Lannon selected for Connacht Skills Academy

LUKE Lannon from Enniskillen, and a member of Sligo Swimming Club, recently competed at the Swim Ireland National Age Group Championships for the first time. 12 year-old Lannon qualified for two finals and the relay from his six events during a successful four-day meet. After securing PBs in the 200m freestyle and 50m freestyle he secured […]

Classy McCartney ranked 11th in Europe

FERMANAGH’s Ellie McCartney is now the 11th fastest swimmer in Europe in the 200m Individual Medley after setting a blistering new PB at the recent Swim Ireland’s Irish Open Swimming Championship where she set several new consideration times, as well as collecting silver and bronze medals along the way. McCartney, who represents the Ards Swimming […]

Positive vibes for ‘glass half full’ Coná!

IN FOCUS… Coná Gallagher! Coná Gallagher runs the dipsnhips Instagram page which promotes wild swimming and all things body positivity. She recently took part in a modelling shoot for Fintona business Moody Activewear. Coná answered our ’20 Questions’ in this week’s paper!   What is your greatest strength? My ability to see the positive in […]

McCartney continues to make waves

FROM a young age, Ellie McCartney showed signs of being something special in the pool. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Bob’ by her family because of the way she’d bob up and down doing lengths as a youngster, 17-year-old McCartney is most certainly fulfilling her potential. From her father Terry teaching her to swim at 4 years of […]

McCartney makes impressive senior step up in Rome

One month after her junior debut, Ellie McCartney made her Swim Ireland senior debut at the 2022 European Championships in Rome. Competing in three different events, McCartney, who was the youngest member of the team went head-to-head with European, Olympic and Commonwealth medallists. The Enniskillen swimmer’s highlight came in the 200m breaststroke finishing 24th in Europe. However, the […]

Three gold medals for McCartney at ‘Bangor Sizzler’

Ellie McCartney once again lit up the pool at the weekend, this time at the Aurora Leisure Centre for the Bangor Sizzler competition. Having finished her AS level examinations earlier in the week, the Ards based swimmer decided to compete in the 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, the 50m freestyle and her first-ever competitive 200m […]

Lakelanders look forward to final after third successive win

The final round of the AquaSprint at the Lakeland Forum on Saturday evening saw the Enniskillen Lakelanders go into the meet hoping to add to their wins in the previous two rounds. A strong Newry & Mourne team lay in their way but the Fermanagh swimmers clinched victory with 205 points to the 195 of […]

Ellie smashing her PBs at Dublin Super Series event

Ellie McCartney swam three events in Swim Ireland’s new Super Series at the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on Friday last. It was the 16 year old’s first short course meet since December last year. Ellie spent the week leading up to the event as part of an invited squad on a camp at the NAC, training […]

Swimmers Cora and Ellie in Irish national squad

TWO top swimmers in the county have been selected for the Swim Ireland National Panel Performance Pathway. Lakelanders swimmers Cora Rooney and Ellie McCartney are to receive special training when they join Ireland’s brightest prospects which include current and prospective international champions as they are guided towards upcoming events like the 2021 Europe and World […]

Remembering the Enniskillen man who swam to Scotland…

ENNISKILLEN’S renowned long distance swimmer Ted Keenan has been recognised for his North Channel swim, way back in 1973. Ted was only the third person ever to conquer the North Channel swim between Ireland and Scotland. Now, the man who swam the original  ‘triple crown’, the English, North and Bristol Channels, (he’s one of only […]