The Liane Deasy Memorial Swim
The Liane Deasy Memorial Swim is an annual open water sea swimming race held in south Dublin in honour of Liane Deasy and in order to raise awareness and funds for Epilepsy Ireland. Liane’s husband Mark Earley and his friends organised the first edition of the race along with Glenalbyn Masters Swimming Club in August of 2018 in Killiney. Over 250 swimmers took part and more than €2,100 was raised for the charity.
The 2019 edition will take place on July 14th in Killiney with the Men’s race at 11am and the Women’s race at midday.
Epilepsy Ireland is a charity very close to Mark's heart. He fundraised for them for the 12 months after Liane's death and raised close to €70,000 with huge help from family and friends. In place of that level of fundraising he is going to run this race each year to help the charity raise funds for the vital work that they do on a daily basis.
You can read more about their role in epilepsy awareness, care-giving and research here on their website: http://www.epilepsy.ie/
The 2018 Swim
The 2018 edition of the race took place on the evening of Wednesday August 8th in Killiney. 262 swimmers took part and over €2,100 was raised for Epilepsy Ireland.
Women’s Race Results
Winner: Caoife Darcy (Sandycove)
2nd Place: Julie-Ann Somers (Dublin)
3rd Place: Georgina Loughrey (Dublin)
4th Place: Catherine Desmond (Guinness)
5th Place: Helena Butterfield (Glenalbyn)
6th Place: Ann-Marie Kenrick (Pheonix)
Super Master: Fiana O’Keefe (Glenalbyn)
Master: Anne Murphy (Sandycove)
Vet: Siobhan O’Rourke (Tallaght Masters)
Fastest Time: Charlotte Reid (Aer Lingus Masters) - 18:05
Team Prize: Dublin - Julie Ann Somers (2nd), Georgina Loughrey (3rd), Catriona Kehily (8th) & Ruth O’Rielly (20th)
Men’s Race Results:
Winner: Cathal Middelton (Garda)
2nd Place: David Hogan (Tallaght Masters)
3rd Place: Colm O’Neill (NAC Masters)
4th Place: Gerry Moon (Half Moon)
5th Place: Niall Jameson (Wicklow)
6th Place: Stephen Nolan (North Dublin)
Super Master: Eamon Healy (Guinness)
Master: Ger Devlin (Dublin)
Vet: John Woods (NAC Masters)
Fastest Time: Stephen Nolan (North Dublin) - 17:14
Team Prize: NAC Masters - Colm O’Neill (3rd), John Woods (7th), Niall Tully (10th) & David Swift (11th)
The race will be run under the auspices of Glenalbyn Masters Swimming Club, the club with whom Mark swims. There will be two races on the morning of the swim - a Men’s race at 11am and a Women’s race at midday. More information about the rules can be found here: https://www.howdidyouswim.com/index.php.
Cost & Registration
Race entry will be €10 per competitor. This will be collected at registration before the race. All swimmers are expected to arrive well in advance of the race to register, to pay and to have their Swim Ireland number put on their arm. Please note the LOS rules once more especially regarding hat colours. The competitors' safety is paramount.
NOTE: Given this is a charity race there will be volunteers with buckets ready to accept any donations from the swimmers and spectators alike. Once the basic costs of running the event are covered, all other proceeds with go to Epilepsy Ireland.
There will be prizes in the following categories, including a perpetual trophy for the winners of the Men's and Women's race respectively:
Men's race: Winner, top 6 finishers, Vet, Master, Super Vet, Fastest Time, Team prize
Women's race: Winner, top 6 finishers, Vet, Master, Super Vet, Fastest Time, Team prize
All swimmers will receive a #LianeUp wristband. These will be given out at registration. They are a token from Mark in honour of Liane. You can read more about the wristbands here.
The prize-giving ceremony will take place after the second race on the beach.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, there are three categories of sponsorship:
Bronze, Friend: €250
Credit on event info page, social media credit X 1
Silver, Patron: €500
Credit on event info page, branding at event, social media credit X 3
Mention on all press/PR/media material, credit on event info page, opportunity for co-branded towel, branding at event, social media credit X 5
For more information please press the sponsorship packages button below or contact Mark Earley directly via the Contact Form further down this page.
