Laser swimming club

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Established 1993

2015-2016 Laser Team Captains


 Congratulations to our  new Team Captains  Claudia Mc Nicholas and Ryan Hornet. We know they will be fantastic Ambassadors for Laser Swimming Club and we all hope they both enjoy a very successful swimming year.

Division 2 Championship,UL- 25th-28th June 2015

Laser swimmers enjoyed huge success at  the recent  three day event in UL. All the hard work and preparation certainly paid off. On Day 1 of the event Claudia secured gold in the 400IM in 15 &over and Freya taking silver in 13/14. There was silver medals for Alex in  200 Free, Ryan 100 Breast . A brilliant effort from Rebekah, Aishling,Freya & Alex won the team silver in the 200 Medley Relay. Day 2  Freya had another superb swim  taking gold in the 200IM and a Div 1 time! Great performances from Joe Tannian led to him taking silver in both the 200IM &100Fly and Claudia bronze medal in the 100Fly. There was PBs  for Aishling,Alex,Claudia,Freya,Joe & Rebekah. Day 3 Alex received her third silver in 400Free and a PB in 100Free. There was   more great swims and personal bests from team members Aishling, Ryan & Carolina. Joe deservingly claimed his third silver of the meet in 200Fly. Ryan secured a bronze in 200 breast and Freya another PB.This brought to a close a very successful and most importantly a very enjoyable Division 2 Championship for Laser SC .  A huge thanks to everyone involved  in their roles and duties over the weekend and   sincere thanks to coaches Joanne and Celine for their support to the team during the competition and throughout the year. Well done to all  the Division 2 swimmers -it was a fantastic way to finish the season!

Laser Graded Gala      NUIG  13th June 2015

We had a great turn out on Saturday night and the swimmers should be very proud of their performances in & out of the pool.
We had a massive amount of PB's and medals & A times galore.
Back A times: Alice, Ailbhe, Oonagh, John & Rory...
Back Medals: Gold: Aoife, Niamh, Mark, Oisin, Kell & Owen; Bronze: Rachel & Lauren
Breast A Times: Alice & John
Breast Medals: Gold: Rory, Owen; Silver: Niamh; Bronze: Sarah, Ailbhe & Liam
Free A Times: Oisin
Free Medals: Gold: Rory & Owen; Silver: Sarah, John & Kell

Thank you to the coaches Joanne, Robert & Celine; to our A squad who helped out on the night; and as always the parents of all our squads who did Team Manager, Time keeping & all the other many jobs that it takes to run a gala. It is great to have so many people willing to help out & without you we could not run the event so successfully. Thank you finally to the Committee for all the work behind the scenes

smRt Bar & Ocean Feed              June 2015

A huge thank you  to SMRT Bar & Ocean Feed who kindly sponsored t-shirts for our Division Squads. They are now all set for the Irish Championships. Division 2 takes place in UL Arena 25th-28th June  and Division 1 is on in the NAC Dublin from July 15th -19th  2015

Laser Swimming Club would like to thank all our sponsors for their continued support. We are extremely appreciative for all the help and the swimmers continue to endeavour to achieve to the best of their abilities at all events while representing the club and our sponsors

Munster /Connacht Championship            May 2015

At the LC Connacht and Munster Championships in University Arena, Limerick from Saturday 23rd –Sunday 24th May there was some excellent individual performances from Laser SC. Leading the medal haul was Callum Ashton who won four Silver medals in the100 free, 200 free, 400 free and 100 fly and Bronze in 100 Breast. Caoimhe Dowling won Gold in 200Breast, Silver in 200IM and 100 back and bronze in 100Fly.  It was an equally excellent meet for Jack Clarke who won Silver in both the 100 and 200Breast, Iona Ashton Silver in 100Breast and Bronze medal in 100Fly.Freya Murphy won Silver in the 400IM and Claudia McNicholas won Bronze in 200Fly.There were superb swims and positive performances  from all the squad on both days. This resulted in PB’s from Oisin Carey, Ryan Hornet, Aishling O Neill, Emily Butler, Alex McNicholas, Carolina Poskrobko, Rebekah Mc Manus and Joe Tannian. Congratulations and well done to everyone!

