Jones Engineering Group to Sponsor the Iconic Dublin City Liffey Swim
Jones Engineering Group are delighted to announce our ten-year sponsorship of the Leinster Open Sea Series in conjunction with Swim Ireland.
We will sponsor the Leinster Open Sea Calendar, which commenced last weekend. There are four annual major swims: the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race, the Lough Dan Races, the Island Race (from Ireland’s Eye to Howth), and the highly esteemed Dublin City Liffey Swim.
The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim will now go from strength to strength with the objective of becoming one of Europe’s most prestigious open sea competitions. This year over 500 swimmers of all ages, abilities and nationalities are expected to compete to win the coveted Cup. First run in 1920, the swim is the oldest continuously run annual swimming race in Europe.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr spoke on the new partnership. “Dublin City Council continues to be a proud supporter of the Dublin City Liffey Swim for many years and I’m delighted that Jones Engineering Group is becoming the title sponsor and supporting the continued development of the Race. The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim provides us with a great tourism opportunity for Dublin as we work to attract new visitors to our city”.
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.”
Gus Cooney, of Leinster Open Sea the organising body of the race said “We’re thrilled to announce details of the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim. The Liffey Swim is the oldest continuous annual swimming race in Europe and Jones Engineering’s generous sponsorship and commitment to the race for the next ten years secures its future. In recent years there has been a very strong partnership with Dublin City Council and we are delighted that this will also continue.” Swim Ireland have also come on board this year with us to help foster the growing interest in open water swimming.
One of the earliest Liffey Swims was immortalised in the 1923 Jack B. Yeats painting entitled ‘The Liffey Swim’, which won him a silver medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics competition for artistic endeavour. Each year, the race winners receive a printed copy of the famous Jack B. Yeats painting.
About The Dublin City Liffey Swim
The Liffey Swim is the longest continuously run annual swimming race in the world. The race starts near the Guinness Brewery and finishes at the Customs House.
Leinster Open Sea Races
The Dublin City Liffey Swim is run each year by the Leinster Open sea (a voluntary not for profit organisation) and is the final swimming race in the Leinster Open Sea Calendar of over 35 open sea races.
From June to September, there are two races every weekend at well-known swimming locations along the Coast of Dublin, Wicklow and Wexford. Races are held at Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth, Bull Wall, the Great South Wall (Ringsend), Seapoint (Dún Laoghaire), Dún Laoghaire Harbour, Sandycove, Killiney, Bray, Wicklow, Curracloe (County Wexford), Lough Leane (County Westmeath) and Lough Dan (County Wicklow). In order to qualify to swim in the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim, swimmers must complete six qualifying races from the Leinster Open Sea Calendar.
The Dublin City Liffey Swim is a handicapped race with the ladies and the men swimming in separate races. Based on a swimmers performance in the six qualifying races from the Leinster Open Sea Calendar the Horary Handicapper gives the swimmer a handicap. The handicapper will determine when a swimmer will start the race. The slower swimmers will start swimming first whereas the faster swimmers will often have a high handicap and have to wait five, perhaps ten minutes later. The winner is the first swimmer to past the finish line. The handicap gives each swimmer an equal opportunity to win the race and allows a 70 year old swimmer to compete against a young athlete who is competing for Ireland at an international level.
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