Hot Hat

Much as it likes the cold, The Hat took a quick trip to the sun to support Eoin Lowry in the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Triathlon today. Nice one, Eoin.

By the way Eoin, your quick application to have today’s swim approved as your qualifier for the Myrtleville – Church Bay swim on June 10 was rejected by the applications committee. Too hot, boy, too hot.

The Norseman cometh

Or was it The Iceman cometh?  Either way, James Slowey cometh back from the Norseman xTreme Triathlon and was down for his first swim this morning.

Norseman xtreme triathlon

Return of the Norseman, complete with two important Hats.

He not only had his race hat, no. 188, he had the all-important black t-shirt for those who finished at the top of the mountain.  Suits him!

Black T front

He’ll be signing autographs at the RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay swim on Saturday – even better reason to get entered:  RNLI Myrtleville-Church Bay swim 2015 entry form .

Crosshaven Challenge Triathlon 2014

Another fantastic event, with great performances all round.  I’m just gathering together the links from Facebook and elsewhere here in one post as a few people have asked.  I’ve put all the photos from Siobhan Russell on Google+ so they’re accessible to all outside of Facebook.

This year in particular, saw lots of “next generations” entered, with various Sloweys, Shalloos, Lynchs, Lowrys etc on show.  All look like massive improvements on the older editions.  I know there are others, so apologies I can’t get them all in!

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A great addition to the event was this video taken by Drone. Well done to Nomah (Age 13).

Finally, the full results are available here.  Well done to the organisers, sponsors and participants.  Centra – Brightens up your Day 🙂

Local Triathlon entries

The always popular Crosshaven Challenge Triathlon on September 20th has opened for entries.  It fills quickly, so get entered on the new look website here.

Also around the harbour, TriMonkstown takes place on Saturday, June 21.  Some places are still available for this great charity event.  Details here.

The Poem

By popular demand and with thanks RMcK Poetry Productions (all rights reserved)…..

When Shivers asked me to speak
I thought I’d write a poem
So I hope you all remember Emily Dickinson from your Leaving Cert
Because her poems were a bit odd!

My name is Rosaleen
And I’m from B’town
I always wee in my wetsuit
And I refuse to swim at dawn

But now enough about me
Let’s discuss the rest of them
Who are at their happiest
Swimming out to the Dutchman

Afterwards, there’s always banter
And sometimes a fuss
If Mrs Gossip Smyth, has brought
Yes, you’ve guessed it, Dunnsey-Nuts!

Caroline wasn’t sure when asked
She didn’t know how many of us
Someone called the Lifeboat for Bonnie
Excuse my French, twas Fucking Ridiculous!

Mrs V doesn’t like seals
Miss O’Connor used to be nervous
And as for Tara swimming in winter
May the Lord preserve us!

Our Ruth was the new girl
From yonder in Monkstown
If you need frothy milk on the beach
This lady won’t let you down!

The swims I do most often
Bryan calls the Friday Club
It’s all about the swimming I swear
And not about the River’s End grub!

Our poor children barely notice
But the teachers and other kids must
When Michelle, Mrs V, Siobhan and I
Do the Friday school run in wetsuits and Uggs!

Our Bryan’s often away
Off foreign in Afghanistan
Those O’Connells will really do anything
To ensure a winter tan!

Then there’s our other boys
Bendy, Tim, Harry, Landy, Buzz & Sean
Don’t know why I’m suddenly
Thinking of our Siobhan?

Speaking of whom
We’re so lucky with our team photographer
If only we looked more glamorous
On exiting the water

As some of us are Triathletes
We need to mention riding
And cycling too I suppose
Though we mustn’t tell Fiona how fast Sean cycles down that Strava hill!

Crosser Tri must be mentioned
For this poem to be complete
Fair play to Bernard & Suzie
It’s a pleasure to compete

Well maybe not for one girl
Who hurled her way through the run
Far too competitive you see
Sara, it’s supposed to be fun!

Gary arranged to swim at sunrise
He was so worried about 40’s tedium
What better way to swim when old
Than being held up by helium?

I know it was in Kerry
But it has to be brought up
“Beat the wives” Sean and Bendy called the team
Oh well lads, hard luck!

Thanks also to Joleen
Who sorted all the graphics
We had two Facebook events
Poor Venn was expecting traffic!

