Up the Rebels & The Myrtlevillains!

RTE have long shown their devotion to Myrtleville, with their use of our picture on the Weather Forecast most evenings.

RTE Sport have now come on board and Pat Horgan (gwan ya good ting, Pat!) was the first recipient of the new-look Man of the Match Hat, which the Sunday Game have adopted.   Bernard Lynch was on hand in Thurles to make the award.

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B. Lynch presents Pat Horgan with his Man of the Match Hat for his fantastic performance against Clare.

“Brightens up your day”, wha’?  As the fella says, “Nothing Beats Being There” – no doubt referring to Myrtleville. 🙂

16c water & no stopping The Hat

Heard from a triathlete at the practice swims for TriMonkstown at the weekend – “Do you have to wear a wetsuit?  I’m roasted.”  The water is headed for 17c (16.6c at the moment) and it’s a joy!  Fantastic swims at the weekend with huge crowds in Garnish and still enough swimmers around for groups going out from Myrtleville, Monkstown and Mallorca.

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Pat’s Hat on Ironman training in Mallorca – I think that’s a yellow hat blowing away in the background and landing in……

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Landed…..The Hat goes to Garnish – with Carmen Burns, Maria Foley, Audrey Burkley & Anne Sheehy.  Then off to…..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Lough Hyne…..A very fit looking Steve Redmond crowns all his achievements with a new Hat.

The Hat made one more very important stop yesterday, but I’ll have to post that one separately.  Worth waiting for.

Enjoy the fantastic weather, and SWIM SAFE.  I’m sure there will be lots of extra swims for different groups, but the normal ones of 6.00pm today, 06.15 Tuesday and Friday mornings and Saturday at 08.15 will be on in Myrtleville.  The only downside to the weather is that getting close to the beach any evening will be difficult.  It’s going to be mobbed.

The Hat gets in an early Turkey Swim

Feeling the need for a little sun, with things being overcast at home, The Hat took itself off to the beach in Turkey.  Lifestyles of the rich and famous, I suppose.

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The Hat goes to Turkey.

The water has warmed up a lot and with the Summer swims and Triathlons in full swing, there’s a constant flow of people on the beach.  Entries are coming in steadily for the RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay swim on June 28.  Enter now, if you haven’t done so! Swim Safe, whenever you swim.

New swimmers night

Eilis Burns brought her group of swimmers to Myrtleville to get them used to the sea last evening.  After a calm introduction in Garryvoe a couple of weeks back, they got to experience some waves in Myrtleville and everyone handled it really well.  It was a great night.

For anyone in the group who wants to get in some further swims in Myrtleville, you can follow @MyrtlevilleS for updates, email myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com or join us at the main swim times on Monday at 6pm, Tuesday and Friday at 06.15 or Saturday at 08.15.   Keep it up, now you’ve started 🙂

Siobhan Russell was on hand to capture the scenes, as ever.

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Rainbow near the Dutchman.

More new. Mike Harris. Heading in. New swimmers.


Some younger swimmers came along too!

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Prime candidates for Siobhan’s instruction to ‘Pose!’

And Eddie was there enjoying the last few swims when he’s actually (but only slightly) faster than Neddy.

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Neddy & Eddie Irwin – Eddie’s looking tired just trying to keep one length ahead.

Monday night is Weed night

The water was really warm on Monday – up towards 15c, but with lots of waves in the SE wind.  A good crowd still got in for a splash and fun.

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The Wall of Weed.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Past the seaweed barrier and into the waves.

The showers introduced by Denis have really become popular.

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The queue for the showers in Myrtleville is nothing if not orderly.

Swim Safe! Swim often 🙂

International inspection & approval

Channel & MIMS swimmer, Bonnie Schwartz, visited Cork at the weekend from New York.  She had conducted extensive research on where best to swim and – no surprise to us – chose Myrtleville as the number one swimming spot.  Sure, where else? Unfortunately, it was far from its beautiful best, but it was good fun surfing the waves – once we got past the ten foot weed barrier washed up on the beach.

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Brian Twomey, Gary Frost, Damian O’Neill, Bernard Lynch & Bonnie Schwartz before braving the seaweed barrier at the water’s edge.

Bonnie reckoned the sea temp was similar to her usual location of Brighton Beach, NY.  Of course, the other reason she came to Myrtleville was to see the Home of The Hat.  She’s now a proud owner of her very own.

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Congratulations – you’re a Hat winner!

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Bonnie & her new hat – worth coming all this way to get it!

A return visit is promised for next year – hopefully we can take her to Church Bay or Fountainstown with calmer weather.  In the meantime, we can all follow this good advice (thanks, Rosaleen)…

Choppy swim & water running

Tuesday evening, June 3rd, in the rain and an unpleasant chop, eight swimmers did a great swim from Myrtleville to Fountainstown.  Presumably with this excellent qualifier, those who haven’t done so will now be submitting their entries for the Church Bay swim on June 28!  Well done to all.

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Amy Barry-Murphy, Fiona Gough, Andrew Gough, Sean Foley, Barbara-Anne Richardson, Siobhan Russell & Ger Venner – with Michelle Glossop Smyth behind the camera.

While we’re on the congratulations topic – year-round swimmer, James Slowey, ditched his wetsuit and finished 22nd in the Cork City Marathon last Monday in a fantastic time of 2hrs 52mins.  He says the secret to his success is doing all his running training in the water.  Here he is completing a water run in preparation for the marathon.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

James Slowey – secret water-running training.

If he can just straighten up a bit, he’ll break 2.30 next time out.  Well done, James 🙂

Reservoir Dogs & Mr. Pink

Beautiful swimming now, with sea temps up over 14.5c and sunshine when we get out.  Shivers are being banished.  We had a good turnout for a bank holiday Monday, with over twenty swimmers – including some new arrivals, who got to see the all-new Myrtleville shower experience.  Hopefully they’ll come back anyway.

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Some of the Monday June 2nd group. They all look quite normal. It’s amazing what salt water exposure does post-swim.

Mr. Black, Mr. Black, Mr. Black and Mr. Black – but no Mr. Pink?

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Reservoir Dogs – they’re missing Mr. Pink though.

So far, so normal.  Then the showers started.

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What is Denis after starting now? Carmen shows how showering should be done.

Ah, here’s Mr. Pink now.  In fairness, Pat’s a true professional – always attired in a uniform befitting the activity.  Having a shower – wear a shower cap..

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Pat “Mr. Pink” Lowry.  And we thought Gary Frost was going to win the pose of the year award?

Swim times for May seem to have worked well, so we’ll keep them going at 18.00 Monday, 06.15 Tuesday and Friday and 08.15 Saturday.  There’s often small groups around on Wednesday and Thursday too at 06.15.  Swim Safe, whenever you do swim.

Help wanted for Tuesday night.

June 3rd, 7.30pm: Eilis Burns will be bringing a group of new open water swimmers to Myrtleville on Tuesday, June 3rd at 7.30pm.

Any of the regular Myrtleville swimmers who can be around that evening to give any help would be appreciated. We just need swimmers used to the sea to join the group for the swim and watch out for anyone who needs some support.

Please come down if you can. Remember what your own first swim was like and help out 🙂

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