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2018 Swim A Mile Details Announced


Once again we are organising the annual ‘Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile’ in aid of Barretstown and the Children’s Cancer Research Centre at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. We ran another very successful event in 2017 and raised €27,000 which was divided equally between the two charities. Pictures from the event and details of the cheque presentations are here. 

Through your support and the generosity of your sponsors we have now raised over €552,000 since the event began 14 years ago. Thank you to all of you without whose effort we would not have been able to raise such a large sum of money and we look forward to your continued support this year.

Please encourage your friends and family to try the swim challenge this year. It is a great way to support our charities and enjoy the satisfaction of reaching some personal milestones along the way!


The focus of the 2018 event will be on Saturday and Sunday 21st and 22nd  April in the National Aquatic Centre in Blanchardstown where swimmers can avail of complimentary use of the pool to complete their charity swim.  We are encouraging everyone to swim a mile either on their own or as part of a relay group at a time that suits you around this weekend. Log on to the website and click the registration link on the Home page.  Choose the date of your swim and a time that suits you. If you cannot make this weekend you are more than welcome to complete the swim on a day and time that suits you in your local pool. Contact us and we can help organise this for you.

You will find a training plan on our website that will help you build up to swimming a mile in just 6 weeks!

You can also follow us on social media for regular updates and news.

We look forward to your participation this year. If you need any further information please let us know. 


2017 Presentation

Recently, at a ceremony in Crumlin hospital, cheques  totalling €27,000 were presented to representatives  from Crumlin Hospital and Barretstown. This was the sponsorship raised from the 2017  Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile and brings  the total raised since the swim was started in 2004  to over  €552,000. A big  thank you to all our swimmers, clubs and sponsors  for their support.

The 2018 swim will take place on Sat & Sun 21st and 22nd April. We have again secured the use of the National Aquatic Centre [NAC] on both days. So if you wish to complete your 2018 swim in the NAC please note the dates in your diary.

Booking details and times will be sent out in January.

Crumlin & Barretstown Presentation 2017

Ballyfermot Leisure Centre Swim Camp

Congratulations to Ballyfermot Leisure Centre swim camp who completed their ‘Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile’ in July and raised over €840.

Well done everyone and a HUGE Thank You

Ballyfermot Leisure Centre Swim Camp

Ballyfermot Leisure Centre Swim Camp

St. Wolstan’s Community School

Thank you to St. Wolstans Transition Year, Celbridge  for raising over €845 for this year’s Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile.

Pictured here is Irena Egan presenting the cheque to Brian Daly from the Ian Daly Swim A Mile with a Smile.

Thanks and Well done to all. Looking forward to next year already!

St Wolstans Presentation

Glenalbyn Swim Club

Glenalbyn Swim club, Stillorgan, Dublin have raised a fantastic €2,122 towards this year’s Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile. This was a record amount raised by the Glenalbyn Dolphins and the Glenalbyn Masters swim club and included a bake sale too!

Well done Glenalbyn and thank you very much for your support.

Glenalbyn Swim Club

Johnstown House Leisure Centre

Brian Daly receiving a cheque for €2,000 from Johnstown House Leisure Centre, the proceeds of the Ian Daly Swim A Mile with a Smile event held at the hotel in April 2017. Congratulations to all and thank you from both of our charities who benefit.

Johnstown house hotel

Mount Sackville

We’re delighted and hugely grateful to the girls at Mount Sackville School, Chapelizod, Dublin who raised €625.00 at their Ian Daly Swim A Mile with a  Smile event in 2017.

Here are all the girls who took part, presenting Brian Daly with the cheque. Thank you all !

Mount Sackville_2017

Salesian College Celbridge

A huge effort by Salesian College in Celbridge bore fruit by raising a massive €3,305. The TY boys all completed their Ian Daly Swim A Mile with a Smile in April at the NAC, Dublin.  Well done everyone !

Here presenting a cheque for the money raised are Mike Tracey and Brian Tracey.

Salesian College 2017

150 Swimmers from Lucan

Colaiste Cois Life, LucanColáiste Cois Life from Lucan, Co. Dublin had nearly 150 swimmers taking part in the Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile over two days in January, at the National Aquatic Centre. This is the largest group they have had since they started participating in the swim annually, in 2010.

All the swimmers had a great time. This is in large part to the work of the teachers, Tomas Konstantin and Angela Gibbons who put in a lot of effort in organising the swimmers into groups which helped the event run smoothly.

Thank you to all involved. If you have a large school or community group who would like to take part in the swim contact us  and we will help you make it happen, no matter what part of the country you are in.


Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan

6 Week Training Plan

ZERO to 1650 in Six Weeks

Young or old, fit or not, six weeks seems to be the most common length of time it takes to be able to swim a mile without stopping for rest.

Don’t allow yourself to be put off by thinking that swimming a mile sounds very far.

If you are prepared to commit yourself to swimming three times a week, and following the plan  you will be amazed by what you can achieve in a short time.


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