RNLI Swim – Participant information

Please arrange your travel plans to car pool if it all possible. Be aware of the traffic diversions getting to Church Bay.

Parking in Church Bay and in Myrtleville will be very limited. Work with the stewards. Parking is available in the Rugby Club at the top of the hill in Myrtleville.

RNLI Swim on June 16 – can’t make it?

If you have entered for the swim on June 16 and you now can’t make it that evening, please think of the RNLI and cancel your place. You will not get a refund and you can’t transfer your entry, but a cancellation will free up a place for someone on the very long waiting list to enter and thus give some more money for the RNLI. It’s all about funds for the Lifeboats.

Beware the Siren Call – The Return (or The Revenge, more like it)

After the visit from Daithi last week, I was sure I was on for a scriptwriter job on the all-new Today with Daithi and Bernie Show, starring our own Bernie Lynch. Unfortunately, it now seems Harry Casey has got in there ahead of me and is writing Rom-Com dramas. His first script is below (published on some misspelled version of this venerable site and – let’s be honest – with a fair bit of plagiarism) and it’s worthy of a reprint here. Fame. At last.

From Harry “watch your back” Casey:

It seemed almost too good to be true. A brave, lone Myrtlevillian embarks on a quest to commune with fame and meets many obstacles in his way, namely some Magnificent Mermaids and Mermen – AKA the other Myrtleville swimmers rudely barging into his photos with Kerry’s finest export (aside from the butter and the horse who went to France). With these images beamed around the world (it’ll be on RTE anyway), Damian O’Neill has been inundated with offers from Hollywood for a film about his experience. The project – with the working title “Swims with Daithí” (like Costner in that wolf thingie years ago) – is being cast (Clint Eastwood is on to play Damian, apparently, but Damian reckons he’s not macho enough) and we hear plans are in place to engage Peter Foott with his local knowledge of filming on the beach for the Young Offenders.

Being the cute hoor that Damian is – in case the movie doesn’t work out – he has trademarked the images below and has plans to set up a stall selling t-shirts and mugs with pictures of said rare images, outside of Bernie’s Siopa in the village on Saturday morning.

So, Damian – enjoy it while it lasts, but keep the day job. This one might go down the tubes yet. You can’t trust those fillum fellas.

*Any similarities between this article and any previously published articles by another author are purely coincidental.

**This article is absolutely not being published in retaliation

Help wanted for new swimmers evening – May 31st at 6.45pm

May 31st, 6.45 pm: Weather permitting, Eilis Burns will be bringing a group of new open water swimmers to Myrtleville on Tuesday, May 31st at 18:45.

Any of the regular Myrtleville swimmers who can be around that evening to give any help would be appreciated. We need strong swimmers used to the sea to join the group for the swim and watch out for anyone who needs some support.  Also, any kayakers or SUPs available would be very welcome.

Please come down if you can. Remember what your own first swim was like and help out.

Some of the new swimmers on another evening – 2014.

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2022 – entries open

Entries are now open for the RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim on June 16th, 2022 at 19.00.  Please note – if you’re new to swimming, do make sure you have sufficient training done before you consider entering for this swim 🙂

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2022 Entries

RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2022

Early notice to get some training done 🙂

The 2022 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay 2km open water sea swim will take place on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 7.00 pm. 

Entries will open in March and will close at 14.00 on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022.

If for safety reasons June 16th has to be postponed, the back-up date is Friday, July 1st, 2022 at 7.00 pm.  If this date can not proceed, all entry fees will be donated to the RNLI.  

Myrtleville Minkies North Channel Swim

Congratulations to the Minkies, who completed their North Channel relay on Friday, July 2nd. Start point was Donaghadee (about 15k south of Bangor). It was a four-person team – Marie Watson, Brenda Sisk, Ann Smyth and Fiona Coleman. Ann finished the swim in Scotland after 19 hours 33 mins.

Darren Morrissey was on the boat with them and gave us this short summary of a huge achievement:

I was on the boat with the girls for their NC swim on Friday. They played an absolute blinder. Unbelievable from the four of them. They did themselves proud. They only wore Myrtleville hats all day. They had about 24 hours notice to get to Bangor for the swim start. No accommodation booked and everything to do. Pre-swim fuel was wine and chips 😂. They were all immense. They found the strength to finish a grueling day with a smile on their faces and broke into Scotland.

A fantastic achievement! Well done to all involved. By the way, it’s unclear if Ann cursed on reaching Scotland (one of the “Thank F@#K for that” variety), but I’d bet she did.