Hat Holidays

The Hat never rests – trotting the globe to keep Myrtlevillians company.  Some keep it closer to home – the 40 Foot in Dublin, for instance.

The Hat at the 40 Foot in Dublin

Others head for more far-flung destinations.  Around Europe….

The Hat at Lake Garda in Italy - brought Alan Wilkie along this time.

The Hat at Lake Garda in Italy – brought Alan Wilkie along this time.

The Hat with Caroline O'Leary in Rotterdam - definitely not relaxing on holiday: - 4th in the world in Elite Class T3 Para Triathlon World Championships.

The Hat with Caroline O’Leary in Rotterdam – definitely not relaxing on holiday: – 4th in the world in Elite Class T3 Para Triathlon World Championships. Photo by Natalia Guzenko, from Triathlon Ireland site.

No matter how far it’s flung, the Hat keeps going.

The Hat with Eamonn Hughes in the Caribbean for his 50th!

The Hat with Eamonn Hughes in the Caribbean for his 50th!

It’s a bit of a cultural icon, really.  Even in the Ganges.

The Hat with Claire Canning in the Ganges.  Look at the local version of Siobhan Russell just behind her!

The Hat with Claire Canning in the Ganges. Look at the local version of Siobhan Russell just behind her!

The Hat with Claire Canning in the Himalayas.

The Hat with Claire Canning in the Himalayas.

We’re not even in August yet.  Wonder where else it will go this year?

Jellyfish in Myrtleville

Siobhan Russell took this picture of a jelly about 100m off the beach this morning.  Doesn’t look like a compass jelly – looks like a Lion’s Mane.  Be careful out there, folks.  We’d be delighted to hear from anyone who can tell us it’s not a Lion’s Mane, of course!!

No, this isn’t one of my jokes.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Lion’s Mane? Sighted in Myrtleville this morning. One to avoid.

Galway Girls – ready to go!

Brenda Sisk and Marie Watson have left no stone unturned in their preparations for the Galway Bay swim next Saturday.  While many of us have seen their efforts in the pool and sea right through last Winter, there’s more than just training needed to make a swim – and swimmer – successful.  Thankfully, the Galway Girls seem to have it all in hand.

They’ve got the promotional posters and star paparazzi to record the events.

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They’ve got the nails painted aerodynamically and also to look good for the aforementioned paparazzi person.

Marie Watson - attention to detail is admirable.

Marie Watson – attention to detail is admirable.

They’ve had a kiss for good luck from the main man, Mr. Redmond (Brenda has to share it – Marie grabbed it).

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Finally, they’ve recognised the risk that their spirits may flag in mid-swim, so they’ve employed the services of Ann “The Dominator Motivator” Smyth as crew.

I'd keep swimming if I was ye, girls. Ann Smyth as boat crew...

I’d keep swimming if I was ye, girls. Ann Smyth as boat crew…

Barbara Anne Richardson and Brendan O’Brien are going for the swim on Saturday too – but I didn’t have incriminating photos of them, so they’ll have to make do with “Good Luck!!”.  Good luck to all four, in fact:-)

Tea by the Sea

Here’s one to completely piss off anyone stuck in an office.  Me.

Hardcore Myrtlevillian swimmers sticking rigidly to their training diets at Tea by the Sea in the Pine Lodge, Myrtleville.  Yes, I do wish I was there.  Yes, I am jealous.

Myrtlevillians enjoying Tea by the Sea at the Pine Lodge.

Myrtlevillians enjoying Tea by the Sea at the Pine Lodge.

Drop in local sea temperature explained

Sea swimmers in Cork have been wondering for some weeks now why the normal Summer temperatures have reversed, leaving us with sea temps as low as 11c on some days.  Not content to accept standard weather-related explanations, we dispatched intrepid reporters to investigate and can now reveal the cause.

Our investigators were led initially to news of rumblings of discontent down West.  Apparently a certain Vermontian was unhappy at the thought of running his Distance Camp in balmy 14 or 15c waters, as we had in June.  An unhappy Ned Denison is not a pretty sight.  Here’s a file pic of same.

No, that’s not a good one.  Here’s the one we meant.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Ned – not happy.

Not even Ned can change the weather, though.  Can he?  The answer was revealed yesterday with photos taken off Oysterhaven of a temporary moorings licenced by the Dept. of the Marine.

The moorings are registered to a “Mr. N. Den-iceman” – a shoddy attempt to throw us off track.  The steadily-melting glacier has spread freezing water, explaining the drops in sea temperatures and making Ned – and not another feckin’ soul – happy.