2018 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim

The 2018 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2km open water sea swim will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 7.00 pm. 

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Entries will open in April.

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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 🙂

Steve Redmond film – Saturday 18th @ 4pm

The Swimmer, a short film featuring Steve Redmond, will be in the Cork Film Festival on Saturday next at 4pm in the Everyman Theatre.

Steve’s film is part of the International Short Films section and the line-up of films looks like a great couple of hours of entertainment.  

Tickets can be booked here: Cork Film Festival Tickets

If you can be in town on Saturday, Steve would be delighted to see any swimmers there.Meet the stars - Steve Redmond gets to have his photo taken with Pat Higgins and Tom Bermingham. "Better than any Oceans Seven", said Steve :-)Meet the stars – Steve Redmond gets to have his photo taken with Pat Higgins and Tom Bermingham. “Better than any Oceans Seven”, said Steve 🙂

Myrtle Aid?

News has reached this site of an exciting planned bi-location event on December 9th, similar to the Live Aid Wembley and Philadelphia shows in 1985.  Myrtleville Swimmers has become so big that one venue just isn’t enough.  Instead – for one night only (because there are only 365 nights in the year to choose from) – on December 9th, they’ll be “Rockin’ All Over de Crosser/Quays”.

There was hassle getting the video link-ups right for Live Aid, but 32 years on WhatsApp will ensure the two venues for this massive event will work in sync.  It doesn’t seem to make anything else work together, but I’m sure this night will be fine. 

I’d suggest that to keep it real, the same set-list should be followed in the two spots.  I’m mad into de music meself, so here’s a few suggestions for what could be on that set-list.  Brendan O’Brien might have these in his DJ van, maybe:

  • “Double Trouble” by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • BB King’s, “We can’t agree”
  • Cliff Richard’s classic, “We don’t talk any more”
  • “Lost that loving feeling”, from the Righteous Brothers – for the slow set
  • and, of course, Cheap Trick’s, “Ain’t that a shame” (The Live at Budokan version).

Those of us who can remember (that’d be most of us, as we’re all supposedly grown-ups now) may recall Phil Collins doing the coolest thing and travelling from Wemberly to Philly to appear at both shows. 

Our own version of Phil – the head off him, seriously – is going to replicate this achievement and bi-locate between the two venues (since he doesn’t drink, he said he’d take an ould spin into town if things got quiet and needed a celebrity jizz-up).  Here’s the bould Murph getting ready:

It’s going to be some night!  Although I won’t be there (or there) myself.  I’m heading for the hot spots of Passage with Bernie Lynch – it’s dead handy for getting home after and that’s all that matters.  I think the pub only sells  Beamish and Harp, but sure what harm.  We’ll follow the show online and maybe do a tri-location broadcast ourselves.  Bernie does a mean cover of Van Halen’s “Where have all the good times gone?”.  Keepin’ it real, man – right on.

Vampire Swim 2017 – 28th October @ 12.00

Update from Aisling Barry:

The forecast for Saturday is looking good with light West winds.  We have 58 people registered for the Vampire Swim and we have only ordered 100 hats.  If you’re not registered we cannot guarantee you a hat. Email vampireswimcork@gmail.com to ensure you’re on the list.

Cost is €10 and all proceeds are going to the Children’s Unit in CUH.  

Vampire Swim, Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

To donate blood, ring the Blood Bank and make an appointment – details on http://www.giveblood.ie.  Thanks to everyone who has done this already.

Remember – swimmers need to register their names to vampireswimcork@gmail.com.   If you don’t register, you don’t get a hat.

Toes in the water at 12 midday on Saturday, 28th October.   There will be a few nibbles afterwards on the beach.  All are welcome – swimmers or not – but fancy dress expected!

Any questions contact Marie or Aisling on the email above.

Turkey Swims 2017

Mark your diaries for the Turkey Swim Dates 2017! Times, Locations & Dates below…

Remember this is open to everyone who swims regularly in the Sea, no matter where they normally swim.  This is not exclusive to any club or group of swimmers, If you want to swim on a date, come along, find a swim buddy and join in, no matter where the swim is on! The Sandycove times are based on tides and at Myrtleville we can swim on any tide so there is a mix of Morning/afternoon times to try and suit all people over both days of the weekend.  Wetsuit, Skins, Fins, all welcome!
How the ‘Turkey Swims’ work:
** Swimmers Sign In and pay €2 on the day of Swim. (someone will have a money box and sign-in sheet – probably Carol, Angela or Eoin).
** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 23rd Dec at Fountainstown, These include Butcher Vouchers (instead of an actual Turkey) and many other spot prizes (The Edge Vouchers / wine / chocolates / selection boxes etc!). We had over 30 prizes last year.
** Don’t Forget to Pay and Sign In, if you don’t you are not in the draw!
** Make however many swims you can.
** The more you swim, the more times you are entered for the ‘draw’.
** A Swim doesn’t have to be 30mins, no min/max time or distance, turn up and do what you feel comfortable with on the day. Togs or Wetsuit, up to you, swim safe, stay warm, swim with similar speed buddies. Turning Up for Fresh Air and a chat also counts, sometimes that’s what we need.
** The Swimmers Turkey Series is a Social Event for Cork OW swimming in the Winter.
Remember to bring your Flasks for after the swims for hot drinks to help you warm up, Nibbles are always welcome too!, there is talk of some people bringing cake! ideal way to practice for the Great Turkey Bake Off on Sat 23rd Dec! (See the Facebook event for more info)