The History of The Ian Daly Swim A Mile With A Smile


2013   10th year of the swim raises €26,500. The Dublin football team put their considerable weight behind this year’s swim. They attend the presentation of cheques just two weeks after their All Ireland winning efforts. They also signed a Dublin bodhran donated by Gerry & Lorna Hurley, which was subsequently auctioned off.   

2012    9th year of the swim raises €23,400. This year many people who cannot swim want to take part in Ian Daly Swim A Mile. So we had people who were sponsored to climb mountains, run marathons and Mini-Marathons, take part in Tri-Athlons and cycle 100 mile races. Peoples ability to raise money knows no bounds.   

2011   8th year of the swim raises €37,000 despite the tough economic conditions. This year Dublin city council and Kildare County council offer their facilities for the swim organisers to use. This helps ease the pressure on the pool time in the National Aquatic Centre which sees a very busy year. 560 swimmers take part in the NAC alone this year. Members of the Garda force on peace keeping duty in Cyprus show their support by swimming the mile. Many companies sign up to take part in this year’s swim as they see this as an ideal way to build morale in their companies while raising valuable money for Barretstown and Crumlin hospital.     

2010      7th Year of the swim raises €36,000. It is supported by many Swim clubs around Ireland. This year sees the swim adopted as part of the Transition year programme in a number of schools as its sense of social responsibility is seen as an important life skill for the students to learn. TV3 interview Laura & Brian Daly in connection with Ian and the swim. We also had swimmers complete the event in pools as far flung as Sydney, Australia, Hanoi, Vietnam and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.        

2009        6th Swim at the NAC Dublin is bigger than ever and supported by all our supporters from 2008 plus the Edge of U2 who makes a video message for support. To date approximately 700 swimmers have taken part. Over 400 swimmers in the National Aquatic Centre alone. If you would like to support Child Cancer Care through the swim you can contact Laura & Brian at The swim raises €50,000

2008        5th Swim takes place at the National Aquatic Centre and is supported by our 2007 supporters. The swim receives national media coverage which increases the profile of the event. The NAC dive team 'Dive A Mile' Runners have completed the Mini Marathon and the Dublin City Marathon. Celbridge Canoe Club have done a 'Canoe A Mile' and Celbridge Judo Club have done a 'Kick A Mile' Approximately 850 swimmers take part. The swim raises €100,000.

Dublin Marathon

2007        4th swim at the National Aquatic Centre supported by all our regular supporters for which we are grateful. Q102 in Dublin also add their support with regular updates on-air. Approximately 650 swimmers take part.

2006        The 3rd swim is sponsored by the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin who provide their top class pool for the event and is supported by Jason Sherlock and the Dublin Football team, and also 98FM, FM104, Newstalk 106. 450 swimmers take part. 350 in the NAC alone.

2005   The second swim takes place at Westwood in Fairview Dublin. the swim is supported by Éamonn Coughlan, Ray D'Arcy, Chantal Gibney and Paul McGrath. The swim is featured on the Late Late show and Nationwide devote a segment of their programme to Ian’s story, the motivationbehind the event. The swim getsgreat support from all over Ireland. 550 swimmers take part.€70,000 is raised. Actor Colin Farrell also comes on board to lend a hand in getting the word out.

Colin Farrell 2005

2004      Ian’s parents want to continue the sponsored swim in Ian’s memory and as a legacy to him. The 1st  annual swim takes place with Viking SC and Tallaght SC. There is also a table quiz organised and over €7500 is raised.

2003        Ian wants to organise a sponsored swim in his swimming club, Viking SC, to help raise funds for the Cancer ward in Crumlin Children’s hospital. He wants to swim the 1st length to start the swim off. However Ian is diagnosed terminally ill before the swim tales place and is unable to take part. However the swim goes ahead and is a big success. Ian  passes away on July 24th 2003.