Swim times for April & May

Planned swim times for Myrtleville Beach. These are the times most likely that a group will assemble. Email myrtlevilleswimmers@gmail.com if you’re interested any day.  Or tweet @MyrtlevilleS.

These times can vary and are weather dependent, so definitely check in advance if you’re coming on your own.  Swim at your own risk. Don’t swim alone. Always swim in groups.

  • Monday: 18:00
  • Tuesday: 06:15
  • Friday: 06:15
  • Saturday: 08:15

Always remember – swim safe.  Good information here for anyone swimming in Myrtleville.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Swim at your own risk.

Blackwater Tri OW swim session

Blackwater Tri club organised a swim yesterday morning at Myrtleville and – fair dues to them – put safety first and had kayak cover in place.  Great to see so many people swimming from the beach and doing it safely.

Not a great picture – into the sun on a phone….some who swam were Eoin Broderick , Nigel Carroll, Fiona Foley, Jim Mullins, Martin Buckley, Stephanie Marie Mendel and Adam Blaiklock.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Some of the swimmers for Blackwater Tri Club’s organised training swim – with kayak support.

On Saturday, the club had a fantastic first place in the Musgrave Triathlon, with James Slowey concentrating on the bike this time out.  Need to get back into the water, James…..and get a haircut 🙂

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Blackwater Tri team – winners of Musgrave Triathlon, with Myrtleville regular, James Slowey – the hairy biker, Joe Scanlon was the swimmer and Nigel Carroll the runner.

East Wind 1 Swimmers 0

When the weather goes against us, there’s nothing to do but shrug.  Tom McCarthy correctly predicted the miserable conditions this morning – even getting to the Dutchman would have been difficult.  Church Bay was out of the question.  Some people, however, just can’t be told……

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Can’t let it go – still touting for entries when all is lost – some people…..

Fortunately, we were able to warn in advance but Ruairi and Rosie Higgins had already flown from the UK.  At least they were able to see Ruairi’s dad, Pat, back in action with the year-round Myrtleville swimmers.  Great to see him recovered from his accident.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Pat Higgins, Brian O’Regan, Ruairi Higgins, Rosie Higgins & Tom Bermingham

Caroline Treacy turned up to enter on the day, but had to settle for a swim with Tom McCarthy in the lumpy waves off the beach.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Tom McCarthy & Caroline Treacy braving the Easterly wind

Eoin O’Riordan also planned to enter on the day and still turned up despite getting four separate emails from different sources letting him know it was cancelled.  Good to know the communications systems were working!  Carol Cashell has hardly been swimming at all lately (3rd lady home Manhattan Island Marathon; winner in Martin Duggan Memorial Swim on Friday night) so she also just had to get a swim in.  Bernard lives at the beach so he was always going to go in….

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Sure it’s a lovely day for a swim…..Carol Cashell, Eoin O’Riordan & Bernard Lynch before testing the waters

Even that vastly experienced group were happy to turn at Fennell’s Bay.  Church Bay just wasn’t on the cards today.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Not doing justice to how rough it was – Church Bay, June 16, 2013

We will have to look carefully at the OW Calendar and pick a day with suitable tides.  Hopefully that will be selected next week.  Thanks to everyone who entered.  Next time, fingers crossed.

Myrtleville Monday – June 3, 2013

Siobhan Russell captured all the action on a very crowded beach on the Bank Holiday. The regular swimmers had to share the beach with huge crowd of sun worshippers.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

“A” Team – Alan and Anthony – no, not sure what he’s doing….

Tom McCarthy was on hand to give excellent advice on where to swim safely, as ever.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Tom McCarthy points the way.

Huge range of large and small craft on the water this evening.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Cruisers and Clunkers – view from the beach.

Lots of Triathletes in the water regularly now.  Also many swimmers working towards various Open Water swim races.  A reminder that there is a great range to choose from so get entering from the list here.  One to note is the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim in Fermoy on Friday evening, June 14 .  That will be a beautiful swim.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Getting ready to go.

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Race to the Rock..

See all of the pictures from the evening and weekend here – provided by Siobhan Russell.


Myrtleville is fast becoming one of the most popular swim locations for open water sea swimmers, triathletes and casual swimmers in Ireland.  It’s easy to see why, with a fantastic array of swims for all levels which can be completed safely in a beautiful location.  Safely, is the key word.  On this point, here are a few important observations and some feedback from very experienced seamen like Cpt Tom McCarthy, who regularly swims in Myrtleville:

On a swim to the Dutchman Rocks and back, it is much safer to swim in a direct line from the beach to the rock (parallel to shore) or towards Fennell’s Bay and on to the rock (weather permitting), than swimming out to sea and then heading back in to the rock.

Two main reasons.

1.            Out past the line of the Rock, pleasure craft and smaller commercial vessels regularly use this space and you probably will not be visible to them.  They will not expect to encounter swimmers that far out and may not be watching.   There is no good reason for swimmers to be 300mts to 500mts offshore in Myrtleville.

2.            The likelihood of not being able to deal with the unexpected – i.e. currents which can be strong, cramp, cold –  is much more likely at these distances offshore.

Last week the skipper of a small local trawler had a near miss with two swimmers approx 350 mts offshore in Myrtleville.  He did not see them until very late and was lucky to do so. He got an unpleasant fright, but it could have been a very serious accident.

Tom McCarthy observes:  “I would say that getting hit by a boat is the greatest danger that an open water swimmer can face. We have heard many stories in recent days of near misses. One of the primary rules of the sea is to maintain a proper lookout by both sight and sound. Alas, all too often a proper lookout is not maintained.  Added to this is the poor “target” that a swimmer gives to others, with only part of the head and arms showing. This then can also be hidden by even a small wave. High visibility swim cap and especially towing an inflatable buoy give a far better chance of being sighted. Worn properly, these will not interfere with your swimming in any way. It is also a duty of the swimmer to be aware of the other activity going on around and wearing ear plugs will diminish your ability to hear an oncoming boat. Keep a good lookout yourself.”

Open water sea swimming in Cork, Ireland

Swimmers & Boats at Myrtleville – stay closer to shore for safety.

With suitable weather conditions, Myrtleville provides great swimming options, ranging from a paddle to 8km swims.  Just remember that you are sharing the open water with a variety of boats and they may not be watching for you – especially if you are too far offshore and outside the line between the Dutchman and Bunny Connellan.

Know your limits –  stay safe, swim safe.

Bernard Lynch

Cpt. Tom McCarthy

Damian O’Neill