RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim

2018 Event:

The RESCHEDULED 2018 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim will take place on Thursday, July 5th, 2018 at 8.00 pm. 

Entries are closed.

Rescheduled RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim 2018 – Participant Information


The 2018 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim was cancelled due to weather conditions for Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 at 7.00 pm. 

Entries are now open on Active and will close at 13.00 on Monday, July 2nd.

2017 Event:

The RESCHEDULED 2017 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim will take place on Thursday, July 13th, 2017 at 7 pm

Participants must have submitted their entry online.  We can’t accept entries on the day.

Entries are online with Active.   Take note of the No Refunds policy – we’re donating entries to the RNLI.


This is a challenging 2km swim in open water conditions from Myrtleville Beach to Church Bay, with majestic views of Roches Point lighthouse, the entrance to Cork Harbour and the odd cruise liner, oil tanker or navy vessel passing by.

All participants must be able to verify a minimum of one 1,500m open water swim in 2016. We strongly recommend you have done a longer distance – or several 1,500m swims. This is a fantastic, but challenging swim and not to be attempted without proper preparation.  If you want to practice, come to Myrtleville any Monday night at 6pm (from Monday March 27, 2017) or Saturday mornings at 09.00 – all year round.

There’s no excuse not to get some practice sessions in!

Email us – myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com, follow on twitter @MyrtlevilleS or watch this site for updates.


2016 Event:

The 2016 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim took place on Saturday 18th, June at 3.00 pm. 



Alternative viewpoints on the event 🙂






2015 Event:

The re-scheduled 2015 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim took place on Saturday 15th August at 5.00pm.

RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim 2015 – Results – August 15 2015

2015 Race Review and Photos.

2014 Event:

The 2014 RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to Cork Harbour) 2km open water sea swim took place on Saturday 28th, June at 5.30pm. 

2014 Results

2014 Race Review and Photos.

Alternative Race Review and Photos.

2013 Report:

It was an absolutely fantastic event on Saturday, September 21st at 5.30pm, with a challenging sea bringing the best out of all 101 swimmers.  We had an incredible performance from the winner, Ethan O’Brien, in a time of 24:43.

Carol Cashell continued her winning streak with third place overall and first lady in 28:25.

Special mention also for Neddie Irwin, age 10, who finished in 33:22 for 18th place overall, leaving lots of big names in his wake.

All swimmers came in under 55 minutes, supported throughout by the RNLI, Civil Defence, Coast Guard, Funkytown kayakers and numerous volunteers in boats, kayaks and on land who gave their time and equipment freely.  Thank you very much to everyone.

Over €1,200 was raised for the RNLI – and that is what it’s all about.

2013 Results

Siobhan Russell took hundreds of pictures and these are online here.

Howard Crowdy also has a gallery of pictures, some of which were published in a full-page Evening Echo report on October 5th.  Howard’s pictures are here.

2012 Race Report

Chris Mintern and Carol Cashell made it three wins in three years at the third annual Myrtleville to Church Bay Swim, held last weekend in glorious Summer sunshine.

76 swimmers took part this year with various levels of open sea swimming, ranging from seasoned English Channel swimmers to relative novices.  The winner crossed the finish line in 28.20, over two minutes ahead of Ned Denison and Owen O’Keeffe in third with Carol Cashell the first lady home and fourth place overall on 32.25.

Conditions were described as ‘challenging’ as a North West blew into the faces of the swimmers as they turned the headland.  This became even more difficult for the slower swimmers who had to contend with the tide turning against them after an hour – so much so that only 50 completed the 2 kilometre course with 26 retiring, finding the swim a little too demanding this year.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony which was held in the Crosshaven RNLI station afterwards, event organiser Bernard Lynch went on to congratulate all of the swimmers in taking part in the event, raising funds for the local RNLI. He thanked the co-operation and assistance from members of the RNLI, Coast Guard, committee members, supporters and members of Funkytown Kayaks at Myrtleville who followed the competitors along the course. Seventeen year old  Chris Mintern , an experienced swimmer and triathlon competitor, who won the Monkstown triathlon only last week, claimed his third title in a row, as did seasoned competitor Carol Cashell.

