Barry Murphy plans to build on his short course success for the European Long Course Swimming Championships in Berlin next week. 

The Dubliner claimed a bronze medal in the 50m breaststroke at the European Short Course Swimming Championships in Denmark in December and that win has given him the confidence to make an impression in Germany. 

“The bronze in the short course was huge boost for my motivation,” he told RTÉ Sport. 

“For the programme that I train with…the plan was to go one better at this meet so we’ve had a good training block.

“I was fortunate to qualify for the Europeans at the first opportunity so really all the focus on training has been preparing for this meet and I’m really excited to head over to Berlin.”

The 28-year-old is part of an seven-strong team for the meet (18-24 August), which includes Fiona Doyle, Sycerika McMahon, now swimming out of Texas A&M, together with Dan Sweeney, Nicholas Quinn and Irish butterfly record holder Brendan Hyland and Chris Bryan.