WE WIN!

¬†Up the Rebels and Viva Myrtleville! ūüôā

We win!

Announced tonight at the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Awards Dinner.¬† Thanks to everyone who¬†voted for¬†us to win the ILDSA¬†MARGARET SMITH AWARD –¬†for a group who increased the profile of open water swimming.

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NOTE: All future references to us – online or otherwise – must now be to:

¬†“The Award Winning Myrtleville Swimmers ‚ĄĘ¬†¬ģ ¬©.”

Licence fees for use of our name, images and overall aura and mystique will be collected by Condon Credit Control Ltd. (slogan: “Pay up or we’ll shower you in s**te.”).

Keep swimming and increasing the profile ūüôā

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Swimming in and from Graball Bay.

Great plans are being made for a swim from Graball to Crosshaven during the Summer.¬†¬† Lots of us have been to Church Bay –¬†if you continued on you would round Weaver’s Point and be at Graball.¬† From there you swim past Camden and around the corner into Crosshaven.¬† A nice swim with the tide coming in, to push you along.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Graball to Crosshaven –¬†aerial view.

Swimming in Graball has some considerable history.  The picture below is from 1934.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Ocean swimming in Graball Bay in 1934. The winner of this race, held under the auspices of the Munster Branch of the IASA, was Richard Jones, captain of the Dolphin Swimming Club.

There was a swimming club and changing rooms there in the 1920s and 30s.

Image of decline. The remnants of the former Crosshaven Swimming Club. It went into disrepair following the closure of the Cork - Crosshaven railway line. Pic. F. Schoonbaert

Image of decline. The remnants of the former Crosshaven Swimming Club at Graball. It went into disrepair following the closure of the Cork – Crosshaven railway line. Pic. F. Schoonbaert

Of course William Lawrence included it in his collection around 1905.

Graball Bay Graball to Roches Point

Nice to see Myrtleville Swimmers making plans to bring some swimming back there again.  Roll on the Summer!

I know for real historians and locals I am glossing over the history of swimming in Graball / Crosshaven.¬†¬†If there are other pictures or information that anyone has, I’d be delighted to get them and share them.

Life and how to live it.

I’ve often mentioned our daily swimmers – Pat, Tom and Peter, not to mention Brian and Adrian.¬† I think they’re inspirational and capture exactly what OW swimming is about and why it’s so fantastic.

Denis Condon came up with a great idea to record their daily swim and Anne Sheehy worked her magic on the video.¬† This is sheer joy and if it doesn’t convince you that sea swimming is the world’s best medicine – and fun – nothing will.

Take four minutes to savour this.¬† It’s worth it.¬† You’ll probably watch it again ūüôā

Myrtleville Swimmers 2014 video.

Siobhan Russell goes to huge efforts to take pictures at almost every swim during the year.¬† With help from Joleen Cronin, they then put together¬†a collage of photographs from the swimming year.¬† Here’s the 2014 edition.¬† Some pictures from Gearoid, Gordon and others, but the bulk from Siobhan.

After lots of fails to get this online in one piece, thankfully someone techie (or at least devoted and willing to give the time!) managed to work it out.  Well done, Dave Russell.

Settle down with a coffee…

Thanks from everyone, Siobhan.¬†¬† Swimming in Myrtleville just wouldn’t be the same without you.

VOTE!! IT’S YOUR DEMOCRATIC DUTY!

Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.  As voting closes this Friday, January 23rd, this is as scoundrelly as I can get.

I know I’m stretching it a bit here and that they may not have had the ILDSA Awards specifically in mind, but our forefathers (and mothers – I’m coming to them too) fought for our right to vote.¬† It’s a bit blurry, but I’m sure there was mention of supporting local swimmers and particularly Myrtleville Swimmers in here somewhere – or at least the right to do so.

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Don’t let their efforts be in vain!¬† Vote here: Section 10 is us: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ildsaawards2014

And let’s not forget¬†the ladies – or according to¬†Denis – “De Mn√°s”.¬† Use that vote!

Votes for Women and Women's votes for Myrtleville!

Votes for Women and Women’s votes for Myrtleville!

Don’t let their efforts be in vain!¬† Vote here: Section 10 is us: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ildsaawards2014

I think I’ve sunk just about as low as I can go now.¬† Jaysus, politics is a dirty business. One last political statement….continue your preferences for other local candidates!

Dance Troupe Auditions.

The Myrtleville Warm-Up Dance Troupe has a long and storied history.  Unusually for a Warm-Up act, they actually perform after the main event.  Led by the twinkle-toed maestro himself, Bernie L, the troupe can be seen performing around Myrtleville beach after every swim during the Winter.

Possibly the most famous incarnation of the troupe was the glory days of Bernie and Fast Eddie.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Myrtleville Warm-Up Dance Troupe when they were on top of the world – go, Eddie, go, go, go….

Unfortunately, a non-dance-related injury has sidelined Eddie, so a new member was needed.¬† Jumpin’ J Slowey has a strong background in solo dance himself, so he was selected to see how he could perform in the team environment.

Not unknown for his moves, Jumpin' J seemed to be the right fit for the Troupe.

Not unknown for his moves, Jumpin’ J seemed to be the right fit for the Troupe.

It’s tough to step into big shoes, so the first sessions with the new boy didn’t really hit the heights expected of the Troupe.¬† The flow just wasn’t there.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Jumpin’ J¬†gives it his best shot at the first outing. You can see Bernie’s not convinced.

However, practice is what it’s all about, so a week later there were definite improvements.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Bernie’s smiling and Jumpin’ J is clearly getting into the role, but it’s too much for just two men.

After some consultation, it was decided to expand the troupe membership.  They will conduct open auditions next Saturday, to see who might be able to make the step up to the big leagues and join Bernie and J.

Despite anti-Mná lobbying by Denis, female swimmers are not just welcome but positively encouraged to audition.  Some of them have great moves to add to the troupe repertoire.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Let’s get them on stage with the Troupe!

There may also be some dark-horses – it’s all about the variety these days.¬† Tom and Sailor have some nifty moves.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

So, get working on your steps and join Bernie and Jumpin’ J¬†on Saturday morning to audition.¬† It could be you ūüôā

Once again, for the week that’s in it, don’t forget¬†(voting closes this Friday, 23rd)…

Vote here: Section 10 is us, by the way https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ildsaawards2014)