Swim Ireland’s first full Irish Open Swimming Championships in three years start today at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre in Dublin.

The 5-day event will see almost four hundred swimmers from seventy-four clubs compete for national titles in thirty-four individual events and places on seven Irish National Teams.

The competition is open to spectators and will be live-streamed on the Swim Ireland YouTube channel with commentary from John Kenny, Andrew Blair White and Rio 2016 Olympian Nicholas Quinn.

The Open will be the final opportunity for swimmers to post consideration times for this summer’s international events including the World and European Championships, World Para Swimming Championships, Commonwealth Games for Northern Ireland swimmers and divers, World and European Junior Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival.

All of these events will be taking place between June 18th and September 4th.

There will be a host of Olympic and Paralympic athletes in action looking to secure times and form for the biggest international events of the summer.

Paralympic medallists Ellen Keane and Nicole Turner, and finalists Roisin NiRiain and Barry McClements are already under consideration for the World Para Swimming Championships in Portugal in June having met the minimum qualification standards.

Of Ireland’s nine Olympic swimmers, Danielle Hill, Darragh Greene, Jack McMillan and Finn McGeever will all compete, while Shane Ryan continues to recover from shoulder surgery, and Mona McSharry, Ellen Walshe, Daniel Wiffen and Brendan Hyland remain at their training bases abroad.

All nine swimming Olympians have been pre-selected for the European Championships in Italy in August with Hill, Wiffen and McMillan also selected for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in July.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to be back with an Irish Open Championships in Dublin after what seems like so long,” said Swim Ireland National Performance Director Jon Rudd.

“All our 2021 Olympians are pre-selected for the senior benchmark competitions this summer so a number of them will choose not to be present this time of asking. However, there will certainly be plenty of exciting head-to-head challenges across the course of the week with numerous junior and senior National Team places very much up for grabs.”

“It’s an exciting time to get the nation back racing on home soil in front of a crowd – and I’d suggest that it’s one not to be missed for any lover of the sport.”