SUNDAYS WELL SWIMMING CLUB

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Founded 1924

Affiliated to Swim Ireland

Sundays Well Swimming Club

Sunday's Well Swimming Club, the 'Well', was founded in 1924 in Cork City. The Club celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1999. Historically, the Club has retained a strong competitive orientation based on a solid teaching base and operates on a purely amateur basis.

Club Colours and Coat of Arms: Green, red and white are the colours of all the Sunday's Well group of clubs. Sundays Well Rugby Club is based at Musgrave Park, while Sunday's Well Tennis Club is located in the Mardyke across the river Lee from the slopes of the Sundays Well district of the city. The right to use the Arms of City of Cork was granted to Sunday's Well Swimming Club by Cork Corporation for services rendered to the community. The motto of Cork City is 'statio bene fide carinis', which means 'a safe harbour for ships'.

Club Achievements

This short description includes the names of some of the Club's Irish Champions, Irish Team members, prominent club coaches, Presidents of the Munster Branch and the IASA, and others who have rendered stalwart service to the Club since 1924.

Dave Quintan (1937) became the first Irish champion from Munster. He was followed by W. Morough (1946), Mary (Wiley) O'Herlihy and Terry O'Connor (1956). Gus Healy, Lord Mayor of Cork, was IASA President in 1941 and was a driving force in the Club for many years. Gus was honoured by the City through the construction of the Gus Healy Pool in Douglas, which remains the headquarters of the 'Well'. Under coach Leonard Clarke (IASA President, 1957) Brenda (Murphy) Ryan and Phil Darcy brought Irish freestyle swimming to new heights in the late 1950s and early 1960's, as the 'Well' won the Irish Championship Women's 4 x 100 freestyle (1959 & 1961). Phil Darcy was the dominant force in Irish freestyle and butterfly swimming in the early 1960's. Other top swimmers of this period were Ger Kenefick, Paul and Andreas Whelton (1960's - diving).

Tom Cross and Jimmy Martin were the club coaches late in the 1960's and early 1970's. They coached a large squad with numerous swimmers winning Irish Championships and/ or gaining places on the Irish National Team. These swimmers included: Jane (Cross) Jolly, Stella (Bowles) Myler, Mary (Donnelly) Brickley, Dorothy Cross, Kieran Kelleher, Declan Bowles, Brian Clifford (Olympic honours), Mary (O'Neill) Lee, Neil Manley, Aidan Logan, Claire Coleman, John Corr, Kieran Nolan and Sean Nolan. In 1972 the 'Well' won the Men's Irish Championship 4 x 100m freestyle, followed in 1973 by the Medley title. In 1972, the 'Well' ladies won the 4 x 100 medley relay and were to successfully defend that title for the following three years. In 1974, the ladies won a remarkable double - both the freestyle and medley Irish Championships.

A number of these swimmers have reached top world rankings in masters swimming and are still active members of the Cork Masters Swimming Club. Jane Jolly and Mary Brickley were members of the ladies relay, which set a new world record at the World Masters Championships in Canada in 1985. Kieran Kelleher was a member of the 1993 relay team which set a new European Masters record. Mary O'Herlihy, Mary Lee, Stella Myler, Jane Jolly, Brenda Ryan, and Kieran Kelleher have all gained medals at European, or World Masters level, and currently hold Irish Masters Records.

The mid-1990's saw a revival in club fortunes with a steadily growing teaching base and a talented development squad. Since then, the 'Well' has been the strongest swimming club in Munster and certainly the one to beat.

In the summer of 2003, Leonore Kelleher represented Ireland at the FINA World Swimming Championships in Barcelona, swimming all three ladies Butterfly events as well as the 50m Freestyle.