Lee Swim


Logo for the Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim 2013

The 'Vibes & Scribes' Lee Swim 2014 will take place on Saturday, 12th July at 4:00pm.

Online entries are now open.
Go to Active Network pages to book your place! 

We received a record entry of 420 swimmers in 2013 and we're hoping to exceed that in 2014, the centenary of the Swim and the 10th Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim since its re-launch in 2005. 

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Results for the 'Vibes & Scribes' Lee Swim 2011:

Results by Swim TimeResults by Sex & Swim TimeResults by Age GroupResults for Denis Ollivere TrophyResults for Denis O'BrienTrophy

The Tadhg Philpott Memorial Cup was won Mallow Masters SC with 141 points. Second was Sandycove Island SC with 116 and third Cork Masters on 114 points.

Thanks to all our sponsors and to the large numbers of volunteers that contributed to making the day very special indeed.

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What is the Lee Swim?

The Lee Swim is one of the top open water swimming events in Ireland and everyone is welcome. The Lee River course runs through the centre of the City to maximise crowds – a great family event!
Originally held in 1914, the 2005 event drew 110 swimmers and crowds in excess of 5,000. Since then the event has attracted an average entry of 300 swimmers. This year the Lee Swim Organising Committee is planning for 400! Most of the swimmers compete for age group prizes (under 20, 20-24, 25-29….up to 80-84!), some raise money for local charities and a good number just swim for the enjoyment of the day and the cheers of family and friends.
Following the swim a very social atmosphere continues on the boardwalk outside the Clarion Hotel and various festivities into the night.

The swim is approx 2,000m (1,700m downstream and 300m upstream). The route is shown in the course map.


Proven safety measures will be in place, including coordination with Garda/emergency services and excellent safety boat support.
A detailed briefing on safety resources and procedures will be given just before the swim.


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Cork Lions Club is the official charity of the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim 2011. If you are planning to raise funds for charity, the Organising Committee urges you to consider donating at least part of the monies collected to Cork Lions Club. Since the re-launch of the Lee Swim in 2005, the Club has been an equal partner with Cork Masters SC in organising the event and has provided insurance cover, ensuring its establishment as an annual event, open to all competent swimmers. The Club’s commitment to insure the event in 2011and future years is also very much appreciated.