Now here’s my rhyming challenge
I haven’t mentioned Mrs G or Sportacus
Nor the tall tall blondes,

And finally the die-hards
Who definitely keep logs
And won’t be seen in wetsuits
Cos they’re total rides in togs!

Bernard, Damian and Carol swam 24k
Most can’t even run that far
Good thinking by Michelle
Who lashed on the lights in her car

It’s almost time
To bring this to an end
But I do need to say
I’m proud to call you all my friends

So that’s the end of my little rhyme
And in case you’d forgotten about Miss Dickinson
Good night!

Myrtleville-Church Bay Swim & Crosshaven Triathlon: presentation of funds raised

Great to see the fantastic results of the Myrtleville to Church Bay swim, which raised €1,197 for the RNLI and the Crosshaven Triathlon, which raised €10,000 for local causes.

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Bernard Lynch, Kate Heslin and Conor Middleton of Lynchs Centra Crosshaven seen presenting a cheque for 1197 euro to Alan Barton and Barry Woods of the Crosshaven RNLI following the recent RNLI Open Water 2k swim in Myrtleville. Picture: Howard Crowdy.

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland. Triathlon, Crosshaven.

Cheques presented to representatives from the Crosshaven Rugby Club, Development Association, Boys School, First Response and Walkway Lighting project following the recent Centra Crosshaven triathlon challenge. Picture: Howard Crowdy.

Well done to everyone who participated in and supported both events.

Crosshaven Triathlon results & pictures

A fantastic day on Saturday for the 11th Crosshaven Tri.  Great buzz around the town and everyone gave their best.

Interactive results are here on Sports Timing.

Results here in a pdf for download.  Crosshaven Tri 2013 Results

Siobhan Russell’s fantastic pictures are online here.  If anyone wants a print of any of these, email her on

Dawn to Dusk – the sea is open

Bernard Lynch took this lovely shot on Tuesday morning, down for an early swim.

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Myrtleville at dawn – September 3, 2013.

Fourteen hours later, Siobhan Russell got this picture of her group after their swim.  Moray and Clodagh are in Crosshaven Tri for the first time this weekend and training hard for it.

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Dave & Siobhan Russell, Niamh O’Connor, Moray Russel and Clodagh Monks. 8pm, September 3, 2013.

The beach is open all day and in use all the time.  Just great to see 🙂

Myrtleville Monday

It is just fantastic to see the crowds swimming in Myrtleville, with over seventy swimmers in the water last night at various stages.  Carol Cashell was down after her pioneering Bere Island swim on Saturday (followed by Spike Island to Cobh on Sunday and she’s off to the pool this morning: “Slow down, Tommy (or Carol), Slow down!”).

Bernard Lynch and Damian O’Neill benefitted from Carol’s help in their marathon swims last week and presented her with some small tokens of appreciation.

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Presentation to our hero – champagne, chocolates and flowers for Carol.

The picture above looks very respectable, but things weren’t quite so nice earlier when poor Eleanor asked for some of the choccies based on all her hard work……

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They’re all MINE and you’re not getting ANY!! (I told you she was MEAN).

Rebeca Power was back after a few weeks away and James Slowey took time off the bike after his Haute Route adventures to get used to the water again.

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Rebeca Power, Niall O’Herlihy & James Slowey.

Carol eventually agreed to share, so the sisters were friends again….

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Carol, Eleanor and someone who heard about Carol’s doggy paddling….

Siobhan Russell did a great job getting various groups together and managed to organise one large gang before they went in….

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Some of the Myrtleville swimmers on Monday night.

Michelle Glossop Smyth was giving tips on swimming in Myrtleville – she’s had lots of practice all Summer.

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Pat Dunphy, Joe Healy & Michelle Glossop Smyth

Two more Myrtleville regulars finishing their swims.

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Steve McCarthy with Niamh O’Connor.

Cyril Walsh gave some much-appreciated kayaking support for the practice swim for Crosshaven Tri last Saturday and was down for some training himself tonight with his wife, Barbara Anne.

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Barbara Anne Richardson & Cyril Walsh.

There’s a fantastic buzz around Myrtleville this Summer and it’s not over yet.  Next up is Crosshaven Tri on Saturday, September 7th and – weather permitting – our own Myrtleville to Church Bay swim on the evening of September 21st.  Keep swimming 🙂

Lots more great pictures from Siobhan Russell online here.

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.

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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 🙂

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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.