As well as sponsors we are looking for small donations to help with the running costs of the race and to add to the money we are raising for Epilepsy Ireland. There is an online donations page here should you wish to contribute: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/the-liane-deasy-memorial-swim-2019
Liane & Mark’s Story
Liane Deasy was a wonderful daughter, sister, friend and wife. In April 2017 she passed away in her sleep due to her nocturnal epilepsy. The world shines a little less brightly since her death but the memory of Liane’s love, passion, humour and humanity lives on as strongly as ever.
Mark Earley is a secondary school teacher in Ranelagh, Dublin who has been fundraising for Epilepsy Ireland since May 2017 after Liane died.
Liane and Mark met in Galway in late 2008. They fell in love in 2009 and married each other surrounded by friends and family in Clifden in 2015. They loved each other fiercely, happily and with a healthy dose of mischief. They had plans to build a family, travel the world, live in Galway, grow old together, challenge each other and battle through the rough and the smooth side-by-side.
Mark turned to the sea as a mental and physical crutch since Liane’s death and is an active member of the Leinster Open Sea Swimming Association taking part in open sea races throughout the spring and summer months.
Liane was a keen sea swimmer and her and Mark spent a lot of time together at the Forty Foot and at Hawkscliff. Both places remind Mark of Liane; giving him strength, connecting him to her and to nature and helping him process and embrace the grief that he now lives with.
As a way of understanding his grief and trying to help others who go through similar experiences, Mark has been writing a blog called There Are Words. You can read it here: There ARE Words.
Many thanks to the below sponsors for their generosity and support in 2018. Without them the race could not have gone as well as it did.
Many thanks to the generosity and support of the following donors in 2018: Donal Carey, Susan Dowd, Adrian Bradley, Sarah Jane Monagahan, Alison Gilmour, Aidan McManamon, Cian O'Morain, Declan Culliton, Emily Ferns, Peter Winfeld, Breccene Ennis, Anne Marie McDevitt, Lizanne Barry, Susan Flemming, Mark Rudden, Michael Lantry, Michael & Finola Earley, Luan McKenna, Bairbre Harkin, Ronan Connor, Sophie & Tim McDaid Carnus, Rachel Ganly, Nicole Pizarro, Cian Hyland, Ellie Byrne, Sarah Mutton, Rory Dungan, Simon & Leena Bevan, Andrew & Michelle Brett, Tina Collier, Kevin Timoney, Eoghan Dillon, Patrice Finneran, Grainne McCarthy, Eabha Smith, Rob Kane, Claire Ryan, Claida Anuar, Doireann Brady, Gerrit Van Damme, Gillian Butler, Ciara Fitzpatrick, Laura Story, Eben Stewart, Clare Lynch, Lucia Glavin
There are many people who gave up a lot of time and effort to help the 2018 race happen. Without their hard work, Mark's dream of the swim would not have come to fruition.
Declan Culliton, Caroline Brennan & the members of Glenalbyn Masters Swimming Club
Race Committee: Eoin MacDonald, Rob Kiely, Shane Jannsens & Peter Lord
Volunteers: Paul Gleeson, Colette Cahalane, Shane Martin, Linda Barry, Sive McKenna, Luan McKenna, Mark Rudden, Bairbre-Ann Harkin, Elli Byrne, Sarah Byrne, Conor Duke, Emily Vereker, John Purdue, Roger Beatty, Kevin Timoney, Ben Sweeney, Paul Kieran, Liam Hennelly, Michael Earley, Finola Earley, Dee Reddy, Alison Gilmour, Fergus McAuliffe, Andrew Brett, James Earley, Niall Harbourne, Cian Hyland, Aoife Murray, Liz Schaffalitzky, David Fassbender, Ciara Ann McKenna, Alan Lord
Denise Lynch Photography
Website: Editing - Ellie Byrne, Finola Earley, Sarah Earley
Social Media & Sponsorship: Dee Reddy