February? Cold? No problem. Warmth in numbers!

February is the coldest month of the year for sea swimming, but you couldn’t tell with the numbers who have kept going this year through the Winter.  A big gang in early on Saturday morning and three groups during the day on Sunday.  Why not, when it looks like this as Siobhan Russell captured..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Myrtleville dawn: February 7th, 2015

Lisa Cummins, as the only Irish person to swim the English Channel two-way, is a bit of a legend and a world-class cold water swimmer.  It’s fair to say it gives everyone a bit of heart when you see her dipping her toe in and saying “eeeeeeekkk” – quietly.  Carol Cashell made sure she didn’t miss the moment for a good smirk too!

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

You have to grab your chances with a visit from someone of Lisa’s experience, so two Myrtlevillain channel aspirants – Kieran Murphy and Anne Sheehy – seized the day and swam the sand channel under Lisa’s guidance.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Lisa carefully coached them in the finer points of the channel-swimming stroke while they crossed the great divide and Riana got it on film.


Kieran was celebrating with everyone afterwards.  A lifetime goal achieved.  10150580_1070110066348213_3523958810552374717_n

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