As the Number One not-a-club swimming movement in the world, Myrtleville Swimmers are always willing to lend a hand to new like-minded associations. Over the weekend, on a brief trip to Fountaina’, we were delighted to meet representatives of a new local swimmers movement to be known as “Fountainstown For Swimmers” (FFS, for short).
FFS spokesperson, Marie Watson – together with non-committee members, Brenda Sisk and Pat Lowry – explained the motivation of the new movement as being to get as many current Myrtleville Swimmers to move over to the wide open spaces of Fountainstown as possible. Ms. Watson was at pains to point out that FFS was a wholly inclusive movement and absolutely everyone currently taking up my parking swimming in Myrtleville was welcome to move over there as soon as possible.
“We have mountains of parking and room for everyone”, said Ms. Watson. “We really, really want the multitudes in Myrtleville to come over here to join us. Nothing would make us happier”. It is understood that Myrtlevillians resident in Fountainstown will throw open their doors to offer hot showers and BBQs to all FFS associates (they have not actually been told this as yet, but it’ll be grand. Breda and Daniel are sound.).
A warm welcome awaits ye all in Fountainstown. #goFFS
Local swimmer, Bernie Lynch – interviewed on de telly by Virgin Media about the new movement – was vocal in his endorsement. “C’mere, until about 2012 ’twas grand down in Myrtleville. ‘Twas just meself, Pat, Tom and de odd extra fiend some days. Den dis langer came along and set up a website. Now I’m walkin’ from de shop here to Myrtleville cos dere’s no parking. I mean, at least it’s better dan de traffic bandidos of de Wild West down by d’Island, but it’s still a feckin pain. FFS is right. I’m all for it. Go, FFS and take dat shaggin website with ye!”
Given such staunch support, this langer will be throwing all available resources of the shaggin website behind the new movement and encouraging the promotion of it through the twitter hashtag #GoFFS. Join the movemement, people! Go, FFS!!
The RNLI swim to Church Bay won’t go ahead on July 8th. For any swim this year, it’s more than likely that we would have 200+ people on the beach, so that means waiting until after July 20th, at least, to run any event.
As previously notified, we aren’t going to have a timed event this year. We have now also decided to try to tie in a swim event with the arrival of the new buoys (supposedly mid-July, based on latest updates from the supplier). That means (shock/horror), we won’t be having an event that goes from Myrtleville to Church Bay. Instead, we will have a more relaxed lap-of-the-buoys event. We will probably have a bucket for donations to the RNLI, but will not have pre-event entries.
Anyone who has entered through Nifty Entries for July 8 will receive an email in the coming week or so about their options on the entry fee paid.
We will probably schedule the event at a week’s notice, once the buoys are in and the weather is favourable.
For the swim to Church Bay – tune in next year 🙂
Pat and Antoinette finished – in the pre-Covid days.
It seems a long time ago, but last January it was suggested to Bernard Lynch and myself that some funding from the Cork County Council Community Grant fund might be available to supplement the contributions made by the swimmers for the buoys in Myrtleville. We got helpful input from Eamonn Mullally and Cllr. Seamus McGrath and submitted the application just in time for Covid19 to shut us all down 🙂
Today we got news that €2,000 had been allocated to Myrtleville Swimmers for the buoys. Thanks to any councillors who supported this. We will now be able to fund the buoys and maintenance for the foreseeable future, without having to ask for donations again.
The suppliers of the buoys in the UK are only back to work a week or so. We are awaiting updates on delivery but chasing them for the earliest opportunity. We will update on this as soon as possible in the next few days. In the meantime, swim safe.
Just a note as large numbers of swimmers return to the sea – the AED in Myrtleville needs a new battery, which Glen Barton has ordered. A new casing will also be organised in the coming weeks. The battery costs of about €220 and the cost of the new casing will be covered from donations previously received from swimmers. Thanks for looking after this, Glen 🙂