More from Monday

There’s been a bit of a shock for everyone this week with the sea temperature dropping back as low as 10.7c.  June isn’t supposed to be like this!  Good weather coming so that should push it back up again. Apart from taking great pictures, Siobhan Russell has been trialling her new SafeSwimmer float.  I’ve just got mine in the post and plan to use it on any lone swims in future – looking forward to trying it out.

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Siobhan Russell trialling her new SafeSwimmer with Harry Casey & Orlando Hill

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Niamh O’Connor, Gary Frost & Sara O’Riordan

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Gary Frost & Richard Hawkins.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Richard Hawkins & Stephen O’Reilly.

Cold or not, keep swimming 🙂

Monday busier than ever

Maeve Mulcahy completed a fantastic three hours in under 12C water yesterday.  She went in at 4.10 with Anne Marie – who did a full two hours – and was also joined at various stages for company by Roisin Lewis, Joanne Conroy, Bernard Lynch, Carol Cashell and others.  She also had the fast-becoming-famous bucket deployed for feeds….

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Maeve, Carol & Bernard’s Bucket.

Some people saw it for the first time and just wanted it…

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Back from the States and straight in to grab the bucket – Liam Maher. Ah, Liam…..

The regular Monday night swim at 6pm was going on around Maeve’s long one.  It’s hard to keep up with the numbers at this stage, with waves of swimmers going in from 6.00pm on.  Great to see.

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Coming back to the beach – Myrtleville 24 June, 2013

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I’m telling you, that’s the fastest lap of the Dutchman – EVER. Tim Smyth checks the time.

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Doggy paddle

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Another Monday night swim done in Myrtleville.

As usual, Siobhan Russell did the hard work getting the pictures.  There are more and I’ll link to or post them later in the week.  Keep swimming 🙂

Owen O’Keeffe’s swim on 20 June, 2013


Last week, it suddenly dawned on me that I was little more than a month away from my attempt to swim around the Channel Island of Jersey, a swim that I’d hope to complete in a little over 10 hours. Without any properly long sea swim under my belt this year, I decided that I’d better attempt a 6-hour (standard qualifying swim for English Channel and other solo swims) training swim soon. Bernard Lynch told me that he and Damian O’Neill were planning a 3-hour swim on Thursday so I decided to link up with them for that. With various swimmers kindly agreeing to join me for all parts of the swim, I was ready to try the 6 hours starting at 12:00 and finishing at 18:00 on Thursday, 20 June.

I arrived at Myrtleville at 11:30 to allow the extra time that it takes to get ready for a 6-hour swim, i.e. the time taken to get properly greased up and set up a feeding station. Bernard came down for the start and gave me a very handy bucket with a tyre tube, rope and diving weight – the perfect floating feeding station!

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Bernard’s Bucket – patent pending, all rights reserved 🙂

I started at 12:05 with Maeve, Dave, Aidan, Orlando and Roger. Ossi also came to see the start of the swim and Martin came along shortly after. The sea was colder than my usual training spot in the River Blackwater but it was the warmest that it had felt all year! I was still nervous, though, but knew that the only thing to do was to keep putting one arm in front of the other…

On Bernard’s advice, we first headed for Fountainstown. My goggles were fogging up all the way there, but they always settle after about half an hour. It took about 35 minutes to get to Fountainstown, at which point I took an SiS gel – I’d never taken a gel before so wasn’t sure how my stomach would take it, but it went down well and it was handy to be able to have the gels stuffed into the back of my togs! The water felt much warmer in Fountainstown so I was inclined to stay there, but I knew that I had to go back to Myrtleville to get liquid feeds. I headed back (a little faster than I got there as I was going with the wind and had a better line due to clearer goggles) and met Bernard and Damian who were just starting their 3-hour swim.

I eventually found the feeding station and took a few gulps of a Sponser carbohydrate (with electrolytes) drink. Keeping the feed as short as possible, I headed towards Fountainstown again with Bernard. I turned back after about 25 minutes as I was meeting Gábor in Myrtleville at 14:00. When I got there, I met Maeve finishing her swim and spotted Gábor coming down the beach. While he was swimming out, I took some of my High5 4:1 drink for a bit of protein as 2 hours was my longest open water swim this year and stuffed another gel down the back of my togs. I was starting to feel a bit cold at this stage but knew that I’d be alright after picking up the pace a little to stay with Gábor.

