Vampire Swim – Saturday, October 26th at 2pm


The Vampire Swim will take place next Saturday at 14.00 in Myrtleville.   

Registration is via email to and there are hats for the first 50 registered.  No registration number, no swim.  The Donation for the swim is €5 for those who have given a blood donation and €10 for non-donors. 


Make an appointment at St. Finbarr’s and you’ll be prioritised over walk-ins.  

This year all funds raised will go to support Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre Program & Cork Lions Club.

Vampire Swim, Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Vampire Swim – Saturday 27th, 2018

The world’s largest, greatest and most superduperest (yes, it’s most bigly a word) Vampire Swim will take place next Saturday at 12.00 on the beach in Myrtleville. 

Registration is via email to and will be also on the day from 10.30-11.30.   No registration number, no swim.

The Safety Briefing is at 11.50 and must be attended by all swimmers.

Be there…if you dare.

Vampire Swim 2017 – 28th October @ 12.00

Update from Aisling Barry:

The forecast for Saturday is looking good with light West winds.  We have 58 people registered for the Vampire Swim and we have only ordered 100 hats.  If you’re not registered we cannot guarantee you a hat. Email to ensure you’re on the list.

Cost is €10 and all proceeds are going to the Children’s Unit in CUH.  

Vampire Swim, Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

To donate blood, ring the Blood Bank and make an appointment – details on  Thanks to everyone who has done this already.

Remember – swimmers need to register their names to   If you don’t register, you don’t get a hat.

Toes in the water at 12 midday on Saturday, 28th October.   There will be a few nibbles afterwards on the beach.  All are welcome – swimmers or not – but fancy dress expected!

Any questions contact Marie or Aisling on the email above.

Vampire Swim Party

Well done to Aisling Barry and Marie Watson for organising the Vampire Swim on Saturday and making a party day of it.  With 75 swimmers, over €1,000 was raised and lots of blood was donated. Looks like ours was the largest of the worldwide swims – is there nothing we can’t do? 🙂

Vampire Swim, Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland.

Vampire Swim: Myrtleville, Cork, Ireland: 31 October, 2015; 75 swimmers.

Fantastic efforts went in to the costumes and thanks to Katie Hill and Rob for their professional work on the makeup.  A great day and hopefully a new annual event.  It was a party to remember.




Organisers Aisling and Marie had, of course, to contend with the usual problems when you organise a children’s party – like people wanting to know if there was a party-bag if they swam and then thinking about it when they saw what was in the bag…

Open water, sea swimming in Cork, Ireland. Vampire Swim.

Jim Shalloo gives some thought to his party bag while Aisling and Marie wait patiently for him to decide if he’s swimming or not.

Others got totally overexcited and didn’t know what was happening – the poor fella on the right here was new to the sea and was gabbling about it being the biggest pool he ever saw and what were those white things on top of it and where were the black lines and could you tumble turn on that rock and and and…the Cashell sisters and Jim (with party bag secured) just humoured him.  It’s the best way with smallies when they’re wound up.


There was fantastic food for everyone and thanks to the Lowry family for the marquee etc. For some, getting their teeth into a hot dog was the main attraction.


For others, getting teeth into an Audrey was more attractive…looks like she doesn’t mind.



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As ever, thanks to Siobhan Russell for the great pictures. Well done to everyone.

Vampire Swim Details

Vampire Swim hat

The hats have arrived and 46 of the 50 available are now allocated.   If you’ve donated blood, be sure to let Aisling Barry know –  Also, if you want to register for one of the last four hats!   We will have other goodies on the day. €10 if you have donated blood – €15 otherwise. All money raised goes to CUH Children’s Ward.

The “swim” is at 12.00 on Saturday next, October 31st.  Fingers crossed for the weather.  It’s only a short dip anyway – or whatever you want to do.  Come in a Halloween costume if you want – lots of people will be.  It’s not compulsory, but welcomed!  There’s facepainting and food planned.  

Come on down…’ll be….fun……Mwahahahaahhaha 😦


There will be blood…

DSC_2364Well done to everyone who has donated blood so far, including the group above at the clinic in St. Finbarr’s Hospital yesterday.    You can arrange your own donation time: check the website .

The Vampire Swim will take place 31st October midday.  Those that have registered with Aisling Barry – – will get a Vampire Swim hat (50 available).

There’s really nothing to be afraid of – quite clearly, Marie Watson thought it was just the best crack ever. Go on – give blood!


Blood donation for vampire swim: Thursday

The official visit to the Blood Bank in St. Finbarr’s hospital is now taking place tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th at 4.00pm.

If you can make it, remember to bring your Myrtleville T-Shirt and/or Hat!  There’s bound to be a camera!

Please do try to get there and donate.

For any questions, Aisling Barry –

Obviously, if you can’t get there tomorrow and want to donate another time before the swim, just contact the Blood Bank.

Vampire Swim – get entered.

The Vampire Swim is going ahead in Myrtleville on October 31st at 12 midday.  Swim is a loose term – you can just dip your feet for a paddle if you want.  The goal is to encourage people to donate blood during this month.   If you donate blood, the entry fee is €10 – if not, you can still swim, but it’s €15.

Vampire Swim

Funds raised will be donated to the CUH Children’s Ward charity.

A group is being organised to donate blood on October 16th at the Blood Bank in St. Finbarr’s Hospital.  Contact Aisling Barry for details –  For info on giving blood, see

So, get ready to donate and register your entry with Aisling Barry.  There are very cool vampire swim hats for the first 50 registered entries.