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Dear Friend,

IRONMAN 70.3 has arrived! On August 9th for the first time, Ironman will take place in Ireland.


General tickets for the event sold out within hours and we are delighted to announce that tickets are now available by supporting Focus Ireland. We work with families, children and young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across Ireland.

 Did you know?

  • 5,000 people are homeless in Ireland
  • 1 in 5 using homeless services is a child
  • In 2015 alone, Focus Ireland supported over 11,000 people
  • We have over 70 projects across Ireland providing warm meals, practical support and education along

with safe and secure housing

If you would like to take part in this exhilarating event and do it for a great cause then look no further.  Join Team Focus Ireland for an unforgettable experience! Would you like to share the experience with your friends or family? We also have relay entries for teams of three for just €100 per team just for you!

If you are interested in taking part please contact Suzanne McCabe at  / 01 881 5916 or for full information see

We hope to see you there!


Rebecca Reynolds,

National Fundraising Initiatives Manager, or 086 7960522

Galway SC B/C Gala

GSC B/C Graded Gala update:

Hi all, Well our Bluefin swimmers did us (and themselves) proud at the B/C graded gala in NUIG on Sunday evening.

We had 11 swimmers: 21 swims with 2 gold medals, 5 silver medals, 7 pb’s and a new A time. We had 10 new times from our wonderful swimmers.

Jamie Gunning(9) putting in a remarkable performance in Boys U11 Breast Stroke and Boys U11 100m IM.

Jake Van de Beek(11) achieved a fantastic 5 second PB in the U11 breast stroke and a new time in the 100m IM.

Luke Burke, fantastically achieved great times in his first gala ever. Well done Luke.

Alex Duffy(12) got great new times with his two swims, and received a gold (breast) and silver (IM) for his efforts. Well done Alex.

Hannah Durkan (11) achieved a whopping 27 second PB in her 100m Breast stroke and a fantastic B time in the 100m IM. Super swim Hannah.

Emily Talbot (11) swam brilliantly with a huge 16 sec PB in the 100m breast stroke and a new time in the 100m IM – ooooooh so close to a B time Emily.

Lucy O’Dea (12) achieved a fantastic 12 second PB in the 100m breast stroke – and a gold medal for her efforts. She also swam well in her 100m IM achieving a new B time. Ugh… very close to the A there Lucy.

Alana(12) and Aoife(12) Fury – the great comeback twins – did us and themselves proud. Both received excellent PBs and Alana got a Gold and Silver medal for herself. Aoife also received a bit of bling, bringing home a silver for the 100m IM.

Ciara Mohan (15) did an excellent breast with a fantastic 6 sec PB and a new B time in the 100m IM. Ciara also acquired a bit of bling for herself, taking home two silver medals.

Last but not least, Cathal Reck achieved his A time in the 100m IM – I bet that was worth the wait, Cathal. Well done.

Bluefin also had two entries for the Mixed Relays, U11 and 12-13 – Emily and Hannah with Jake and Luke swam excellently but unfortunately the other teams got the better of them.

Max and Alex with Aoife and Lucy also swam excellently in there race. Well done to Max Bonvicsini-Bennett on his first gala also… first of many Max!

Thanks to Helen Gunning and Seamus Leahy who were coaches at the poolside, guiding and assisting the children for the evening. Thanks to Marion Furey for helping out also and saving us a few quid (don’t ask). I was very proud to be Team Manager as the children did themselves and the club proud. Also thanks to the gorgeous Claire for her assistance.

Well done to all.