Munster Listing – Open Water Events 2018

See link below to the 2018 Open Water Calendar for Events in Munster.

Organisers have sent on their top line detail of their event and I have put them all on one sheet to keep.

There may be updates throughout the summer, keep an eye on the Calendar page on the top menu.

Note – First swim is June this year, no events in May planned (water temps still too low). Drop a note to the organisers if you have a question, or most of them have Facebook Event pages sets up too, you’ll find more info there.



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ILDSA Annual Awards

The ILDSA (Irish Long Distance Swimming Association), held their annual awards last week. The association asks for nominations and then sets up an expert panel to mull over the submissions.

This year we had MANY Cork swimmers (Cork based, or Cork by association!), who were either nominated or winners or acknowledged on the day.

WELL DONE TO ALL SWIMMERS for making it on the list, as a nominee or winner, you were in great company with other swimmers around the country.

Here’s to a great season of Open Water Swimming in 2018.

List from the ILDSA is below:

  • Senior Best Newcomer Winner:  Brendan O’Brien
    Nominees: Donna Galvin, Lisa McDaniel, Elaine Burrows-Dillane
  • Best Organised Open Water Swim Winner:  Rebel Plunge  (Liam Maher, Paschal Horgan, Carol Cashell)
    Nominees: Lee Swim, Grand Dublin Swim, Tralee Bay Swim, Lough Gill
  • Munster Open Water Swimmer of the Year Winner:  Carol Cashell
    Nominees: Aidan O’Herlihy, Anthony Sloman, Carmel Collins, Elaine Burrows- Dillane, Maeve Ryan
  • Sheena Patterson Spirit of Open Water Swimming Winner:  Ned Denison
    Nominees: Audrey Joyce
  • Margaret Smith Award Winner:  Ned Denison
    Nominees: Fergal Somerville
  •  Best Open Water Swim Performance of the Year Winner:  Ion Lazarenco Tiron
    Nominees: Carmel Collins, Carol Cashell, Tralee Bay Masters EC Relay Team
  •  Male Swimmer of the Year Winner: Ion Lazarenco Tiron
    Nominees: Anthony Sloman, Christopher Judge, Ned Denison
  •  Female Swimmer of the Year Winner:  Carol Cashell
    Nominees: Carmel Collins, Maeve Ryan, Roisin Kelly

Commemorative Medals were also awarded for all solo and relay North and English Channel swims from 2017.

North Channel Solo Swim 2017Carmel Collins

English Channel Solo Swim 2017Carol Cashell and Nathan Timmins

English Channel Relay Teams 2017:

Two Way Relay: Myrtle Selkies – Laurence Courtney, John Kiely, Harry Casey, Ann Smyth, Brenda Sisk, Marie Watson

 One way Relay: (part of UK Team) – Audrey Burkley

Finally, a number of honour swimmers and contributors were inducted into the newly-formed Hall of Fame-Marathon Swimming Ireland.

Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland Inductees:  Lisa Cummins,  Eilis Burns

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Membership & AGM

For those of you asking, this is the link to the 2018 Sandycove Island Club membership.

Full rules (T&Cs) are in the Membership tab up top of page.


our Annual AGM is on Sunday 10th December at 1.30pm in the Trident Hotel, Kinsale. All members welcome.



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Turkey Swim Dates 2017

It’s that time of year again, mark your Calendars for the Turkey Swim Dates 2017! Times, Locations & 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, find a swim buddy and join in, no matter where the swim is on! The Sandycove times are based on tides and at Myrtleville we can swim on any tide so there is a mix of Morning/afternoon times to try and suit all people over both days of the weekend.  Wetsuit, Skins, Fins, all welcome!
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 – probably Carol, Angela or Eoin).
** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 23rd Dec at Fountainstown, 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.
** 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. Turning Up for Fresh Air and a chat also counts, sometimes that’s what we need.
** The Swimmers Turkey Series is a Social Event for Cork OW swimming in the Winter.
Remember to bring your Flasks for after the swims for hot drinks to help you warm up, Nibbles are always welcome too!, there is talk of some people bringing cake! ideal way to practice for the Great Turkey Bake Off on Sat 23rd Dec! (See the Facebook event for more info)
Have Fun and Enjoy 🙂
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Sandycove Island Challenge 2017 – Entries CLOSED


We are receiving a large number of enquiries about this Saturday’s Sandycove Island Challenge. Please see the above message from the organisers of the swim, Cork Masters. The swim is full, entries are closed, and no amount of begging or pleading or knowing the right person will get you in at this stage. You need to enter early for these events, a couple of days before is not the time to be thinking about signing up.

If you are already registered and you have questions about the swim please direct them to Cork Masters on their Facebook page.

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Final Few Events still to come

There are still some more events planned over the next few weeks, these have been listed on the calendar (Munster_Open_Water_Event_Calendar_V.9_September2017), but here is the quick links below:

Sat 9th Sept – Gouganne Barra – Cork – 2.5k/4k –  Entry LINK

Sun 10th Sept – Sean O’Sullivan Swim – Clare – 1.5k/3k/5k – Entry LINK

Sun 10th Sept – Blennerville to Fenit – Kerry – 3k/8k – Entry LINK

Sat 16th Sept – Sandycove Challenge – Cork – 1.8k – Entry LINK

Sat 30th Sept – Skerking to Baltimore – West Cork – 2k – Entry LINK

Sat 14th Oct – Spanish Island – West Cork

Sat 28th Oct – Vampire Swim – Myrtleville


By the Way, YES, there will be Turkey Swims on each of the weekends in November and December, start practicing your Baking!! 🙂 Dates to follow soon…






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Still more events to go

Following on from my July post on upcoming swims, I have updated the calendar with entry links to some of the swim that I may have not had before.


Open the Calendar link to check out all the details you need, but here is a snipit of some upcoming events in next few weeks:

Wed 9th Aug – 7pm – Deel Swim, Askeaton – 2.5k – Enter via email

Sat 12th Aug – 6pm – GADD Glengarrif – 1/3/5/7k – Enter via website HERE 

Sat 12th or 19th Aug – Kilkee Bay Swim, Clare – 4pm – 2.5k – TBC

Sun 20th Aug – Malbay Swim, Clare – 10.30am – 1+2k – Enter HERE

Sat 2nd Sept – Saltees, Wexford – 12noon – 4k – Enter HERE

Sat 2nd Sept – Ardgroom, West Cork – 2pm – 4k – Enter via UPDATED LINK 

Check out the calendar for the rest of Sept and Oct events, still more to come!.

PS – if you have an event you want added to the calendar, please email me and I’ll add it for next issue (done monthly), Thanks. 🙂



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