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Club History

In the summer of 1882, a group of bathers in the Forty-Foot had a race from the Forty-Foot to Bullock Harbour - a meeting was held and Sandycove Swimming Club was founded.  Also in 1882 an eighteen-foot diving board was erected.


After four years of swimming and diving, a Water Polo team formed in 1886.  The first Captain was A. Carson, who at the time was a legendary figure among Leinster swimmers, having performed the amazing feat of swimming from Dun Laoghaire Pier to Dalkey Island and back on the same day! 

Another legend of the club was Eddie Heron, who was Ireland’s most successful diver, winning 34 national titles in both high diving and springboard events.

Sandycove’s senior waterpolo team has always competed at National Premier division level and has multiple National and Leinster titles.  However, while out last final was in 2018, we haven’t won the Irish Senior Cup since 1987 – a source of frustration and inspiration for the current aspiring Sandycove legends!


Sandycove's Eddie Heron at Blackrock Baths (1942)


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