Myrtleville Monday

It is just fantastic to see the crowds swimming in Myrtleville, with over seventy swimmers in the water last night at various stages.  Carol Cashell was down after her pioneering Bere Island swim on Saturday (followed by Spike Island to Cobh on Sunday and she’s off to the pool this morning: “Slow down, Tommy (or Carol), Slow down!”).

Bernard Lynch and Damian O’Neill benefitted from Carol’s help in their marathon swims last week and presented her with some small tokens of appreciation.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Presentation to our hero – champagne, chocolates and flowers for Carol.

The picture above looks very respectable, but things weren’t quite so nice earlier when poor Eleanor asked for some of the choccies based on all her hard work……

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

They’re all MINE and you’re not getting ANY!! (I told you she was MEAN).

Rebeca Power was back after a few weeks away and James Slowey took time off the bike after his Haute Route adventures to get used to the water again.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Rebeca Power, Niall O’Herlihy & James Slowey.

Carol eventually agreed to share, so the sisters were friends again….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Carol, Eleanor and someone who heard about Carol’s doggy paddling….

Siobhan Russell did a great job getting various groups together and managed to organise one large gang before they went in….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Some of the Myrtleville swimmers on Monday night.

Michelle Glossop Smyth was giving tips on swimming in Myrtleville – she’s had lots of practice all Summer.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Pat Dunphy, Joe Healy & Michelle Glossop Smyth

Two more Myrtleville regulars finishing their swims.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Steve McCarthy with Niamh O’Connor.

Cyril Walsh gave some much-appreciated kayaking support for the practice swim for Crosshaven Tri last Saturday and was down for some training himself tonight with his wife, Barbara Anne.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Barbara Anne Richardson & Cyril Walsh.

There’s a fantastic buzz around Myrtleville this Summer and it’s not over yet.  Next up is Crosshaven Tri on Saturday, September 7th and – weather permitting – our own Myrtleville to Church Bay swim on the evening of September 21st.  Keep swimming 🙂

Lots more great pictures from Siobhan Russell online here.

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