Irish LC Championships -May 2015

Congratulations to our three fantastic Laser swimmers David, Callum and Caoimhe who took part in Irish Open Championships at the National Aquatic Centre. They were among 350 swimmers from 60 clubs including a contingent of 51 from the USA and 8 senior internationals from Denmark who competed in 34 individual and 6 team events across four days of competition. A remarkable achievement and experience and we are all so proud of them at Laser. Thanks also to coach Joanne for her tremendous work 



Athlone A Gala                     29th March 2015

Well done to all the Laser swimmers who took part in the Athlone  A- Gala .Congratulations to Emer Crosby and Iona Ashton on achieving new Division 1 times. There was new Division 2 times for Emily Butler, Carolina, Freya and Aishling O Neill.

PB's and great swims all round from Iona, Emily, Carolina, Rebekah, Claudia, Joseph O Connor, Rachel, Alex, Freya, Joe Tannian and Aishling O Neill.  Thanks to coach Joanne , team manager Losita, Mairead and Pete and  to all the parents who came to help out and cheer on the swimmers.


AGM 2015



Sunday March 15th @3pm

Kingfisher NUIG


To all our young laser swimmers,


We have managed to secure some pool time on

 Sunday afternoon at Kingfisher NUIG from 4.30 to 5.30pm.


We are launching a Development Swimming Group and if you can swim a length of the pool on your front and swim a length on your back, we would love if you would please join this group, with a view to eventually progressing to Competitive Swim Team within our Club.  This could apply to you, if you were in the deep end of the pool at Leisureland or in a lane, at our Learn to Swim Classes.


The Start date is 1st March 2015, and the course will run for 5 weeks at a cost of €50.00.


Places are limited so claim your place by emailing Jane Clarke at, including your name and a contact telephone number.


Tuam A Gala                            January 18th 2015

Well done to all the Laser swimmers who took part in the first A Gala for 2015 in Tuam . Most notable performance came from Aishling 'O Neill, Joseph O Connor and Claudia McNicholas who achieved PB's in all their events. Feda Murphy won Bronze in 100m Breaststroke. There was a number of great swims from Freya Murphy, Iona Ashton, Emily Butler, Rachel Connolly and Aisling Dempsey with 21 PB's from 31 swims. Thanks to coach Joanne and Robert, team manager and all the parents who came to support and help out .                                                                                    

Well done all!  An excellent days swimming from all!

Carol Singers                        December 2014

Sunday 6th December

Laser Swimming Club would like to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to all our amazing swimmers and their families who came out to carol sing on Sunday in Shop Street .The weather was chilly but the shoppers were greatly cheered on by our merry bunch!

Special thanks to those involved organising it and especially to all that donated so generously and made this event such a wonderful start to the Christmas season.  

Re: Cranny Pool Leisureland December 2014



9th December, 2014.


Hi everybody,


Since last May following on the closure of Leisureland and complete lack of Information from Galway City Council to the five main aquatic clubs who use the facility, we Shark Swimming Club, Galway Swimming Club, Laser Swimming Club, Tribes Water Polo and Corrib Water Polo have come together and formed the “Galway Aquatic Community”.  We all the above mentioned clubs are totally united in our quest for a fair deal for our membership who use Leisureland.

Briefly, what is happening is Galway City Council have decided to increase the cost of lane hire to the clubs by 10% and have further decided to impose at €2 charge per child per swim.

This increase in lane hire and the extra €2 charge per swim is not viable for Laser Swimming Club or indeed any of the above mentioned clubs who use the Leisureland facility.

We, The Galway Aquatic Community, wrote to the Board of Leisureland, before their last Board Meeting on the 28th November, a copy of this letter can be read by clicking on this link.  Please read. Galway Aquatic Clubs 26th Nov 2014.pdf   At this meeting on the 28th November, the Board of Leisureland unanimously voted to allow the Galway Aquatic Community back into the pool on the same terms as heretofore, for 6 months at least, whilst a detailed survey would be carried out to see where the facility was losing money.  It was further agreed that while the clubs were in the water, Leisureland was not losing money.  This decision by the Board was overruled by Tom Connell, Director of Services at Galway City Council and this decision was further backed by Brendan McGrath, Chief Executive of Galway City Council.

We put pen to paper again and this this was delivered to all City Councillors before their meeting last night, 8th December, 2014.  It was decided at last night’s meeting that another meeting would be held on at 4PM on Friday, 12th December at City Hall, College Road.  There will only be one item on this Agenda – Leisureland.

This meeting will be open to the public.

I am asking you all to please turn-up in large numbers at City Hall next Friday afternoon, from 3.30pm onwards and for the duration of the meeting.  Some of us will gain entry to the Gallery but most of us will hold a peaceful protest outside.  Please come dressed for the weather and be as colourful as possible.  Inflatables, Arm bands, Placards, Flippers, Fins, Water polo balls, Surf Boards,  anything is welcome.  TG4 will be in attendance as will other media. 

