Annual Night Swim: Year Two

45 swimmers took to the water last night in a 13.7c sea for what is now¬†an annual event – because it’s so much fun ūüôā ¬†Those who missed it (moi, par example) will just have to suck it up and look forward to next year. ¬†I think it’s worth noting that 45 swimmers would be peak time numbers ¬†for a Summer’s day in lots of swim locations. ¬†We get that many for a night swim in October. ¬†Myrtleville really is – to paraphrase Enda – The Best Small Beach In The World To Go Swimming.

Strange things happen in the dark, of course. ¬†People begin to commune with nature or seek to communicate with other worlds. ¬†I think the phrase Ruth is looking for below is “Nanu, Nanu”.

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As always, nothing works without volunteers. ¬†Carol and Yvette were in charge of the guest list and – as you’d expect¬†at such a high-profile social event¬†– there were people turning up arguing they should be on it etc. etc. ¬†Ah, Breda….

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Overall though, it was just smiles all the way.  Well done to everyone.

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Night swimming

The last few years have seen at least one night swim for small groups of four or five at the most.¬† Last night was the first large scale night swim and one that will likely become an annual event, as everyone loved it.¬† It’s a sign of how popular swimming in Myrtleville has become when you can assemble 31 swimmers – in the dark,¬†lit up¬†like Christmas.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Assembled group at 10pm last night – amazing some concerned local citizen didn’t call it in. Dubious beach activity.

I can never remember all the names of the teletubbies.  Always a good quiz question.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Twinky Winky, Dipsy and Laa Laa?

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

No swim event is complete with a briefing from Bernard or Ned Рand lots of party hats.

Why bother?  Fun Рand to see this Рphosphoresence is beautiful!

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Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Honestly – look at the smiles: you can’t beat sea swimming. A legal high.

Of course phosphorescence is well know to stimulate uncontrollable cake cravings.  It was fortunate many swimmers had prepared in advance.  No shortage of cakes!

The fire was a great idea Рnice focal point on the beach.

For those of us who missed it (insert sad face….mine) – roll on next year.¬† There are lots more pictures on Siobhan Russell’s Facebook page.

I have to say Рno smart comments from me this time Рoccasions like this are what swimming in Myrtleville is all about.

Night Swimming

Leaving no stone unturned in his preparations for his Channel Relay next week, Tom McCarthy was swimming at night with Bernard Lynch.¬† Some poor unsuspecting young couple on the beach¬†had their plans interrupted when Tom materialised from the dark and¬†insisted they take this picture for posterity.¬† I hope the two young ones are still together and the trauma didn’t break them up…

Night swimming on Myrtleville Beach

Night swimming on Myrtleville Beach