on Team Wear Ireland.  You will find all the details of our latest Club Gear here.  Just a word of warning they can take a few weeks to arrive, so it’s a good idea to get your orders in to avoid disappointment.

Follow the Link – Laois Marlins Team Wear>>


Laois Marlins Back to Swimming September 2018.

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Hi All,

This is just a quick post to welcome all our swimmers, both old and new back to swimming for September 2018.

Senior Squad Starts back bright and early Tuesday Morning September 4th 5.30am to 7.30am.  Junior Squad will start back Friday Evening 6pm to 7pm.

We are holding Swim Trials for those wishing to join our club this coming Monday 3rd September 2018 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at the Leisure Centre, if you know any children who may be interested in joining the club, contact [email protected] for more details.

Don’t forget to check out the Parent Poolside Duty which is now up for September and is available to view on the Downloads page.

Looking forward to seeing you all again.

Gala Round up December to January

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The last Gala of 2017 for Laois Marlins was held at the Watershed, Kilkenny at the beginning of December.  Fourteen swimmers competed at what was a very competitive gala. There was a gold, silver and bronze medal for Sadhbh Moore, who had a great evening swimming PB’s on her three 50m swims.

Samuel Bourke-Carey and Caoimhe Moore both won a silver medal in the 100 Breaststroke and Fionn Cuddy won a bronze medal in a PB time for the 50m Back.  Ignaut Samuchov, Anna Murphy, and Tara Ann Tuite all produced PB’s in the 50m events and gained some valuable experience at an away gala. Aoife and Ella Cuddy both swam 100m events for the 1st time and did a brilliant job achieving some good times. Ben Wall PB’d in the 100 Breast & Cian Nugent in the 100 free both narrowly missed out on medals, as did Niamh Ryan and Zara McMahon in what was an extremely competitive gala.

From the 1st January 2018 swimmers can achieve qualification times for the Leinster Division 1, and the Irish Age Groups (IAG) Division 1 & 2 Events later in the summer.

The first Gala of 2018 was the Leinster Graded Development Gala, this gala is for swimmers aged 10 and over and is held at the NAC in the Short Course (25m) pool format, it is slower than times, so it is ideal for novice swimmers to gain more experience of a larger event and for more experienced swimmers to improve a slower stroke.



All swimmers at this Gala get a coloured wrist band according to the time they have swum for each event.  Thirty-one Laois Marlins entered what was an extremely successful gala for the club. Congratulations to Cian Nugent, Airidas Pocevicius, Eve Tarpey, and Sadhbh Moore, who all made Leinster Division 1 & IAG Division 2 Qualification times.

Nora Alastal, Lucy Brennan, Orla Colley, Katie Donoghue, Daniela Ryan, Ben Wall and Conor Menendez all had a successful day swimming several PB’s. Sisters Eimear & Orlagh Gildea achieved large PB’s in the 100 Breaststroke and both swam 100 Back for the first time with fast times. On her first trip to the NAC Zoe Holland had some great swims and gained invaluable experience at a provincial Gala. Sinead Larkin swam a PB in her 50 Breast stroke & 2 good times for new swims in her other races. It was great to see Grace Hayes one of the senior members of the squad back in the pool competing again. The largest PB of the day went to Noah Murphy who took 16 seconds off his 100m Breast stroke time.


One week later the Leinster Open Qualification Gala was held at the NAC, in the Long Course (50m) pool format. Held over 2 ½ days this event prepares swimmers for the summer long course championships and gives an opportunity to make qualification times. This event is open to swimmers over the age of 10 who have achieved qualification times. Twenty-three Laois Marlins swimmers attended the gala.

For Amy Bergin, Orla Colley, Sadhbh Moore, Katie O’Connor, and Kate Redmond, it provided an invaluable experience of competing in a 50m pool for the first time. There were PB’s for Scott Overton, Ben Wall, Conor Menendez, Kuba Krawczun, Sam Farrell, Lucy Brennan, Grace Hayes, Katie Donoghue and Daniela Ryan.

Congratulations to the swimmers who qualified for events at the Leinster Division 1 and IAG Division 2 summer championships Samuel Bourke-Carey, Toni Dolan, Sean Donoghue, Caoimhe Moore, Valera Zaharovs, Eve Tarpey, Airidas Pocevicius, Cian Nugent and to Nikita Bondarevs who qualified for the Leinster Division 1 and the IAG Division 1 Summer Championships.


The final Leinster Qualification meet was the Distance gala held at the beginning of February in the NAC again with the 50m (LC) pool format. Nine swimmers attended this gala and there were some large PB’s on the day. Niamh Ryan gained her first experience of competing in the 50m pool format.  Kuba Krawczun had some amazing swims knocking almost 57 seconds off his 400m Freestyle and Samuel Bourke-Carey took nearly 32 seconds off his 200m Breast stroke time.

This was the final Leinster Qualification gala and ended what had been a very busy few weeks for the club with some brilliant performances in the pool all round.  A big thanks to the coaches Padraic, Valerie & Joe for keeping up with the busy gala schedule and being so supportive to the swimmers.

Laois Marlins Annual Awards Night Dec 2017

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On a very cold night in early December Laois Marlins held the Annual Awards night for the 2016/17 season. This social occasion allowed the swimmers and families to meet up away from the poolside and to appreciate the hard work that all the swimmers put into training each week throughout the year.

The first presentations were the frame Certificates for the swimmers who made the qualification times for the Leinster Division 1 Gala, these swimmers were Grace Hayes, Katie Donoghue, Ben Wall, Conor Menendez, Daniela Ryan and Eve Tarpey.

Next were the Certificates for the swimmers who had made the Leinster Division 1 and the Irish Age Groups (IAG) Division 2 times, these swimmers were Sean Donoghue, Lucy Brennan, Toni Dolan, Zara McMahon, Caoimhe Moore, Cian Nugent, Airidas Pocevicius, Jordan Overton, and Valera Zaharovs.

The final certificates presented were for the swimmers that had achieved the times for the Leinster Division 1, and the IAG Division 1 Championships the two swimmers were Nikita Bondarevs and Shauna Dunne.

Awards were then presented for the Junior & Senior, Male and Female swimmer of the year. The Senior Male swimmer was awarded to Sean Donoghue who showed great determination in training all season which culminated in reaching 4 finals and winning 3 medals at the IAG Division 2 in June. Senior Female swimmer went to Caoimhe Moore, who worked solidly all season and continued taking her times down in all events throughout the season. Junior male swimmer of the year went to Samuel Bourke-Carey who worked hard in training to progress into the Senior Squad this year. Junior female swimmer went to Daniela Ryan who through her commitment to training achieved her first Leinster division 1 qualification times.


The final awards of the night went to the Coaches swimmers of the year, these awards were given not just for performance but for commitment to training, attitude, attendance, and determination. The female swimmer was Niamh Ryan and the male swimmer was Noah Murphy both of whom the Coaches felt were very worthy recipients this year.



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Swim Ireland club handbook is available for download here.


Packed with useful information on all matters related to swimming and competitive swimming.

Check out the qualifying times for the galas you plan to attend later in the season, eg, Leinster Div 2 and Div 1 and National Div 2 and National Div 1.