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European Masters Championships 2016

Created on 24 May 2016 Last Updated on 24 May 2016
Written by Niall O'Sullivan Hits: 726

As the London event fast approaches we look back on some club links with the city from the early days of Dublin SC.

The Club’s first Captain, W.R Richardson in c1881 again competed in, and this time won, the English Long Distance Championship over five and three quarter miles from Purney Bridge to Charing Cross Railway Bridge in London in a time of one hour, twenty-one minutes and thirty-seven seconds. Dublin Swimming had arrived. 

At the London Olympic Games in 1908, only 4 swimmers qualified from the semi-finals to the final. George Dockrell of Dublin SC placed 3rd in his semi-final with the 5th fastest time overall. At the Amateur Swimming Association Championships of England in 1908 he took the Silver medal in the 100 yards freestyle and the Bronze in the 220 yards championship. George Dockrell joined the army in December 1914 as a 2nd Lieutenant, serving in the 9th Battalion, King's Royal Rifle Corps [The Rifle Brigade]. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1915, to Captain in 1918, and to Major in 1919. He was severely wounded in Flanders in 1915 and died on 23rd December 1924 at the Officers' Hospital, Richmond, Surrey (on outskirts of London), as a lingering consequence of these shrapnel wounds to his back. Major George S. Dockrell was awarded an O.B.E. (Military) for meritorious service.

Our current day heroes going to London are John, Ceall, Eleanor, Andrew, Claire and Niall. Alas, Anita and Charles had to pull out.

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