Centra Crosshaven Challenge – Defibrillator presentation

The Centra Crosshaven Challenge is the event that just keeps on giving!  As well as providing a great focus point for preparations for so many new and experienced triathletes each year, it raises significant funds for local causes.

One of the causes supported in 2014 was the new Defibrillator for Myrtleville.  The picture below shows Bernard Lynch, Conor Middleton and Suzie Lee of Centra Crosshaven Challenge presenting Myrtleville residents Jimmy and Noreen Long and Pat Lowry: Advanced Paramedic and Myrtleville Swimmer with a new Defibrillator at Myrtleville this week.  Well done to all involved.


Turkey Swims 2014

From Carol Cashell:

It’s that time of year again, mark your Calendars for the Turkey Swim Dates 2014! Remember this is open to everyone who swims regularly in the Sea, no matter where they normally swim! This is not exclusive to any club or group of swimmers, If you want to swim on a date, come along and join in, no matter where the swim is on! The Sandycove times are based on tides and are the same as the Sandycove swim calendar. At Myrtleville we can swim on any tide so there is a mix of Morning/afternoon times to try and suit all people days. There is a swim on every weekend to give people options.

How the ‘Turkey Swims’ work:

** Swimmers Sign In and pay €2 on the day of Swim. (someone will have a money box and signIn sheet).

** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 21st Dec at Sandycove, These include Butcher Vouchers (instead of an actual Turkey) and many other spot prizes (wine / chocolates / selection boxes etc!). We had over 20 prizes last year.

** Don’t Forget to Pay and Sign In, if you don’t you are not in the draw!

** Make however many swims you can, 1 – 10.

** The more you swim, the more times you are entered for the ‘draw’.

** A Swim Dosn’t have to be a full lap of Sandycove, or 30mins, no min/max time or distance, turn up and do what you feel comfortable with on the day. Togs or Wetsuit, up to you, swim safe, stay warm, swim with similar speed buddies.

** The Swimmers Turkey Series is a Social Event for Cork OW swimming in the Winter. Remember to bring your Flasks for after the swims, Nibbles are always welcome too!. Have Fun and Enjoy 🙂

Day Date HW Turkey SWIM Time Location
SUN 02-Nov 13:08 12:00 Sandycove
SAT 08-Nov 05:51 09:30 Myrtleville
SAT 15-Nov 11:11 12:00 Sandycove
SUN 16-Nov 12:19 12:00 Sandycove
SUN 23-Nov 17:49 15:00 Myrtleville
SUN 30-Nov 11:29 12:00 Sandycove
SUN 07-Dec 17:51 11:00 Myrtleville
SAT 13-Dec 09:29 10:30 Sandycove
SAT 20-Dec 16:02 15:00 Myrtleville
SUN 21-Dec 16:48 15:00 Sandycove

Myrtleville Turkey Swim - Dec 2, 2012 : open water - sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

As well as the Turkey Swim times, normal swim time of 08.15 on Saturdays continues through the Winter in Myrtleville.

Bye bye, Monday – hello Turkey..

A great crowd of almost forty swimmers to send off the Mondays for 2014.  Fantastic to see that despite all of the camaraderie of the year, when it came right down to the end we were still as split as an old fashioned Céilí…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Girls on one side…..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Boys on d’udder side.

None of the Mondays would be the same without Siobhan’s photographs.  I’m sure her dedication and output of pictures is unmatched anywhere in the outdoor swimming world.  So, last picture from the Mondays has to have her in front of the lens.  Thanks, Siobhan.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Gary, Siobhan, Harry & canine colleagues.

Swim Safe.  Never swim alone – but do keep swimming!  It’s not cold in January.  Really.

There’s always a calm bit….

A wise man once said….and so it proved on Saturday morning for the surfer/swimmers who went to Fountainstown under the “anything but go to the pool” banner.  They came prepared too.Fountainstown on the very, very windy Saturday morning.

Lemmy, at speed, takes over the surfers pic.

It’s been such a good Summer that there hasn’t been too much need to decamp to Fountainstown to avoid a swell.  The pic below is from the 12th of May and in between then and last Saturday, it’s been like a bath 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Denis in the distance – blustery wind whipping up the shallow sea.

Last Monday night tonight!  Enjoy it for all who can make it.

Last Monday night of 2014 coming up..

It’s been a great year but the last Monday night is next week, the 20th.  This was some of the crew for the second last night..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Second last Monday night of 2014.

This was where we started, on April 2nd.  Denis starting in togs.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Three from the first Monday of 2014.

The last Mondays of previous years haven’t been too well attended…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Last Monday of 2013 – just three swimmers – Tom McCarthy, Bernard Lynch & John Russell – with Denis Condon: 21/10/2013

Last Monday night Myrtleville swims: 22 October, 2012 : open water - sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Last Monday night Myrtleville swims: 22 October, 2012

So, let’s see what we get next Monday.  I’m missing it so I’m fed up already.

The Truth WILL out…..

To judge by the photos being released, the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides of Myrtleville went on a lovely scenic trip to Killary last weekend and had a quiet, relaxing time.  No drinking, carousing or who knows what – skinny dipping maybe?   No, no.  None of that carry on.  Here are the sanitised images currently on release….

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Fine healthy specimens – before the night out.

The event itself looked fantastic, but nobody’s interested in the swim.  I’m not anyway.  They moved their angelic smiles and best behaviour indoors after the swim.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Butter wouldn’t melt…..but telltale bottles appearing.

And then…….Nothing.  Nada.  No action.  All off to bed early.  Just one picture to indicate the truth.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The only halfway truthful picture released. Denis breaks out the handbag and joins Ros in full voice.

We know the truth is out there.  Someone SHOULD release the pictures.  None of this “what goes on tour” stuff for the swimmers.  Rewards are available – or at least, I won’t comment on the people who give me the pictures.  Go on, you know you want to……

Watch out Killary….

Leenane locals don’t know what’s going to hit them this weekend as the hostel is taken over by Myrtlevillains on a Tequila Trip serious swimming expedition.  Good luck to all, but especially to the Connemara folk when this lot get there.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Myrtlevillains in serious training for the Killary Fjord swim.

It’s been an “Autumny” week, with a bit of texture on the water some of the days, but still warm and enjoyable.There were a few birthdays this week.  Some public, some not so public.

Ros - Birthday Girl!

Ros – Birthday Girl!

Another notable feature of the week was the rising challenge by Paschal Horgan to Denis Cregan-Condon’s previously undisputed title as De Babe Magnet (he told me).  By all accounts, Paschal has de wimmin eatin’ outa his hand.  Swim Safe!  Enjoy Killary Fjord for those who are travelling.  Normal 08.15 Saturday for those who aren’t.

Just three left

When they look like this, it’s no wonder Myrtleville Mondays are so popular.  Just October 6th, 13th and 20th left before the clock catches us.  Booo!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Monday evening – 29 September. Just three more Monday nights left.

Of course we’ll still have Saturday mornings, the Friday morning group, Turkey Swims, impromptu Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon swims – and the odd Sunday.  I don’t know why I’m being gloomy – the Winter Season is only beginning 🙂

Swim Safe.  Swim Often.  Swim in Cold Water – whenever it finally comes back 🙂