Jones Engineering Group is delighted to announce a ten-year sponsorship of the Leinster Open Sea Swim Series in conjunction with Swim Ireland.
Jones Engineering will sponsor the Leinster Open Sea Calendar, which commences Sunday 28th in Seapoint. There are four annual major swims: the Dún Laoghaire Harbour Race, the Lough Dan Races, the Island Race (from Ireland’s Eye to Howth), and the highly esteemed Dublin City Liffey Swim.
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 to win the coveted Cup.
First run in 1920, the swim is the oldest continuously run annual swimming race in Europe. Jones Engineering Group, which was established in 1890, was a thriving business in Dublin when the first Liffey Swim took place and is probably one of only a handful of companies from that time still in business today.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr congratulated Jones Engineering Group and Leinster Open Sea on their new partnership. “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. 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”.
Jim Curley, Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jones Engineering Group said “The Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim is a unique event in our capital city and we believe throughout Europe. 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. We are delighted to sponsor the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim. 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. This sponsorship sits well with our company objectives of working with our partners and helping them to achieve even greater success.”
Gus Cooney, of Leinster Open Sea Series the organising body of the race said “We’re thrilled to announce details of the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim. 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. 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.