Longford swimmer set for European Paralympics bow

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Patrick Flanagan is to take his place on the Irish team at the upcoming European Para Swimming Championships next month.

Longford's Patrick Flanagan will represent Team Ireland at the European Para Swimming Championships which take place at the Sport Ireland National Aquatic Centre from August 13 -19.

Paralympics Ireland announced the swimming selection at a function in Swords Castle recently and the World Para Swimming Allianz European Championships next month will be the first time ever for Ireland to host a major International Para sporting event.

Patrick is named in an 8 person squad for Dublin 2018 and it also includes Rio Paralympics Bronze medal winner, Ellen Keane, Ailbhe Kelly, Barry McClements, Jonathan McGrath, Sean O’Riordan, James Scully and Nicole Turner.

Twenty-year-old Patrick Flanagan has been making a name for himself as a para swimmer since he was selected as the Swim Ireland Disability Swimmer of the year in 2012 at just 14 years of age.

Since then Patrick has begun to deliver on that early potential he displayed as he recorded several medal winning performances at the 2015 European Para Youth Games.

Team Ireland’s swim team have since departed for a training camp in Portugal as they fine tune their preparations for Dublin 2018.