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Welcome to SwinfordTriathlon.com

Supporting multi-sports in the Swinford area

Swinford Tri Sports was formed in 2009 and during that time the club has  grown from strength to strength.  Our main objective is to promote sport in the Swinford and the surrounding area.  We are locally based and comprise of persons from the various clubs and associations throughout the  Swinford community. 

The club is very active and run a number of training events throughout the year, including spinning, swimming and duathlon training.  We also join up with Swinford Cycling Club for their weekly Sunday Cycles and with Swinford Athletic Club for their run training sessions.

Our main goal is to get people active and enjoy participating in one or all of our activities. Some of our experienced members would be only too delighted to offer advice and introduce you to club events and activities, so why not get in touch and set your goals for the coming season.

 

The club also organises the popular Humbert Challenge Triathlond, Duathlons & Relay events in the summer

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Upcoming races

11/12 The Swinford Duathlon – Feb 25th 2018
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Our Sponsors

We would like to give a big thank you to our sponsors, without whom the club and the events would not be possible.

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The Humbert Challenge

Why Humbert? The French Invasion of Ireland 1798
On 22 August 1798, a French expedition of 1,000 men under the leadership of General Jean Joseph Amable Humbert (b.1767) landed at Kilcummin, north of Killala.  Matthew Tone, brother of Wolfe Tone, was on board General Humbert’s ship when it sailed into Killala Bay.  After landing, the French took over the residence of Bishop Stock, the Church of Ireland Bishop of Killala, as a temporary headquarters, before making their way to Ballina and thence cross country to Castlebar.  The French were surprised by the lack of military training among the Irish who supported them.  Nonetheless, over 3.000 Irish recruits joined their ranks on the march to Castlebar, many armed only with pikes and pitchforks.  This Franco-Irish force marched along the remote west shore of Lough Conn over rough uneven ground.  They passed Barnageeha (the Windy Gap) and arrived at Castlebar to face a startled British garrison under the command of General Lake.  They broke through the Crown forces and moved from Staball Hill down Thomas Street to what was then the market place.  From here, they took Castlebar Bridge, under the command of General Fontaine.  With the rebels in pursuit, the Crown forces broke and fled in what became known as the ‘Races of Castlebar’. But then their fortunes turned.  The Franco-Irish forces were finally surrounded by English troops on 8 September 1798 at Ballinamuck in Co. Longford. Here, the French surrender was accepted, but some 2.000 Irish were massacred.  Father Andrew Conroy, parish priest of Addergoole (Lahardane) and Father Manus Sweeney of Newport were hanged for their support of the French.