Christmas Day Swim 2013

Siobhan Russell and Gary Frost were busy with cameras yesterday, with the usual huge crowd of charity and fun swimmers on the beach for Christmas.  Siobhan has loads of pictures on her Facebook page.  I’ve just taken a few for here…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Looks like a normal Myrtleville morning swim………..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Myrtleville – Christmas Day 2013. Now that’s a crowd.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Siobhan and Joleen Elf being detained by the men in uniform.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Pat and Brian’s daily swim was interrupted by hundreds of strangers…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Finbarr Hedderman joins in and pretends to think it’s cold so the others don’t feel bad. In reality, he’s rubbing his hands at the thought of getting a few hours done in the toasty warmth.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Siobhan has too many pictures to include them all, so here’s a completely random representative shot…which just happens to include two of my cousins.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Gary and Siobhan discuss their chosen fields…”Yes, stills are all very well, Siobhan, but I make MOOOVIES……”

And here is that latest mooovie….He’s getting better by the day.

 

Right, I’m off for my 08.15 St. Stephen’s Day swim now!  Owen O’Keeffe is coming  from Fermoy, so we’ll need an engine to keep up with him.

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Christmas Day Swim 2012

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 - view from the waterline

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 – view from the waterline

Huge crowds on the beach on Christmas morning, swimming for various charities or just for their own sanity.  More cars and people than on the busiest Summer’s day.  Obviously the health of open water swimming in Ireland is going from strength to strength.  Or maybe I’m reading too much into that….  Some swimmers lasted almost a minute in the water…..Thanks to Brian Barry for the pictures.

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 - spot the Munster player.....

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012 – spot the Munster player…..

Eamon Griffin, Brian Barry, Paul Barry, Kieran & Padraig O'Flynn: intrepid swimmers all

Eamon Griffin, Brian Barry, Paul Barry, Kieran & Padraig O’Flynn: intrepid swimmers all

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012: last few getting out

Myrtleville Christmas Swim 2012: last few getting out