By John Kenny
Swim Ireland has announced a seven-strong team to compete in the European Long Course (50 Metres) Swimming Championships at the Europa-Sportpark in Berlin from 18-24 August.
Barry Murphy, a bronze medallist in the 50 metres breastsroke at the European Short Course (25 Metres) last December, will be hoping to do something similar in the German capital.
Murphy will be joined in the squad by Fiona Doyle - a silver medalist in the 100m breaststroke at the World Student games in Russia last year - and who is now based in the University of Calgary in Canada
The five others on the Irish squad are 2012 Olympian Sycerika McMahon now swimming out of Texas A&M together with Dan Sweeney, Nicholas Quinn and Irish butterfly record holder Brendan Hyland.
Ireland’s other competitor will be Chris Bryan who will contest the open water 10K and 25K events at the Regattastrecke Grünau in South Berlin - the venue for the rowing and canoeing events for the 1936 Olympics.
Sycerika McMahon will also will lead a team of ten swimmers who will represent Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow from the 24-29 July.
McMahon,a European silver medalist from 2012, has qualified in five events for Glasgow including her favoured 100m Breaststroke.
In other news, eight Irish swimmers will compete at the European Junior Swimming Championships in Dordrecht, Holland which run from this Wednesday to Sunday.
The first day of action will see Dearbhail McNamara (50m Breaststroke) and 2013 semi-finalist Laoise Fleming (200m Backstroke) in competition. They, along with Calum Bain, will also compete at the 2014 World Youth Olympics in Nanjing China from the 17-22 August.