Go, FFS!!

As the Number One not-a-club swimming movement in the world, Myrtleville Swimmers are always willing to lend a hand to new like-minded associations.  Over the weekend, on a brief trip to Fountaina’, we were delighted to meet representatives of a new local swimmers movement to be known as “Fountainstown For Swimmers” (FFS, for short).

FFS spokesperson, Marie Watson – together with non-committee members, Brenda Sisk and Pat Lowry – explained the motivation of the new movement as being to get as many current Myrtleville Swimmers to move over to the wide open spaces of Fountainstown as possible.  Ms. Watson was at pains to point out that FFS was a wholly inclusive movement and absolutely everyone currently taking up my parking swimming in Myrtleville was welcome to move over there as soon as possible.

“We have mountains of parking and room for everyone”, said Ms. Watson.  “We really, really want the multitudes in Myrtleville to come over here to join us.  Nothing would make us happier”.  It is understood that Myrtlevillians resident in Fountainstown will throw open their doors to offer hot showers and BBQs to all FFS associates (they have not actually been told this as yet, but it’ll be grand.   Breda and Daniel are sound.).

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

A warm welcome awaits ye all in Fountainstown. #goFFS

Local swimmer, Bernie Lynch – interviewed on de telly by Virgin Media about the new movement – was vocal in his endorsement. “C’mere, until about 2012 ’twas grand down in Myrtleville.  ‘Twas just meself, Pat, Tom and de odd extra fiend some days.  Den dis langer came along and set up a website.  Now I’m walkin’ from de shop here to Myrtleville cos dere’s no parking.  I mean, at least it’s better dan de traffic bandidos of de Wild West down by d’Island, but it’s still a feckin pain.  FFS is right.  I’m all for it.  Go, FFS and take dat shaggin website with ye!”

Given such staunch support, this langer will be throwing all available resources of the shaggin website behind the new movement and encouraging the promotion of it through the twitter hashtag #GoFFS.  Join the movemement, people!  Go, FFS!!

RNLI swim – cancelled / moved / changed

The RNLI swim to Church Bay won’t go ahead on July 8th.  For any swim this year, it’s more than likely that we would have 200+ people on the beach, so that means waiting until after July 20th, at least, to run any event. 

As previously notified, we aren’t going to have a timed event this year.  We have now also decided to try to tie in a swim event with the arrival of the new buoys (supposedly mid-July, based on latest updates from the supplier).  That means (shock/horror), we won’t be having an event that goes from Myrtleville to Church Bay.  Instead, we will have a more relaxed lap-of-the-buoys event.  We will probably have a bucket for donations to the RNLI, but will not have pre-event entries.

Anyone who has entered through Nifty Entries for July 8 will receive an email in the coming week or so about their options on the entry fee paid.

We will probably schedule the event at a week’s notice, once the buoys are in and the weather is favourable.

For the swim to Church Bay – tune in next year 🙂

Pat and Antoinette finished – in the pre-Covid days.

Community Grant application success

It seems a long time ago, but last January it was suggested to Bernard Lynch and myself that some funding from the Cork County Council Community Grant fund might be available to supplement the contributions made by the swimmers for the buoys in Myrtleville.  We got helpful input from Eamonn Mullally and Cllr. Seamus McGrath and submitted the application just in time for Covid19 to shut us all down 🙂 

Today we got news that €2,000 had been allocated to Myrtleville Swimmers for the buoys.  Thanks to any councillors who supported this.  We will now be able to fund the buoys and maintenance for the foreseeable future, without having to ask for donations again.

The suppliers of the buoys in the UK are only back to work a week or so.  We are awaiting updates on delivery but chasing them for the earliest opportunity. We will update on this as soon as possible in the next few days.  In the meantime, swim safe.

Bernard & Damian

Defibrillator back in order

From Glen Barton:

The AED has been reinstated at Myrtleville, and thanks to Victor Shine, the storage cabinet has been upgraded.

To open the cabinet, no key or code is required, just undo the two clasps on the left. An alarm will be activated upon opening, so hopefully this will deter any undesirables.

Please watch the attached video to familiarise yourself with the operation of this AED.

And remember to always call 999 or 112 to request the ambulance service.

Swim Safe.

Defibrillator out of order

Just a note as large numbers of swimmers return to the sea – the AED in Myrtleville needs a new battery, which Glen Barton has ordered.  A new casing will also be organised in the coming weeks.  The battery costs of about €220 and the cost of the new casing will be covered from donations previously received from swimmers.  Thanks for looking after this, Glen 🙂

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2020

We don’t have certainty about whether our planned event on July 8th will be allowed to go ahead, or if we – more likely – will have to defer to later in the year.  However, we do still plan to run it at the earliest possible opportunity – note the positivity 🙂  – and have decided we’re going to do so as a non-timed swim.  That will allow us more flexibility in organising and not hold our timing partners to a date, when we can’t guarantee it will run.

Whenever restrictions are lifted and it’s safe to do so, we aim to organise the swim this year as more of a “welcome back” for all of us deprived of our time in the sea, rather than a race.  For now, please stay safe and observe the health guidance.

Please keep the noise down

Please remember in the morning that just because you are up, you don’t have to wake the Myrtleville residents. Please keep the noise down. You can enjoy your swim without making excessive noise. Here’s a polite reminder from one resident. To be blunt, they shouldn’t have to remind us – politely or not. 

Hi swimmers, since early morning swimming has commenced again. I would like to remind you that because of the physical features of our beloved Myrtleville noise such as voices in conversation and car doors banging is very amplified. We frequently have noise late into the night from cars, their occupants and their music so the sleep window for residents can be quite brief. I would be most grateful to you if you could take these realities into consideration and I wish you continued enjoyment and benefit from your swimming 🏊🏻‍♀🏊‍♂

2020 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim

Grand stretch in the evenings, so it’s time to start planning for the big event.

The 2020 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2km open water sea swim will take place on Wednesday July 8th, 2020 at 7.00 pm. Mark your diaries!

Entries will open in March and will close at 14.00 on Tuesday, July 7th, 2020.