Last minute gift? All sorted.

Everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – would love a Myrtleville Towel or Hat this Christmas.  Whether it’s the Mr. Finbarr or Yankee Ned in your life, there’s nothing they’d love more.  

For a stocking filler to be proud of, call to Bernie in Centra Crosshaven for a cool Towel or Hat. 

Thanks to Centra staff for facilitating distribution of these by the way – it’s a hassle for them for no cost to us Myrtlevillians.  Much easier than using the boots of our cars and messing around with change! Much appreciated.


De Video – 2017

If I’m asked – and I often am – why so many people have taken to swimming in Myrtleville I say, “Siobhan Russell”.  In this digital age, having an in-beach photographer who captures the fun of sea swimming is fantastic.  People trying to decide if they should take the plunge and try getting in to the sea can browse online and clearly see others who may look a bit mad (we do), but who definitely are having fun.  Siobhan captures that and it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have her.

Here’s this year’s labour of love showing us all in all our glory!  Have a coffee and a relax.  It’s worth it.   Thanks, Siobhan.  You are a star.

Lip liner? Seriously?

It’s gone mad now.  Everything.  The world.  Mad. 

One constant I had to cling to in life was that the car boot is where you keep swimmy stuff.  Everyone the same.  Dumped there.  Loads of it.  Clean it out a couple of times a year.  Grand.  Comforting, though.  You know your swimmy stuff is there.  Togs.  Goggles.  Hats.  Flasks.  Towels.  Lip liner.  Wha?

“I’ve lip liner in the boot, if you need it”.  Words I never thought I’d hear at the top of Myrtleville beach.  Until yesterday.  Then I noticed various ladies unwilling to get out of their cars until they had primped, preened and titivated to their satisfaction. 

Is this the Instagram generation taking us over?  “I wouldn’t be seen dead at the Dutchman without lipstick….”?  “It’s under 10c, I’d better use a different foundation….”?

Seriously, ladies, ye don’t need to be listening to Denis.  Ye’re gorgeous just they way ye are.  Clean out those boots now.  Put the lippy back in the house where it belongs.  Go for the natural look.  Like these icons.  Not a lip liner between them.

Really now.   Kiss that lip liner goodbye.

Rough water exits

The sea is getting rough next week and we’re heading into Winter, when rough water and waves will be much more common.  Swimming in the waves is great crack, no question. 

Getting in and getting out of the waves is not quite so much fun and potentially dangerous. 

Donal Buckley is doing a very detailed series on this and I’m going to point everyone there.  However, I’m going to copy a couple of his lines below – just as a summary. 

We’re very lucky in Myrtleville to have a sandy, safe exit 99% of the time.  There are rocks, though, and even on sand a wave can hit and flip you very easily.  That’s painful – and dangerous.  Think before you get in and think very hard about how you’ll get out.  It’s too late to do that when you’re in the waves.


  • You should not be getting into open water before you know where or if you can safely exit.
  • You should not let others decide for you if exit conditions are safe.
  • Alternatively you should not get into the water simply because someone else is already in there.
  • A corollary of these statements is that you should not be getting in the water in anticipation that a safe exit will somehow present itself once you have entered the water.

Swim safe – which can mean “don’t swim today”.  If it looks a bit dodgy to get in, it’ll be a lot worse to get out 🙂

Christmas presents – sorted.

Wondering what to get for the swimmer (and car-owner) in your life, this Christmas?  The year’s must-have fashion accessory, of course.  The Myrtleville Swimmers windscreen decal.  I didn’t even have to make this one up.  Fair dues to Owen McSweeney.

You’d expect to find Kieran Murphy around anything like this – and sure enough…

Can’t wait to see Finbarr Hedderman’s car when he gets his one done.  Bernard has already ordered one for Ann Lynch.  Don’t tell her though, it’s a surprise.

Myrtlevillians mistreated in Sandycove

Honestly – some people?! We do all this work to support Sandycove and our peaceful emissaries are grievously mistreated by way of thanks.   The images from the events of Saturday are simply shocking.  Those of a gentle disposition may wish to look away now (Denis, Eoin Lowry etc).

First up – staunch Myrtlevillian, Finbarr Hedderman was lured into a picture with horrendous grey branded products and some kind of goat flag.  Ever the gentleman, he faked a smile but refused to wear any of them.  Myrtleville to the core, is Finbarr.  

Further insult was heaped on the unsuspecting award-winning Siobhan Russell, when she was unceremoniously bundled up in some of the gear.  We think this is an attempt to get star recognition of the goaty stuff, what with Siobhan’s high profile and access to all the top media outlets – this site, the Carrigdhoun etc.

The swim itself was where the real badness occurred – with outright assault on poor Bernard Lynch by person or persons unknown out the back of the Island.  Eoin O’Riordan, by the way.  Beaten and battered was Bernie – until he pulled away and bate the perpetrator.  Gwan ya good ting, Bernie!!  

The assault was raised with Rob De Bull after the event, in the hope that Eoin might get his just punishment.  “I saw nuttin”, said Rob.

We’re sure there were other assaults, but Myrtlevillians swam on regardless.  It’s worth noting that every single Myrtlevillian in the event beat Ned Denison.  How about that? Doesn’t happen too often.  

Darren Morrissey also showed the begrudgers what he thought of them. Gwan, Dazza!!

Things just got worse at the after-party.  Senior statisticians pored over the purported results and noted numerous additions of time onto Myrtlevillians.   Fake Times, said some American guy.  

Leading Myrtlevillians, Aisling and Finbarr, took to the stage to appeal for calm and a modicum of gratitude for all that Myrtevillians have done for little Sandycove.  That went down well.Eoin O’Riordan responded with shouts of “thanks, I’ll give ye thanks!!!” and went for Bernard again.  How much punishment must the poor man take?Salt was then rubbed in the wounds when our Mike Harris award was presented to Alex Jeffers.  I’m sure Alex has done his bit for Sandycove – but nowhere near as much as myself and Bernard.  Fix, like.  Fix.  They made our Finbarr stand in that pic too.  

Still, there’s always positives amidst the gloom.  The Irwin family had another great day out!  Well done, Mae – and the first man home in togs, Neddie, of course 🙂