Notice of AGM

Sandycove Swimmers AGM is on Sunday 6th December at 2pm in Hamlets in Kinsale.

If you wish to put yourself forward for nomination for 2015-16 committee, please email Angela at


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November News..

Hi Everyone. You would have received a few emails over the last few weeks on things of note:

1 – Annual Membership is up for renewal, if you want to renew now, click on the membership page on the website (HERE). You need this membership for any pool galas you may enter over the winter months, and for some of the open water events next summer.

2 – Mallow Masters gala, Details are on their website (Here), a lovely casual event, ideal for first time masters, or seasoned campaigners who wish to check their competitive times early in the pool season :) If any Sandycove Swimmers are entering and wish to swim on relays on the day, please let Carol Cashell know asap.  (send in your own individual entries, club will look after the relays).

3 – Turkey Swims are back!, I posted earlier in October the schedule of the days/times. Re-read the post HERE. (note…. they start next weekend :) )

4 – Swim Safe. A reminder, to regular users and newbies, please take a moment to read the Swim safe section our website, us swimmers are using a public area, in OPEN WATER, conditions are changeable, temperature can change week to week, a mile is a LONG way round for many of us and especially for newbies of a lap. Do Not encourage first timers to just swim around on their own (you don’t know their ow background), swim safe, swim in numbers, swim with buddies, know your limits, more than anything else, use your common sense, do not put anyone else in danger with your wrong decision.

5 – Finally, huge well done to Aisling Barry for bringing the first Vampire Swim to Cork. With the help of Marie Watson, Denis Condon and John Kiely and many more, over 75 swimmers had a blast last Saturday, MANY swimmers were in costume, and there was plenty of laughs and giggles trying to figure out who people were! (we are adults really!). Thanks to all involved, such a great idea (to promote blood donation) and the swim fees collected on the day went to the CUH Children’s ward. A fantastic €1000 has been raised. Read Damians witty post on MyrtlevilleSwimmers .

Vampire Swim at Myrtleville on Sat 31st Oct.

Vampire Swim at Myrtleville on Sat 31st Oct.

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Vampire Swim – Saturday 31st October

For the first time the Vampire Swim is coming to Cork, thanks to Aisling Barry, the Vampire Swim is going ahead in Myrtleville on Saturday 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 logo

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

To Enter and get a cool swim hat (for the first 50 people that pre-enter and do swim on the day) email Aisling Barry for details –  For info on giving blood, see book your time and date or check the FAQ if unsure of anything.

It’s a great idea and a worldwide event, glad Cork is doing their bit. Thanks Aisling!

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Turkey Swims 2015 – they’re back :)

It’s that time of year again, mark your Calendars for the Turkey Swim Dates 2015! Details & Dates below…

Remember this is open to everyone who swims regularly in the Sea, no matter where they normally swim! This is not exclusive to any club or group of swimmers, If you want to swim on a date, come along and join in, no matter where the swim is on! The Sandycove times are based on tides and are the same as the Sandycove swim calendar. At Myrtleville we can swim on any tide so there is a mix of Morning/afternoon times to try and suit all people days. There is a swim on every weekend to give people options. Tradition continues with first and last Swim in Sandycove, it’s where this all started many years ago, we’ve just expanded it to every weekend now.
How the ‘Turkey Swims’ work:
** Swimmers Sign In and pay €2 on the day of Swim. (someone will have a money box and signIn sheet).
** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 19th/20th Dec at both locations, These include Butcher Vouchers (instead of an actual Turkey) and many other spot prizes (The Edge Vouchers / wine / chocolates / selection boxes etc!). We had over 30 prizes last year.
** Don’t Forget to Pay and Sign In, if you don’t you are not in the draw!
** Make however many swims you can, 1 – 10.
** The more you swim, the more times you are entered for the ‘draw’.
** A Swim Dosn’t have to be a full lap of Sandycove, or 30mins, no min/max time or distance, turn up and do what you feel comfortable with on the day. Togs or Wetsuit, up to you, swim safe, stay warm, swim with similar speed buddies.
** The Swimmers Turkey Series is a Social Event for Cork OW swimming in the Winter. Remember to bring your Flasks for after the swims, Nibbles are always welcome too!, there is talk of some people bringing cake! Have Fun and Enjoy :)
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Sandycove Island Challenge 2015

Check out the Cork Masters Website for results and photos from the 2015 Sandycove Island Challenge.

Thanks to all involved in keeping the Event in tip top shape!

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Roches Point to Ballycotton – Historical Revision


You Gotta Love the Banter for the ‘city folk’….. :)

Originally posted on Myrtleville Swimmers:

It’s with great disappointment that we have to announce that Liam Maher’s swim from Sunday must be stricken from the record books.  Following an objection from Bernard Lynch unnamed parties of blatant drafting, the Committee For The Consideration Of Spurious Complaints And Investigation Of Potentially Underhand Matters In Open Water Swimming (CFTCOSCAIOPUMIOWS) has ruled that the evidence favours the removal of Mr. Maher’s name from the roll of honour for this swim.

The committee ruling was supported by the following photographic evidence:

Liam arriving at the start of the swim. Just look at him - you'd know he was up to something. Liam arriving at the start of the swim. Just look at him – you’d know he was up to something.

Experienced swim observers, witnessing the Maher arrival, were unimpressed. They could tell.... Experienced swim observers, witnessing the Maher arrival, were unimpressed. They could tell….

Liam had been honest about his lack of training during the Summer and the fact that the distance was daunting.  As the swim began, his strategy took shape.

"Clung to me, he was. Feckin' clung to me." an unnamed party was quoted as saying. Liam, tow rope in place.  “Clung to me, he…

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Nominations needed for Mike Harris Trophy

Nominations are now open, looking for the next recipient of the Mike Harris Trophy.

Details, and list of previous winners, of what this super trophy is all about is on the website, see the achievements tab at top of page (or click here)

Please email before 11th Sept with your nomination and brief explanation of why you chose the person.


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