Vote early, Vote often……ILDSA Awards

Janey Mac!  Myrtleville Swimmers got nominated for something!  The 2014 ILDSA Award Nominations are out and “Myrtleville Swimmers Cork” (Das Us!!) are nominated for:

ILDSA ‘MARGARET SMITH AWARD’ 2014 – for a person or group of people who increase the profile of open water swimming.

In addition, regular local swimmers are up for other awards – Carol Cashell for the “Sheena Patterson Spirit of OWS” Award, and Gordon Adair, Ciaran Byrne, Mr. Finbarr and Rian Herlihy in other categories.


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Swimming in shifts.

It really is like the Summer at this stage with the number of scheduled swims.  We had 08.15 Saturday and Sunday and then 11.30 on Sunday as well.  Around those times there were several other small groups.   January is being kind!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Flying visit from Jamie before moving to Limerick – still waiting for the sun on Saturday morning.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Recharging the fuel levels after the 11.30 Sunday morning swim. That Ninja on the left looks fierce familiar.

There have been a few journalists writing lately about the explosion in numbers of OW swimmers in the UK and Ireland.  All of them comment on the stress-relieving aspect of it.  Ms. Maguire takes that a bit further.  She gets the stress-busting benefit of the swim and then doubles it by strangling someone to take out any remaining frustrations.  No wonder she’s always beaming for the photos – de-stressed, de-toxed and very, very deadly.  Posing for swimfies is dangerous when she’s around.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

This is great crack – strangling Gordon first thing in the morning.

When is Church Bay not Church Bay?

Answer: When it’s Myrtleville, of course.  For some reason several old pictures found online refer to Church Bay.

Old photos of Myrtleville.

Postcard marked Church Bay, Crosshaven (from Francis Stokes on the Old Photos of Cork FaceBook page).  Picture is clearly Myrtleville.

William Lawrence in his photographic tours of Ireland took pictures pre-1905.  Again, some strangely marked as Church Bay.

Old photos of Myrtleville.

Picture by William Lawrence taken pre-1904. Interesting to see the clear fields and lack of houses at Fennell’s Bay and overlooking the Dutchman.

Other William Lawrence pictures are then marked correctly.

Old photos of Myrtleville.

Myrtleville from Fennell’s Bay and on to Robert’s Head in the background.

Old photos of Myrtleville.

Myrtleville and O’Regan’s field – when it was a field.

Annagh House – the 1913 postal directory says Mr. Charles E.L. Olden was the resident.  Correctly shown as Myrtleville.

We’ve also got one from the 1930’s labelled as Fennell’s Bay!

Nice to see swimmers in several of the pictures 🙂

They seek him here…..

….they seek him there.  Having taken Christmas off from fighting crime, local officers finally came to put the long arm of the law on Denis Cregan-Condon.  They’ll need to get longer arms if they’re going to catch that slippery character.  A passerby snatched these photos of the master of crime sneaking out his surplus stock, while the sheriffs searched in vain for the cowboy in the sand.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Cregan-Condon: stock sneaking.

Spotting the camera, the conman laughed shamelessly as he scarpered.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Cregan-Condon: Shameless Scarper Snickering.

How long can he remain at large, while taunting the authorities and flaunting his wealth with a new DryRobe for every day of the week?  Somehow, he always seems to be one step ahead.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The Harris Shower company – how does Cregan-Condon always seems to know their plans?

Remember, get your tip-offs in to

Posers strike back.

Jeez, you can’t say anything.  As soon as I say there needs to be improvements in posing next year, I get a flood of photos from fellas saying “I’m doin’ my bit – it’s everyone else who’s lettin’ the side down….”.  Lowry was on –


Kieran Murphy, straight in after him saying he was bringing other, more shy and retiring swimmers along with him.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Mr. Murphy encouraging the shy, retiring Ms. Maguire.

Denis, of course..


And Jim Shalloo – demanding to be given credit for his efforts.  Fair dues, Jim.  To be honest, you don’t look like you’re suffering too much for your art, though.

Look, lads, the point isn’t that individuals aren’t making an effort, it’s that we need to co-ordinate things better in the approach to the sea from the slip.  That was what I was trying to say, but the message was clearly lost on the buachaillí dána.

On the other hand, the mná (as Denis says) missed that point too.  They were all straight down to the beach trying to get their flag picked.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Pick mine – it matches my hair! Mine goes with my eyes! Mine’s the best all-rounder to match neoprene and skin!

Maybe we’ll have to have a Flag competition, like the Hat one 🙂

Swim Safe.  Still waiting for the water to get cold and great to see up to 20 people in the water regularly.

Plus ca change…

How ’bout that for a fancy title?  Everything changes, everything stays the same.  Great to see some pictures of the real Myrtleville Swimmers at the start of another year.  Still swimming..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Tom and Pat – in the sea every day and it’s always warm (they say)!

Watching over us, as ever, Jimmy Long heads into his 85th year on the beach (I think I’ve got that right!).

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Jimmy Long bestowing his blessing for another year on the beach!

Last thing, in case I forget it – prize for the coldest swim so far this winter: 7.8c for these gentlemen at 08.00 last weekend.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Dave Cotter and Brian Twomey waiting for their award for the coldest swim over the holidays. Still waiting…

Another great year coming up.  Swim Safe.  Don’t swim alone.

Swim Posers – Improvements needed for 2015

I’ve had a few days off from updating the site to review performances in the important bit about OW swimming – posing for the photos.  Unfortunately, it’s hard not to conclude that we’ve become a bit lax and while some efforts are being made, we really have to try harder next year.

As this great video from Denis Condon and Anne Sheehy shows, we’re doing reasonably well at organising picture taking at the Turkey Swims.  We’ve got the “posing in lines on the beach” part pretty well sorted….

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Good posing – but a bit dated and perhaps lacking in props.  Still, a valid effort.

It’s what happens from there on that the real problems are.  This shambling, messy walk into the water with no style or co-ordination.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

The dogs on the street can see this is shambolic – no clear focus point, everyone doing their own thing. Just not good enough.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Better effort made here at the Marymount Hospice swim on New Year’s Eve. Well done to all who participated!

We need to up our game – big time.  Fortunately, extensive research has led me to realise what we’re missing and how we need to improve things.  We need A FLAG!

Open water, Sea swimming.

This is how it’s done – The Cryophil Winter Swimming Club in Siberia. We need a flag for next year – definitely.  And one of those green garlandy things.

In fairness, this crowd know how to make an entrance and we can take their lead.  No more wandering down the slip and on to the beach.  We’ll form up for parade by the boathouse and march into the sea.  Class.

For the Turkey Swims, we’ll substitute a tree for the flag…

Open water, sea swimming.

Possible Turkey Swim parade format for 2015.

Then we’ll have a King and Queen of the Turkey Swims to lead us into the water.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.  And Siberia.

King and Queen of Turkey (swims) get to lead the swimmers into the water. Just me or can anyone else see Anne and Denis leading this out next year?  They’re the heads off them.

Swim tomorrow morning at 08.15 as usual.  Might be too soon for the flag to have arrived by then, but we can still practice our parading 🙂