Carrigdhoun feature.

I don’t know if this is going to be a monthly report and I hope Siobhan Russell is getting some cash for it!  Great spread of pictures.  Well done, Siobhan 🙂

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Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Carrighdoun – 15 April, 2015.

Doesn’t Finbarr look so happy since he became a Myrtlevillian?  And Breda – she’ll be getting phone calls from all the swim outlets to be their togs model for the new suit. Tom and Pat were on the beach on their own for years – they look like happy bunnies now with the company. We’ll be swamped with new swimmers.  “The place to be.”, F. Hedderman (Quote edited to delete expletives).

Bunny Swims 2015

The inaugural year for Bunny Swims seemed to catch the attention of the easily-distracted group in Myrtleville.  Not too sure about further West, though.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Started early – got worse. Friday morning.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Some of the Saturday morning crowd.

As with all events, there were sub-plots and by-lines all over the weekend.  There was Claire Canning getting back into the water on Sunday….

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

OK, you made me go in here, but there is NO WAY I’m putting my head in or swimming. So there. Claire Ní Channain folds her arms and puts her foot down. But not her face.

Claire was generous enough to loan her dressing gown to an elderly kayaker after the swim, though.  She thought he looked cold, but I’d say the red flushes were more being hot and bothered by the bunnies really…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Mike Hefner and supporters.

Poor old Tom and Pat came down for their daily swim – to be accosted by bunnies.  They don’t seem to have minded, though.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

These poor men were minding their own business as they do every morning and then……

So, having added an extra swim on Sunday morning, it was on to Sandycove for the evening.  I wasn’t there, but you’d have to say the pictures seem to show a level of bemusement as the Myrtlevillian hordes descended for their fourth Bunny Swim of the weekend.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

On one side of the road we had….Yeah, I haven’t taken mine off since Friday.

On the other side of the road…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

What in the name of God is going on here, Tadhg? Why is there a plague of rabbits over there? Don’t they know this is the world famous, serious Sandycove Island?

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Look, I’m sorry – says Angela – it all seemed like a good idea until that Myrtleville crowd got involved.

And so we had two – very separate – groups.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Serious Sandycove Swimmers.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

……and the other lot. With Mike Harris in his element and Angela getting dragged into it – like it or not!

It really was a long weekend.  By Monday, it was just too much for some young people and a nap was needed.