Longford’s Darragh Greene in action at the Swim Ireland Winter Meet

National Aquatic Centre: Thursday to Saturday Dec 17/18/19

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Olympic swimmer Darragh Greene with Sarah Mulligan of Longford Sports Partnership Picture: Shelley Corcoran

Swim Ireland are hosting an Irish Winter Meet at the National Aquatic Centre from Thursday to Saturday this weekend. 

A small and select group of Ireland’s elite athletes including Longford’s Darragh Greene, along with Shane Ryan and Danielle Hill, will have their first races in a 50m pool since March, with the competition taking a unique format of short course (25m pool) heats and long course (50m pool) finals.

Speaking ahead of the meet, Swim Ireland National Performance Director Jon Rudd said: "We are very excited to be able to host this competition for the relatively small number of Performance athletes that are permitted to race at this time.

"It will be good to see where our potential Olympians for Tokyo and our other international prospects for 2021 are at this juncture.

"We are only able to accommodate around 10% of those athletes that would normally race at this time, under the current regulations, and what would have been a National Championships in more normal times, is simply a racing opportunity against the stopwatch for our premier swimmers.

"The support that we have received from Sport Ireland and the National Aquatic Centre to allow us to provide this competitive opportunity has been fantastic, and we hope that it provides hope and stimulus for those in our swimming community that will be looking forward to returning to competition in 2021."

This meet replaces the Irish National Short Course Championships, which would usually take place this weekend and would regularly attract up to 600 competing athletes.