• The 1500 is suited for intermediate to advanced swimmers;
  • It is the same swim as for the Olympic event at TriAthy;
  • The 1500 starts north of Crom-a-boo bridge and finishes at the ramp/jetty close to the Courthouse at Athy.
  • To start, swimmers face upstream and swim against the current for the first 600m
  • After rounding a marker, the remaining 900m is fully downstream.
  • Swimmers go by White Castle, and thread one of the eyes of Crom-a-boo bridge before finishing at the jetty.
  • Please note that wetsuits are mandatory for this swim.

Did you know?

  • The River Barrow is Ireland's second longest River and only becomes navigable for boats from Athy onwards.
  • At Athy, it is generally shallow during May with water temperatures in the region of 13 degrees.


We regret to announce that the SwimAthy event planned for Sunday 23 August 2020 will be postponed arising from the COIVD-19 measures currently in place for County Kildare.

We know this will come as a disappointment to many of you, but this decision is in the best interest of all swimmers, stakeholders and the local community at Athy.

We will be in touch with all SwimAthy participants in the coming days with more details surrounding this postponement. Please bear with us while we work out the details.

Yours in sport,

The SwimAthy Team