The Liam Maher Perpetual “There’s Always One” Trophy.

Those who attended the prizegiving for the RNLI swim last Thursday night will have seen the presentation to Carol Cashell on behalf of Mr. Liam Maher. 

Carol subbing for Liam Maher at the presentation ceremony.

Some of you may recall that Liam has something of a history with the event.  

This prize was awarded to Mr. Maher for his noteworthy performance last Thursday night at the finish of the swim.  There is always a very focused stage at the end when safety concerns dictate that all volunteers are closely engaged in monitoring the swimmers as they exit the water.  Liam chose this point to arrive, demanding to know “Where are all the bags?  Are all the bags here?  Who didn’t bring down my bag?  My bag isn’t here.”  You will note in all of this there was no mention of “I can’t find my bag”.  Oh no, it was all down to the organisers and I was the eejit who happened to turn around and catch his eye.  Bernard knew better – kept looking out to sea.  I’ll have to learn his zen-like powers of concentration. 

Anyway, back to Liam’s bag – which I personally was responsible for losing, he left me know.  It wasn’t in the pile.  No way.  He was certain.  He’d checked.  Repeatedly.  Not there.  No.  I believed him.  Apparently it was the only Manhattan Marathon (boat assisted) Bag on the beach so if it was there, he’d see it.  Hence, it mustn’t be there.  Up and down the beach I searched.  All the way back up to the van.  Down again.  I was accosting people carrying bags of the same colour.  “Did you take Liam’s bag?  Didya?”  Things were getting bad.  

I asked Bernard again.  Only the tenth time.  He fixed me with his steely, zen-like focus and said “I couldn’t give a flying” – “Damian, all the bags are there.  All of them”.  I stopped.  Drew breath.  Considered.  “Could Liam be a complete feckin’ eejit who can’t see his own bag?”  Hmm. I walked back to the pile of bags.  It wasn’t there.  However, it was less than five feet away from the pile.  Sitting on its own.  Happy.  Serene.  Waiting.  Five feet.  Five.  Maximum.  A good deal shorter than Mr. Maher himself.  Right there.

I knew then that the specially restored, vintage 1996 Kartworld Champion trophy we had been saving for a deserving recipient had found its home.  Here’s Carol passing on the trophy to Mr. Maher……

….and said Mr. Maher out on the serious lash celebrating his win by demonstrating that if the bag had been twelve feet away, he could still have reached the bloody thing if he’d just feckin’ looked.

The trophy has now been officially named the Liam Maher Perpetual Trophy and will be presented to a deserving recipient, as yet unknown, at the next or future swims.  There’s bound to be a recipient.  Like the trophy says, there’s always one.

Update on “Where’s Denis?”, the fun game for all the family.

We’re delighted to announce that Denis Condon has resurfaced, although not in Myrtleville.  Liam Maher (who has a lot to answer for – see tomorrow) was trying to get back into the Myrtlevillian good books and took it upon himself to trawl various establishments to find Mr. Condon.  He’s a martyr, is Liam,  A martyr who will be stoned soon, as it happens.

Anyway – found him….and doesn’t he look thrilled??!!

Who wouldn’t look happy when you’re out for a quiet night in a secret location (I hear Nana’s on Douglas Street is a nice spot, by the way) and this happens….

Yes, that’d make your night alright.  We know you’re back in Cork, Denis – come back to Myrtleville (there’s jobs to be done…).

Have you seen this man?

Missing since a jaunt to the Rockies and notably absent at the swim last night, Denis Condon – where are you??

Whatever we said (and we said a lot, repeatedly), we didn’t mean it (well, maybe a bit, but not really, like) and we want you back (the showers need to be fixed, they keep running so you have to get the sand out of them).

Come back, Denis, all is forgiven (maybe not all, but enough for now).

Results – 2019 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim

The results are now online with Sportstiming for the 10th Annual RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim.

Click here:   https://www.sportsplits.com/races/15595

Thanks to all of the volunteers and sponsors who helped to make the event possible – the RNLI, Coast Guard, Gardai, Order of Malta, Funkytown, Sports Timing, Centra Crosshaven, Port of Cork, Cronin’s Pub, The Edge Sports and numerous fantastic individuals without whom nothing could run.  All of your time and efforts are greatly appreciated.  Thanks again to you all.

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim – participant information

Thanks to the 210 entrants.

Each of you will receive an email with participant information and a waiver form for completion.  For convenience, these are here also:

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2019 – Participant Information

Waiver form for RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2019

It would help at registration if you had this waiver form printed and completed.  

Registration from 17.00 to 18.30 tomorrow.  Safety briefing at 18.30.

See you there.

24 hours to enter

“There are only 24 hours to enter”…..(sing that to the tune of “24 hours to Tulsa” – go on: sing that while you enter). See below for the tune.  Gene Pitney – de berries.

No late entries.  No transfers.  No changes.  Enter before 14.00 on Wednesday 19th or you won’t be swimming. 

ENTER NOW – THE 10TH ANNUAL RNLI MYRTLEVILLE TO CHURCH BAY SWIM.

Waiver form for RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2019

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2019 – Participant Information

Entries closing at 2pm (14.00 hours) on Wednesday

Entries are open – here: https://myrtlevilleswimmers.niftyentries.com/RNLI-Swim and will close at 14.00 on Wednesday, June 19th, 2019.  There are NO entries on the night, no swaps, no transfers – insurance doesn’t allow it.

The forecast is looking good.  If you want to swim, enter on time.

If you have entered and want to save some time at registration, please download and complete the Waiver form for RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2019 and bring it with you on the night.  All swimmers will have to have one completed.

It’s going to be a great night, so please enter now to be part of it.