We headed off in the direction of Church Bay as the tide had slackened off and I felt like going in a different direction. It was a fair bit choppier and colder in that direction. When we got into Church Bay, I had another SiS gel feed and was anxious to swim back at a good pace to keep warm. It was a tough battle against the chop going back to Myrtleville but we got there in the end! There, we had another feed and decided to head off in the Fountainstown direction again as it was warmer and flatter! We got most of the way there and came back to Myrtleville again. It was now 16:00 and Gábor, Bernard and Damian finished their swims. I felt like getting out too as I was feeling pretty cold, but it wasn’t really an option! After a 5-minute circuit of the beach area, I met up with James, who was planning to swim for 2 hours.

The two of us headed off in the direction of Fountainstown and again, I turned back after about 25 minutes as I had to be in Myrtleville at 16:50 to meet Eoin, who was planning to swim the last part of the swim with me (Eoin and I are on the same relay team for a 2-way English Channel crossing in July). I really felt like getting out at this stage so I told Eoin that a few minutes just to take me to the 5-hour mark would do me – he didn’t seem to mind too much. I was beginning to shiver slightly at every stop at this stage. I took a High5 gel with some caffeine and the two of us took off to Fennel’s Bay. When we got there, it was exactly 5 hours into my swim so I was happy to get out once we got back to the beach. A dense fog came into the beach just at that point so James wasn’t long getting out also. Eoin kindly towed the feeding station in for me and I finished with 5 hours 10 minutes under my belt.

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Owen O’Keeffe’s Swim Map – 5hrs 10mins on June 20, 2013

I was cold when I got out but my shoulders and mouth (long swims give you a salty mouth) were feeling pretty good for 5 hours in the sea. The general consensus was that the water temperature was about 13ºC in Myrtleville, a little warmer in Fountainstown and colder in Church Bay. Siobhán took our photograph when we were changed and it was up on Facebook before I even got home! Sincere thanks to Bernard for all his help in getting the swim set up and to Maeve, Dave, Aidan, Orlando, Roger, Damian, Gábor, James, Eoin and everyone else who swam with me on the day – it was much appreciated. I may not have done the 6 hours but I did manage to achieve all of my other objectives in the 5 hours 10 minutes that I did swim for…

Owen O'Keeffe, Eoin O'Riordan, James Slowey & Niall O'Herlihy

Owen O’Keeffe, Eoin O’Riordan, James Slowey & Niall O’Herlihy

Busy beach

Lots going on at the beach, with several groups swimming during the morning and day at the moment.  Ned Denison and Carol Cashell kicked off with a dawn swim yesterday.

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Dawn 20 June, 2013 –

Mad stuff, but the view made up for a 3.45am alarm call.  Lots more great pictures on Carol’s site, including one of Rob Bohane trying to slide into Myrtleville without being noticed again.  Spies everywhere, Rob, spies everywhere.  We’ll have your Myrtleville Swimmers T-Shirt ready for you soon.

Owen O’Keeffe was aiming for a long swim preparing for his Crosoige Mara channel relay and Jersey Island swims.  He went into the water at 12.00  yesterday.  He was joined at various stages of the more than five hours he did by several swimmers including Maeve Mulcahy, Bernard Lynch, Gabor Molnar, Aidan O’Herlihy, James Slowey, Eoin O’Riordan and others.  I’m sure he’ll detail them all on his site soon.  He certainly appreciated the support from all.

Owen O'Keeffe, Eoin O'Riordan, James Slowey & Niall O'Herlihy

Owen O’Keeffe, Eoin O’Riordan, James Slowey & Niall O’Herlihy after the swim

He also had a friend he may not have been aware of (top left below), who hung around the beach waiting for him to come back out to play for a while.  Spotted by Siobhan Russell.

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Seal just can’t understand why Owen has gone home.

Great to see so much activity and also some new swimmers down this morning for the 6.15am swim in flat calm, clear waters.

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Myrtleville, Friday June 21, 2013 – the longest day

A new member for Myrtleville Swimmers….

They said it would never happen – but he finally made the long trek from Sandycove to Myrtleville. Actually Rob “The Bull” Bohane just made a short 15 minute trek from his house, but we’ll ignore that for the sake of poetic licence.

Having accused everyone else of abandoning the Island, he came to see what the fuss was about at the Dutchman.  Again, more poetic licence – he came to avoid getting stuck at low tide in Sandycove.

Never mind the reasons – he came to Myrtleville with his 1000+ Sandycove laps done and here’s the proof:

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He finally cracked – Rob Bohane at Myrtleville with local guide, Bernard

How long will it take you to do 1,000 laps of the Dutchman, Rob?

