Swim Sponsors announced

During a review of the 2017 Myrtleville to Church Bay event, it was noted that some participants commented that there were only prizes for first to third in male and female categories.  Other boys and girls felt left out and went home feeling sad that they didn’t get a prize.  “Other swims give everyone a prize”, said one commenter.  “I deserve a medal too”, said Pat Lowry another sad boy.

Responding to this feedback, the non-committee of the Church Bay swim conducted a call for voluntary sponsors, in order that an expanded range of prizes would be on offer.  While we won’t have one for everybody in the audience, there will be more winning swimmers.  We are delighted to announce four new categories, prizes and sponsors.

Given that this is a new departure for our event, we felt it was appropriate to allow each sponsor to nominate – or indeed, invent – the category for which their prize would be awarded.  The criteria for each winner were decided by the various sponsors.

The additional prizes to be competed for on July 3rd are:

  • Category One:  First female swimmer named Sheehy who has a sister named Carmen
  • Prize: Romantic night for two in Charlie’s Bar on Union Quay
  • Sponsor: Denis Condon
  • Category Two: First male breast stroke swimmer from Barnsley who knows his way round the snap and sup in KC’s
  • Prize: 1 year subscription to Weight Watchers
  • Sponsor: Cáit Ní Ghréilligh
  • Category Three: First mustachioed Alcatraz swimmer named John, who helps out Penny Dinners a lot
  • Prize: Voucher entitling winner to pay for two weeks holiday in Lanzarote
  • Sponsor: Martina Kiely
  • Category Four: First brave boy named Pat who has a brother called Eoin and does paramedicy stuff
  • Prize:  A big hug from his fan club
  • Sponsor:  Denise Lowry

We are hopeful that we will receive further similar no-strings-attached sponsorship offerings.  Great to see the generosity of our sponsors.  

Don’t miss your chance to win!  Get entered now:

https://www.active.com/cork-countycork/water-sports/swimming/rnli-myrtleville-church-bay-2km-open-water-swim-2018

 

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Free Hands-Only CPR Training – Sunday 15th

The more Myrtleville swimmers and beach users who know CPR, the better.  Here’s a great opportunity to get free training next Sunday.

Carrigaline Community First Responders are running a Free CPR Awareness and Training day on Sunday 15th April 2018 from 10.00am to 6.00pm in the Carrigaline Court Hotel. 

The main aim of this event is to provide Free Hands only CPR Training to as many of the public as possible on the day. It is also to raise the awareness of the importance of providing immediate assistance in the event of Cardiac Arrest, in the form of excellent quality compressions.

As part of the community awareness day the Carrigaline Community First Responder have organised free Health screening for anyone who wishes to avail of it. This screening will be run by qualified nurses and EMTs. It is completely confidential and carried out in a secluded setting.

The Hands-only CPR awareness day has been very kindly supported by Janssen Sciences Ireland and the Carrigaline Court Hotel.

RNLI Swim – Going One Step Beyond

This year is going to be bigger and better than ever.  If you’re going to be ready, get entered now on Active. 

I can Absolutely say that we’re going One Step Beyond this year, with our evening swim at 7.  Despite The Rise and Fall of the tide and The Madness of cold water swimming, we Keep Moving with our Wonderful event.  Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da it is true – the other swims just Can’t Touch Us Now. We may be Mad (or) Not Mad but Myrtleville is definitely the place to be on July 3rd.  Get your qualifying swims done – we don’t want any of The Dangermen taking a chance.  As ever, there will be fun and spot prizes – but I don’t think we’ll be able to offer The Liberty of Norton Folgate as one of them.

I know, I’m really reaching with that last line, but seriously – you try to fit that into any ordinary sentence.  It was hard enough to put in the other 11 albums.

With almost 40 years of thanks to Mike, Suggs, Lee, Mark, Chas, Woodie, Chris and – of course – Prince Buster.  http://www.madness.co.uk/

The size of the fight in the dog…..

It’s a true saying – it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.  Great examples spring to mind in sport, from the bould Joe Deane laying waste to massive Tipp defenders for years (never lost to Tipp in his whole career, our Deano) to this iconic Peter Stringer image – as he prepared to hold his own with men apparently twice his size…

Gwan ya good ting, Strings.

Now, to relate this to our own OWS world we have a new iconic image to treasure, as our local hero, Bernie Lynch, refuses to be intimidated by the giants of the sport around him and gets right in to the picture – as good as any of ’em, boy!

Gwan, Bernie!  Hup ya boy ya!!  Feck de begrudgers!!!  Happy birthday, Ned 🙂