Bye bye, Monday – hello Turkey..

A great crowd of almost forty swimmers to send off the Mondays for 2014.  Fantastic to see that despite all of the camaraderie of the year, when it came right down to the end we were still as split as an old fashioned Céilí…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Girls on one side…..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Boys on d’udder side.

None of the Mondays would be the same without Siobhan’s photographs.  I’m sure her dedication and output of pictures is unmatched anywhere in the outdoor swimming world.  So, last picture from the Mondays has to have her in front of the lens.  Thanks, Siobhan.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Gary, Siobhan, Harry & canine colleagues.

Swim Safe.  Never swim alone – but do keep swimming!  It’s not cold in January.  Really.

Last Monday night of 2014 coming up..

It’s been a great year but the last Monday night is next week, the 20th.  This was some of the crew for the second last night..

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Second last Monday night of 2014.

This was where we started, on April 2nd.  Denis starting in togs.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Three from the first Monday of 2014.

The last Mondays of previous years haven’t been too well attended…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Last Monday of 2013 – just three swimmers – Tom McCarthy, Bernard Lynch & John Russell – with Denis Condon: 21/10/2013

Last Monday night Myrtleville swims: 22 October, 2012 : open water - sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Last Monday night Myrtleville swims: 22 October, 2012

So, let’s see what we get next Monday.  I’m missing it so I’m fed up already.

Last Monday night of 2013

Hard to believe it’s over for another year.  We had a huge increase in numbers for Myrtleville Mondays this year, but there was only a hard core left, on a bad night for the last one.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Last Monday of 2013 – just three swimmers – Tom McCarthy, Bernard Lynch & John Russell – with Denis Condon: 21/10/2013.

Anne Sheehy brought her camera and got a couple of pictures. I think she was using the Siobhan Russell Technique for rough days (“No, I’m not going in there – someone has to take the pictures…..on you go, the rest of you……and remember to smile for the camera…..”).

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Tom McCarthy braves the waves – 21/1o/2013.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

John Russell & Bernard Lynch – it does look a bit lumpy…21/10/2013.

See you all on Monday, March 31, 2014.  Only 160 Days to go 🙂

Myrtleville Mondays just keep on rolling.

After two great performances in The Lost Sheep at the weekend, Conor and Ronan were feeling invincible and went for the water in togs for a relaxing dip.  A few shivers afterwards though….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Ironmen – the McCarthy brothers throw off the wetsuits.

Still lots of groups going out all evening, although there’s definitely a clear split in this picture.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Suits on the left, togs on the right.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

The fourth separate group heading out on Monday – busy beach.

Siobhan is always stuck behind the camera, but just couldn’t take any more last night..

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

That’s enough pictures of Michelle – I’M getting in this one – Siobhan grabs her place.

The RNLI Myrtleville to Church Bay on Sept. 21st is next up – more details on this site over the coming week.