Drag weights and smiles.

God loves a trier and credit has to go to Carol Cashell for working so hard to achieve her qualifying swim for the RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay Swim on July 4th.  After a number of un-ratified attempts, she showed her true character on Monday night last.  Not only did she smash the 1500m qualifying distance by doing 4km, she did it while wearing drag weights she had picked up on a jaunt to England, just to demonstrate her strength.  Well done, Carol and roll on July 4th 🙂

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Carol and her drag weights. Please, do not try this at home or in the water. Carol is a professional with many years of experience in winning and wearing drag weights of this kind.

Elsewhere on the beach, the temperatures are rising – slowly, it has to be said – and there are lots of people back in the sea and loving it.  Liam Maher managed his qualifier swim too and was delighted (his entry under Qualifying Swims was “Plenty” – so the committee tapped him for a real swim).      11537243_1159164520776100_3306169357911871257_n

More visitors from around the country are appearing – a bit further than Tipp this time.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Conal McBride down from Donegal to get some warmer water, with Patrick “The Shadow” McCabe.

Sinead O’Donnell conducted an experiment on what happens if you put a wet foot into dry sand – results below.  Imagine that. I wonder if the two guys on the right have any intention at all of “getting down” – as in the old phrase “It’s grand once you’re down”.


Not a lot of people know this, but Bernard Lynch never washed his Speedos.  They’ve been living in the back of his car for about five years and drenched in saline or chlorine most days.  Imagine his surprise when he reached for them last week and discovered they’d mutated into jammers or been swapped by a family member.  I think we’ll have to start an online campaign to bring back the Speedos – he’s not the same without them.


Unfortunately, as we all know, the downside of Summer in Myrtleville is that some undesireables start to turn up on the beach.  The dodgy character below on the left was circulating during the week, muttering about “fresh” and “camps” and other lunacies.  Just move away if he approaches you.  He’s inherently harmless, we believe.

10409529_1158561344169751_958282014428536016_nGood luck to everyone in Garnish tomorrow.  Remember, it’s a perfect qualifier for July 4th!  Enter here for the RNLI Myrtleville – Church Bay Swim.

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