Autumn equinox dawn swim

Whether it’s the Autumn equinox or the Mabon or whatever it’s called, we should definitely make this an annual event.  Fantastic dawn swim.  Only 3c on land but 15c in the water, which felt really toasty.  

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Going in at 06.30 – Donna Galvin in the middle wrapping her arms around herself – not knowing how warm the water would be!

A lovely 45 mins later, back to the beach for the sunrise.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Autumn Equinox sunrise, September 22nd, 2016

Post-swim, Donna wasn’t cold any more – sea endorphins at work!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Siobhan Russell, Donna Galvin and Alan Wilkie buzzing after the swim.

See you all tomorrow night for a bit of a do.

Mabon Swim

The forecast is looking good for the first annual Myrtleville Mabon Dawn Swim – Thursday, September 22nd at 06.30.

WTF is he on about this time?

In the Northern Hemisphere, the September equinox (AKA Mabon) astronomically marks the start of Autumn.  It is the time to respect the impending dark while giving thanks to the sunlight.  

For meteorologists, on the other hand, Autumn begins about three weeks before the September equinox – on September 1.

However, after representations from Daniel Swagrzyk and Denis Condon, the Committee For Deciding When Autumn Starts (CFDWAS) agreed with them that September 1st only applied to the school teachers, so we’d ignore it.  Sorry, Ruth etc but September 22nd it is.

Huge crowds are expected (maybe even more than the nine people there this morning) so park miles away and walk down, really quietly.  Given the light this morning, it probably will be the last of the dawn swims for this year.  The sun didn’t come up until after we’d got out today.  Water was nice and warm, though.


Swimming vs. Pills in treating depression

A couple of people mentioned this clip to me – from the BBC’s “The doctor who gave up drugs”  programme.    Interesting stuff – we all know the buzz OW swim gives and lots more people could and should be benefitting from it too.  

Worth a watch – it’s only 3.32 long. Click the link below.

OW swimming as a treatment for depression – from the doctor who gave up drugs.

A bit of a do – Friday 23/9 @ 8.30 in Bunnyconnellan

To celebrate the end of the Summer season (and launch the Winter one!), we’re having a gathering for a few drinks in Bunnyconnellan on Friday night, 23rd September.  They’ve kindly held the back section of the restaurant for us from about 8.30, so there will be plenty of room.  No charge, just buy your own drinks and there will be some finger foodie things too.

The evening’s meant to mark a lot of great successes at all levels for the many people who swim in Myrtleville.  These range from first time swims to the Dutchman, Church Bay swims, Fountainstown returns, Galway, London, San Francisco, Copenhagen, Dover, Kerry – lots and lots of fun and success for lots and lots of Myrtleville swimmers.  We might even be joined by some of the Sandycovers!

So, lets meet on the night and mark a great year so far, with other events like the Vampire Swim and the Turkey swims to come as the Winter begins.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Signage to be put up on Bunnyconnellan for the night.

Saturday Swim time change – 09.00

Heading into the Winter and after five years of 08.15 swims every Saturday morning, we’re going to move the regular time to 09.00.  This will give people a little longer in bed, if they want it!

Of course some swimmers will still be going earlier for work reasons etc. but the main group swim will be at 09.00 from now on.

Alcatraz Swim

Best of luck to John Kiely, swimming in the iconic Alcatraz swim in San Francisco tomorrow afternoon about 4pm.

Got The Hat and T-Shirt - all set.

Got The Hat and T-Shirt – all set.

John won’t be doing this alone of course.  He has the complete support of Martina.  I spoke to her one morning on the beach in Lanzarote and she was very clear that John should swim in as many events as possible – as long as they were places she wanted to go.  She was 100% encouraging him to consider swims in locations like Barbados, Miami, the Maldives….She’ll be right behind him, on the sun lounger, on any of those swims🙂

John and Martina - Alctraz here he comes.

John and Martina – Alcatraz here he comes.  Next destination?

 Good luck to the Kielys!  Enjoy the trip.