One day on from the storm…

Lovely sunshine last night, but a serious swell still on the water further out, after the Easterly that stopped the Church Bay swim.  Great crowd of over thirty swimming.

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Busy beach as swimmers head for the water

Everyone wanted their picture taken with the returning hero, Carol Cashell, back from New York.  Some guys even got dressed up for it..

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Bernard & Carol – he’s basking in the reflected glory.

Peter O’Mahony was in with his SafeSwimmer Float and swears by it.  He says there’s no drag and it’s certainly more visible than just our hats.

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Maeve Mulcahy, Peter O’Mahony with the SafeSwimmer float & Rebeca Power

If anyone is self-conscious about their weight, look away now.  Bloody Triathletes.

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Rory McCarthy, Niall O’Herlihy, James Slowey & John Fitzgerald

To explain the next series of pictures, Siobhan Russell was lurking in the waves with her camera demanding her subjects perform for “Baywatch” shots – a few of them with very unlikely “male models” – see last picture below.
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Ruth McSweeney & Claire Canning getting into the Baywatch spirit

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Rebeca Power, Maeve Mulcahy and Carol “Baywatch” Cashell

There’s always someone to lower the standard.

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Look at the state of yer man on the right…..Baywatch my $%s.

Another great Monday night and a real pleasure after Sunday’s washout.  Lots more pictures online here – just not enough room to post them all.

East Wind 1 Swimmers 0

When the weather goes against us, there’s nothing to do but shrug.  Tom McCarthy correctly predicted the miserable conditions this morning – even getting to the Dutchman would have been difficult.  Church Bay was out of the question.  Some people, however, just can’t be told……

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Can’t let it go – still touting for entries when all is lost – some people…..

Fortunately, we were able to warn in advance but Ruairi and Rosie Higgins had already flown from the UK.  At least they were able to see Ruairi’s dad, Pat, back in action with the year-round Myrtleville swimmers.  Great to see him recovered from his accident.

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Pat Higgins, Brian O’Regan, Ruairi Higgins, Rosie Higgins & Tom Bermingham

Caroline Treacy turned up to enter on the day, but had to settle for a swim with Tom McCarthy in the lumpy waves off the beach.

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Tom McCarthy & Caroline Treacy braving the Easterly wind

Eoin O’Riordan also planned to enter on the day and still turned up despite getting four separate emails from different sources letting him know it was cancelled.  Good to know the communications systems were working!  Carol Cashell has hardly been swimming at all lately (3rd lady home Manhattan Island Marathon; winner in Martin Duggan Memorial Swim on Friday night) so she also just had to get a swim in.  Bernard lives at the beach so he was always going to go in….

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Sure it’s a lovely day for a swim…..Carol Cashell, Eoin O’Riordan & Bernard Lynch before testing the waters

Even that vastly experienced group were happy to turn at Fennell’s Bay.  Church Bay just wasn’t on the cards today.

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Not doing justice to how rough it was – Church Bay, June 16, 2013

We will have to look carefully at the OW Calendar and pick a day with suitable tides.  Hopefully that will be selected next week.  Thanks to everyone who entered.  Next time, fingers crossed.

Postponed: Myrtleville to Church Bay swim

The Safety Committee of the Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim have deferred tomorrow’s swim due to a South Easterly gale warning in place. This is an unfortunate decision to have to take, particularly in light of the nearly 100 swimmers who had entered the event, but it is the correct decision.  The event will take place before Summer’s end and we will be in touch with details.
Bernard Lynch

Damian O’Neill

RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay swim

We have a great 66 entries for the swim next Sunday, June 16 at 10.00.  Please be at the beach for 9.00am for registration and safety briefing.

A review based on the weather will be made tomorrow and an email update sent by 6.00pm and posted on this site.


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Harry Casey, Sean Foley, Siobhan Russell, Annemarie Fegan & Michelle Smyth – with some of the weed from the waves: but still swimmable!

Crosshaven swimming this week

South East winds are making Myrtleville a little “textured” – as captured by Siobhan Russell at lunchtime yesterday.  We swam Crosshaven to Camden this morning and it was flat calm for a perfect swim.

With the winds forecast to stay SE, we will be swimming from Crosshaven for the rest of this week at 6.15am on Wednesday and Friday.  Meeting at the slip past Centra and Castlepoint boatyard.  Hopefully the forecast will hold and move back Northerly for Sunday’s swim.

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Myrtleville – June 10, 2013