Christmas Eve Swim

Fantastic morning at the beach with about forty swimmers in the water.  Lots of regulars and visitors from Spain and France – via Dublin and Kinsale – as well.  Not forgetting Barnsley, of course. A very happy Christmas to all 😁



Congratulations to Steve Redmond

Congratulations to Steve Redmond on the news that he’s going to be inducted into the prestigious International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame next April.  It’s hard to imagine a more worthy recipient.

Of course, we will now shamelessly claim his success for Myrtleville.  We have the pictures to prove it.

Steve with the Hat - to which he attributes all his success.****

Steve with the Hat – to which he attributes all his success.****

Steve with his most devoted fan. Mad about him, she is.

Steve with his most devoted fan. Mad about him, she is.

**** Note : Steve didn’t have the Hat until long after his Oceans 7 heroics.  A mere detail and timeline blip we’re ignoring here.

Congratulations, Mr. Redmond 🙂

Christmas Party – this Saturday the 10th at 8.00pm


Big crowd going on Saturday night to the Oar in Crosshaven.  8.00 start and excellent tunes promised from Brendan O’Brien.  €10 on the night for anyone who hasn’t paid already – to Breda Maguire.

Of course, a night out is nothing without lots of planning ahead for what to wear.  Frank Hallissey is ahead of the posse on this one and has clearly identified a slinky Ralph Lauren number for himself, which he inadvertently shared online.  Lots of leg waxing needed for that one, Frank.


In fairness to Frank, he’s never shy about showing he’s in touch with his feminine side.  He refuses to give up his lovely pink, fluffy towel to that other softie, K. Murphy.


Going to be a great night and be sure to dress up well – Frank has set that bar high 🙂

The Secret Six

Following on from the very high-profile Myrtle Turtles channel relay this year, another group of Myrtlevillians – known as the Secret Six – are believed to be focused on that bit of dirty stuff between England and France for next Summer.  

I say “believed” but “rumoured” might be a better word.  Unlike the constant media bombardment undertaken by the Turtles (OK, OK, some pictures and made-up stuff on this site), the Secret Six are so far below the radar, they might be using the Chunnel to get to France, rather than swimming there.  Nobody’s even sure who they are.  Much searching on d’interweb has thrown up some possible candidates, but all images are hard to make out and clearly being adapted to avoid identification.

Secret Sixer 3.

Secret Sixer 1.

Secret Sixer 2.

Secret Sixer 2.

Secret Sixer 1.

Secret Sixer 3.

Of course what the Six have to understand is that nature (i.e. de meedja, i.e. me) abhors a vacuum – so we’ll just have to make stuff up.  

Accordingly, we are delighted to announce that the Secret Six are, in fact, doing a nineteen-way Channel swim, via Myrtleville.  This will be a world first, in case you didn’t know.  

The team will be piloted by Denis Condon, aboard a boat which he plans to “borrow” from a moorings in Crosshaven – possibly after a feed of drink at the Christmas party night next Saturday.  He intends to hide the craft in the “fresh-water” camp in North Cork/Korea – because nobody in their right mind goes there, so the boat will  be safe until it’s needed next Summer.

In the meantime, the Secret Six are loitering around the beach and various pools, denying they are doing any training and practicing secret hand-signals known only to the team members.  

Secret Sixer Signalling. Is that Denis with the boat outside?

Secret Sixer Signalling. Is that Denis with the boat outside?

Rumour has it there are female Sixers, but no sightings have been reported as yet and at least one has been heard to have taken up some alternative training.  According to sources, she has “gone mad altogether for de dancing – no stopping her”.

We will monitor (or make up, as required) developments with interest.  Go Secret Six!