Gala News

Leinster Clubs who would like to put Gala Details on this page should submit them to Tom Roche by eMail to

2018 Meet Licence Guidelines
Attached please find the updated 2018 Meet Licence Guidelines and Criteria. An updated application form will be issued in due course.

As part of the application process, all clubs in Leinster wishing to hold/host a competition must apply to Leinster Swimming for a date to hold their competition. We will collate the calendar for the region and work with clubs to ensure there are limited/no clashes with dates.

Any club events not included on the calendar by the closing date, may not be eligible to receive a licence at a later date, as part one of the process is to apply for a date in advance of the season. The season plan is attached so you can see available weekends.

Please note that no competitions can be permitted to be held on the same weekend as a National Competition, and no competitions are permitted to be held the weekend of the Swim Ireland Congress/Awards or the day of the Swim Ireland AGM (these dates are noted on the Season Plan).

Could you please submit your requested dates by Sunday July 16th, to We will review the dates, sort out any clashes and submit the calendar to Swim Ireland to be included on the National calendar along with the other regions. This will then be published on the Swim Ireland website.

New Line-up procedures for Leinster Galas
Click here for the new line-up procedures for Leinster Galas. They worked very well at the Graded on 25 Oct and will be used going forward.

Guidance Notes
Some time ago, Ger Fleming produced an Explanatory Note for swimmers and parents that outlines how a Graded Gala is organised and how the medals are awarded. He also provided a list of the Grades/Times for the different events; this might be placed on your club notice-boards or websites along with the Explanatory Note.

Meet Licencing
Swim Ireland is now introducing a Meet licensing programme which was piloted successfully in Munster in 2012-2013 with a view to rolling out the programme nationally in 2014.

The purpose of a Meet Licensing programme is to seek to ensure that all swimmers will have the opportunity to swim in competitions which are specific to their ability and that competitions of relevant levels are run to the same/equivalent standard. The Meet Licence Initiative is designed to offer three categories of competition classification in Ireland, which range, for example, from inter-club galas where no electronic timing is in place to the highest level category which would include national championship events. The licence process is a simple administration and advance planning exercise which must be completed by competition organisers prior to the competition season. The programme is designed to help support the National calendar planning process and in particular support the Long Term Athlete Development Pathway in terms of competition and training. The initiative will be managed centrally through a Meet Licence panel and will have a specified Meet Licence Coordinator.

Information regarding the Background to the Licence, the Licensing Process and an Application Form in PDF Format  as well as a MS Word version are attached.

From September 1st 2014, Regions applying for Level 2A licences and clubs applying for Level 3A licences, will be required to have qualified officials in the Lead Referee role at the very least. Also from September 2014, results from competitions without electronic timing cannot be used to enter National Competitions.

Ideally, clubs should start to complete applications now, so that if there are any issues, they can be flagged before the programme is officially in place in September.

All clubs who apply for a licence through this procedure, will be awarded a licence (unless there are huge concerns around Health and Safety) and Swim Ireland will work with clubs to ensure they have the appropriate personnel etc in place, to receive the highest level of licence possible.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding this process, you can contact Niamh McDonnell on or Pat Daly, Leinster representative on the National competitions committee, on

Club News


Leinster Clubs who would like to put news or other information on this page should submit it to Tom Roche by eMail at Suitable photos can also be submitted for the Gallery Page

Master's News

Master's News, Records and Claim Forms are available here on the Swim Ireland web site.




Leinster Competitions Committeee 2017 - 2018
Pat Daly (New Ross) - Chair
Ger Fleming (Wexford) - Secretary
Patricia Healy - Cormorant
Yvonne Daly - New Ross
Linda Tormey
Philip FitzPatrick
Caroline Bentley - Asgard

National Meet licensing Committee
Stacey Morris - NAC

Click here for Terms of Reference of Leinster Competitions Committee