Click here for pictures, courtesy of Howard Crowdy:


No.    Name         Time

58 Chris Mintern 28.20

6 Ned Denison 30.30

8 Owen O’Keeffe 32.05

60 Carol Cashell 32.25

62 Jen Schumacher 34.00

43 Ray McCardle 34.30

47 Paraic Casey 41.30

29 Lizzie Lee 42.30

63 Jonathan O’Reagan 42.52

51 James Cleary 45.05

32 Brian O’Shea 47.00

31 Paul Kelleher 48.40

68 Liam Maher 52.30

24 Alan McGuinness 54.00

9 Declan O’Keeffe 55.05

45 Tim Smyth 55.08

61 Eleanor Courtney 55.40

17 Damian O’Neill 56.00

40 Fergus Galvin 56.10

67 John F. Walsh 56.25

30 Liadh Hourihane 56.55

76 Conor McCarthy 59.00

36 Niall Vaughan 1h 01.30

64 Orla                    1h 02.15

66 Niamh O’Connor 1h 02.15

53 Tom McCarthy 1h 02.40

41 David Merriman 1h 04.00

21 Martin Bohane 1h 04.45

16 Noel Finegan 1h 04.50

28 Kevin Power 1h 05.25

13 Joanne Conroy 1h 06.30

23 Sally Kelly 1h 06.35

56 Frank Kelleher 1h 08.00

44 Rory Galvin 1h 08.00

37 James Collins 1h 08.20

5 Finbar Hedderman 1h 14.30

59 Pat O Reagan 1h 19.40

1 Imelda Lynch 1h 21.05

2 Oswald Schmidt 1h 21.10

15 Shane Finegan 1h 22.20

4 Tadhg Harrington 1h 23.19

27 Maeve Mulcahy 1h 24.25

57 Peter O’Mahony 1h 25.00

54 Ray Huxley 1h 25.40

74 James Brennan 1h 28.00

26 Robbie Rickson 1h 28.20

50 George Fuller 1h 31.00

20 Mairead O’Reilly 1h 34.00

35 Maire Marshall 1h 34.00

19 Aideann O’Leary 1h 34.10

Did not finish:

75 James McCullagh

71 Brian Murphy

22 Stephanie Mendell

65 Sara O’Riordan

42 Conor Coughlan

39 Brian Lenihan

49 Riana Parsons

72 Fiona Foley

34 Cornelius Marshell

33 Ita Kirwan

11 Kevin Lynch

12 Jane Kirrane

25 Eleanor Moore

52 David Keating

48 Conor Power

3 Declan O’Hanlon

46 Sam Russell

7 Colm O’Leary

18 Daithi O’Reilly

10 Dave Mulcahy

38 Andrea Newport

55 Paul Twohig

69 Rob Holland

70 Sean Foley

73 Nigel Carole


Following on the success of last years swim we are delighted to announce the details of this years 2012  event.

Two points of note.

1. The insurance for this event will be covered by the RNLI and is therefore open to all who meet the criteria mentioned below.

2.The cost remains the same as last year. Just10.00.

The RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay (entrance to cork harbour) 2k open water sea swim takes place on Sunday 24th June at 10:30am.

This forms part of the national open water swim schedule and is a challenging 2k swim in open water conditions from Myrtleville Beach to Church Bay with majestic views of Roches Point lighthouse, the entrance to Cork Harbour and the odd oil tanker or navy vessel passing by. If on the day the safety officers deem the sea and or weather conditions not safe ; an alternative route from fort camden to the lifeboat station in Crosshaven will be considered.

You must have completed at least one 1500mts open water swim in 2011 and at least three open water swims in 2012 ; two of a min of 500mts and one of 1500mts.

Entry fee is €10.00 and is in aid of the Crosshaven R N L I  (LIFEBOAT).

All entrants will Register, sign a waiver and pay the entry fee between 9:30am and 10:00am on the beach in Myrtleville. Race brief and safety brief will take place at 10:00am.

Presentation of prizes will take place in lifeboat station at 12.00pm

All interested persons e-mail lynchcrosshaven@centra.ie as soon as possible as places will be limited.

Looking forward to seeing you on the day.

Bernard Lynch




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