Jones Engineering Group has signed up to a ten-year sponsorship of the Liffey Swim as part of the Leinster Open Sea Series in conjunction with Swim Ireland.
The Liffey Swim is the best known of the four races that make up the series and which got underway last weekend with the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Race.
The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim will now go from strength to strength with the objective of becoming one of Europe’s most prestigious open sea competitions. This year over 500 swimmers of all ages, abilities and nationalities are expected to compete on September 9th in the 98th edition of the race.
First run in 1920, and designed by a Dublin City Council engineer Bernard Fagan to show the quality of the water to the citizens of the city, the swim is the oldest continuously run annual swimming race in Europe.
“Dublin City Council continues to be a proud supporter of the Dublin City Liffey Swim for many years and I’m delighted that Jones Engineering Group is becoming the title sponsor and supporting the continued development of the Race,” said Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr.
“The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim provides us with a great tourism opportunity for Dublin as we work to attract new visitors to our city”.
“The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is a unique event in our capital city and we believe throughout Europe,” added Jim Curley, Managing Director of Jones Engineering Group.
“There is no other event like it for colour, excitement and spectacle. It has a special place in the hearts of Dubliners and our own company has a strong connection to the race – our Chairman Eric Kinsella swam the race so we are delighted now to sponsor it.”
“We are very excited to work with Dublin City Council and Leinster Open Sea as we begin planning for the 100th anniversary of the race in 2019
“The Liffey Swim is the oldest continuous annual swimming race in Europe and Jones Engineering’s generous sponsorship and commitment to the race for the next ten years secures its future, said Gus Cooney of Leinster Open Sea.
“In recent years there has been a very strong partnership with Dublin City Council and we are delighted that this will also continue.”
“Swim Ireland have also come on board this year with us to help foster the growing interest in open water swimming.”
One of the earliest Liffey Swims was immortalised in the 1923 Jack B. Yeats painting entitled ‘The Liffey Swim’, which won him a silver medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics competition for artistic endeavour.
Each year, the race winners receive a printed copy of the famous Jack B. Yeats painting.