This is our last chance to make the authority at City Hall reverse these charges

There is a list of City Councillors and their contact details on our Website and I am asking you all to please Email, Text or Call them with your thoughts in the matter.  Every contact with the Councillors is important.

Thank you for reading this letter and please spread the word and come along at 3.30 pm on Friday, 12th December, to City Hall, College Road.  I will be there.

Kind regards

Amanda Dempsey



List & address of Galway Councillors

Copy of letter to Councillors 8th Dec 2014



Laser News               November 2014


20th November 2014.


To All Swimmers, Parents and Friends of Laser Swimming Club.


I am writing this, to confirm to you that we have just completed two very successful fundraising events for our Club, Cash for Clobber and a Table Quiz Night.


Both of these events were a huge success as they were well supported and attended by you, your parents and your friends and supporters.  We raised much needed funds for our Club and young swimmers and we are very grateful to all of you.


We are indebted to all of the local businesses who generously gave raffle prizes to us and this in turn helped to make our Table Quiz last weekend a tremendous success.


Finally, I would like to thank most sincerely the fundraising committee who gave tirelessly of their time and energy to organise the Table Quiz, Danielle Kennedy, Saoirse Owens, Anne Carey and Marian Connolly.  Thanks ladies!  Paul Tannian, Thanks for all the questions, you were great on the night.  Finally, a big thank you to Marian Connolly for rounding up all the Clobber for Cash!


Many thanks to all of you, young and old.


Kind regards


Amanda Dempsey



Connacht SC Championships December 2013

Laser Swimmers collected a nice haul of medals and personal bests from the Connacht Short Course Championships held in Leisureland Galway on weekend of Dec 14th 2013.  Molly secured 1 Gold & 1 Bronze, Callum 1 Gold, David 2 Silver & 1 Bronze, Caoimhe 1 Silver, Jack 2 Bronze and Aisling 1 Bronze.  There were some good performances from the rest of the Laser swimmers - Claudia, Alex, Ciara, Carolina, Rebekah, Emer and Rachel.  Thanks to all the Laser parents who fulfilled official duties at the gala and to coach Celine and Patrick for their work with the squad.

100% PBs for Laser 3 at National SC Championships

Three Laser swimmers competed in the Irish Short Course Swimming Championships in Lisburn over the weekend of November 29th. 

On the occasion of fourteen new Irish records being set, the Laser swimmers also performed to the highest standards. Molly Dinneen just missed out on bronze medal in the 200m fly A final having also achieved a personal best in 200m IM heats. David Dowling achieved PBs in all five of his events and just missed out on a medal in the 200m Backstroke A Final.  He also achieved 3rd place in the 50m Backstroke B Final and 3rd in the 100m Backstroke B Final.  Caoimhe Dowling was the youngest competitor in the 200m Backstroke event and achieved another PB for herself and the club.  Ciara O Neill missed out on the championships due to injury so hoping she has a speedy recovery.

Laser Graded Gala - June 2013

Well done to all the swimmers from Laser SC, Blue Fin, Galway SC, Shark, Tuam and Longford who performed so well in the gala on Saturday June 15th,  There were a number of great swims with many swimmers achieving their end of season goals. 

Thanks to the staff at NUIG Kingfisher for facilitating this gala and to all who helped out filling important volunteering roles. 

Many thanks for supporting our club raffle. The club would like to acknowledge our sponsoring partners in this respect.

Great Success for Laser Swimmers in DMcC UL

Molly Dinneen secured her Connacht Senior Squad time and David Dowling broke the Connacht Record for 200 backstroke while also securing a British Youth Qualifying Time.  Well done to the swimmers and coaches.

Laser Receives Clubmark Award from Swim Ireland

Five Swim Ireland Clubs completed the Swim Ireland Clubmark Process in 2012. This is a rare award where only five clubs in Ireland have successfully demonstrated throughout 2012 their willingness to become more professional in their delivery of objectives.  The Laser Club Development Plan charts new initiatives to ensure long term development at a pace Laser Swimming Club is comfortable with.  In line with everything we do at Laser, the development plan puts the interests of our young swimmers at its core. 

Laser SC Welcomes New Partners

Laser SC are delighted to welcome new partners to our swimming club.  Ocean Harvest Technology Ltd and Inagh Valley Trust have agreed to sponsor some of the clubs key activities over the coming months.
The club are very grateful for such kind offers and look forward to working in partnership with both organisations.

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