Saturday, 22 March 2014


ILDSA & Swim Ireland Irish Ladies National 25k Championships
1st Fionnuala Walsh 8:31.42
2nd Alison Cardwell 8:42.02
3rd Lynsey Dunne 8:55.43

International Ladies 25k
1st Carole Laporte 8:06.42
2nd Colleen Blair 9:13.15

ILDSA & Swim Ireland Irish Ladies National 17k Championships
1st Lucy Gaynor 4:06.28
2nd Lean Mallett 4:28.30
3rd Natalie McLean 4:41.07


ILDSA & Swim Ireland Irish Men’s 25k Championships
1st Lukasz Kowalczyk 7:53.10
2nd George Meenan 8:12.02
3rd Paul Manning 9:45.20

ILDSA & Swim Ireland Irish Men’s 17k Championships
1st Gerard Curran 4:38.44
2nd Ger Carty 4:50.31
3rd Simon Fullerton 5:38.28
4th Kieran Fitzgerald 6:33.12
5th Cormac McKenna 7:14.41

International Men’s 17k
1st Simon Lee 4:46.18

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Lough Erne Resort Hotel

The leaders of the world's wealthiest countries will be staying at the Lough Erne Resort, Enniskillen, on 17 and 18 June. Why not come visit the resort and enjoy the Belmore Court & Motel Lodge at Lough Erne 5 star self-catering property?
The 3 bedroomed lodge sleeps up to 6 adults and 2 children and is situated overlooking the 4th green in the Lough Erne Golf Village. A short 5 minute walk over the wooden bridge brings you to the 5* AA and NITB Lough Erne Resort Hotel.  

More Information can be found at:

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Lough Erne 2013

The date for the ILDSA 17k Championship, National 17k Championship (Swim Ireland) & 25k Challenge Swim at Lough Erne have been announced:

Saturday 3rd of August 2013 

Entry fee and forms will be posted shortly, so check back soon!

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

 Lough Erne 2013

The details of this years Irish Long Distance Swimming Association 17k Championship, National 17k Championship (Swim Ireland) & 25k Challenge Swim at Lough Erne will be announced very soon.  This will include the 2013 entry form etc. Stay tuned for more!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

17k & 25k Results 2012

Irish Long Distance Swimming Association 17k Championship,

National 17k Championship (Swim Ireland)

& 25k Challenge Swim

Lough Erne

04 August 2012


ILDSA 17k Championship & National Championship (Swim Ireland) 17k

1st Female: Alison Cardwell ILDSA- 4 Hours 26 Minutes 13 Seconds

1st Male: Paul Manning ILDSA- 4 Hours 48 Minutes 09 Seconds

ILDSA 17k International Section

1st Colleen Blair (Scotland)- 4 Hours 57 Minutes 58 Seconds

25k Challenge

Kathryn Mason (Butterfly)- 9hrs 40mins 

William Ferguson Guernsey Masters who swam 20k of the Challenge.

Many thanks to:

Fermanagh District Council including their Sport Development Officer, Christine McCann and the Chairman of their Sport Advisory Committee, Keith Collen.

Peter Scott, Head Boat Support Crew.

Keith McDonnell (Extreme Ireland) & Aidan Murphy (Hidden Belfast) Boat Support Crew.

Erne Paddlers and each of the canoeists.

Manor Marine.

David Irving for the Certificates.

Patrick O’Byrne.

Finally, to the committee for their teamwork on the day, without which, the event would have been impossible to operate. 

Monday, 16 April 2012

Irish Long Distance Championship 17 km & The National Championship 17 km (Swim Ireland)
Lough Erne
Saturday 04 August 2012
Carrybridge Co Fermangh Northern Ireland to Enniskillen Lakeland Forum Northern Ireland

The Erne system comprises the Upper Lough, the Lower Lough and approximately 12km of river joining the two Loughs.

The location in all it’s beauty offers the Irish Championship at 17km Open Water Swim.
It is the longest Open Water swim on the Irish Swim Calendar and as well as acting a huge and significant goal in the championship it has acted as a stepping stone for the longer events such as the English Channel and beyond.

Fresh Water swimming is on the up in Ireland and this race attracts participants for far and wide, where the country is surrounded by challenging water and coastline the inland waterways have a equal challenge to its swimmers.

The lake in its nature is quite challenging and the temperatures vary at 14deg upwards but the freshwater is very dependant on the climate as the water running off the land can really affect the water temperatureFine weather can equally increase the temperature.
The Irish Record is held by Colm O Neill Dublin, in 3hrs 46mins a mere 14 minutes slower than the course record held by Simon Lee England at 3hrs 32mins significantly both set in 2003. Weather has a lot to play in Open Water.

Lough Erne itself has hosted some amazing challenges including a 50 mile relay challenge since 2007 initially set by world record holder Julie Bradshaw,MBE  Nuala Moore Cochrane and their team at a fantastic 22hrs 12mins and despite several attempts through the years the record was finally broken last summer with a super team including Fermanagh man Graham Little, Colin Hill and their team.

So if it is the Irish Championship that is attracting you, canoeing, supporting or the thoughts of challenges bigger than the 17km Lough Erne is the place for you.
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