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Home improvement: New digs for Irish swimmers on the Abbotstown sports campus

Barry Murphy and Bethany Carson will live in the redeveloped accommodation on the National Sports Campus.

Swimmers Brendan Gibbons and Barry Murphy pictured with Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD (centre) in the new athlete accommodation.
Swimmers Brendan Gibbons and Barry Murphy pictured with Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar TD (centre) in the new athlete accommodation.
Image: Brendan Moran / Sportsfile

Updated 20.15

FOUR IRISH SWIMMERS will become the first athletes to live on the grounds of the National Sports Campus in Dublin.

European bronze medallist Barry Murphy and Commonwealth Games hopeful Bethany Carson will live in the redeveloped accommodation, bringing them closer to their training base at the National Aquatic Centre.

They will be joined by Brendan Gibbons (Athlone SC) and Niamh Murphy (Templeogue SC).

The scheme was launched by the Minster for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar who hopes to extend a similar opportunity to athletes from other sports.

As well as the NAC, the Abbotstown campus is also home to the Irish Institute of Sport as well as the headquarters of the FAI and Irish Sport.

Swim Ireland Athletes move into Campus Accommodation Source: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

“Living on site means they can save time commuting giving them more time to train,” Varadksar said.

“It also means that they are close to the Institute of Sport if they need an assessment or test.

“I want to commend the National Sports Campus and Swim Ireland for the foresight they have shown by enhancing their sport through the facilities available.”

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