RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay entry limit

A maximum of 300 entries are going to be accepted for the swim on July 3rd. 

We are currently heading past 200 (lots of people were busy at the weekend ūüôā ) so while there’s still space, it will disappear as the weather improves.¬† If you’re planning to swim – enter early.

Entries online via Active only.  Enter here.

We can’t promise there will be dolphins that evening, but they’re available as training partners in Myrtleville at the moment – as caught by Siobhan Russell yesterday.

The Myrtleville Showers barbershop quartet, led by Antoinette “Madonna” Wilson will also be performing on the evening.¬† Not to be missed.

Get entered if you don’t want to miss out.


Munster Open Water Calendar – April update

Latest updates, thanks to Carol Cashell:


Don’t forget to enter for July 3rd, on Active now.

RNLI Swim – Going One Step Beyond

This year is going to be bigger and better than ever.¬† If you’re going to be ready, get entered now on Active.¬†

I can Absolutely say¬†that we’re going One Step Beyond this year, with our evening swim at 7.¬† Despite The Rise and Fall of the tide and The Madness of cold water swimming, we Keep Moving with our Wonderful event.¬† Oui, Oui, Si, Si, Ja, Ja, Da, Da¬†it is true – the other swims just Can’t Touch Us Now. We may be Mad (or) Not Mad but Myrtleville is definitely the place to be on July 3rd.¬† Get your qualifying swims done – we don’t want any of The Dangermen taking a chance.¬† As ever, there will be fun and spot prizes – but I don’t think we’ll be able to offer The Liberty of Norton Folgate¬†as one of them.

I know, I’m really reaching with that last line, but seriously – you try to fit that into any ordinary sentence.¬† It was hard enough to put in the other 11 albums.

With almost 40 years of thanks to Mike, Suggs, Lee, Mark, Chas, Woodie, Chris and Рof course РPrince Buster.  http://www.madness.co.uk/

De Video – 2017

If I’m asked – and I often am – why so many people have taken to swimming in Myrtleville I say, “Siobhan Russell”.¬† In this digital age, having an in-beach photographer who captures the fun of sea swimming is fantastic.¬† People trying to decide if they should take the plunge and try getting in to the sea can browse online and clearly see others who may look a bit mad (we do), but who definitely are having fun.¬† Siobhan captures that and it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to have her.

Here’s this year’s labour of love showing us all in all our glory!¬† Have a coffee and a relax.¬† It’s worth it.¬† ¬†Thanks, Siobhan.¬† You are a star.

Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim, July 29th

From Ray “The Lovely” McArdle (don’t ask – he insists ūüôā )

The 7th Annual Courtmacsherry Lifeboat Swim takes place at Blind Strand, near the picturesque fishing village of Courtmacsherry at noon on Saturday, July 29th. Courtmacsherry is a 45 minute drive from the Bandon Road roundabout.  The swim will be well sign posted from the village.  Please leave plenty of time for parking and registration. The safety briefing will take place at 11.15am.

The swim course starts on the beach at Blind Strand and proceeds anti-clockwise around 2 markers. 

Participants can choose between 1 lap (1.5K) or 2 laps(3K). Swimmers who elect to do 2 laps will run/walk a short distance on the beach prior to starting lap 2. 

The Courtmacsherry volunteers will provide soup and sandwiches for all participants and volunteers.  This year I’m delighted that IT@Cork Skillnet will once again be our main sponsor, providing the first 150 swimmers registered with a generous goody bag.  Really nice gifts inside each one.

Registration this year is again via Active. Click here to enter.

Registration closes on Thursday, July 27th.¬† Entry fee is ‚ā¨15 online.¬† If the event maximum of 150 swimmers is not met, I will accept some entries on the day.¬† On the day fee will be ‚ā¨25 and all proceeds go to the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat.¬† Swim Ireland membership is not mandatory for this swim.¬†

If you know of anyone who would like to volunteer to kayak, please have them contact me directly.

Any further updates will be posted on the event web page and emailed to those registered.

I look forward to seeing you for a fun swim on July 29th.

Ray “The Lovely” McArdle (I’m telling ya – he insists).