Mike Harris Trophy

Every year, an award is given after the Sandycove Challenge to the person who people feel has contributed to the spirit and ethos of open water swimming at Sandycove that year.

(more details here: https://sandycoveswimmers.com/achievements/#MikeHarris)

The selection criteria may not just include swimming, but also other equally important swimming skills – culinary skills, amazing volunteering, endless kayaking or just being a friendly face and having a kind word for new swimmers…

If you feel you know of someone who merits this award in 2019 please drop an email to the Sandycove membership secretary at membershipsandycove@gmail.com by Wednesday next, September 25th. In your email, please include the reasons why you feel that this person deserves the award (the selection committee will use these reasons to help in their decision).

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2019 Open Water Calendar – March Edition

This is the 2019 Open Water Calendar, the March edition, there will be more as the organisers open the events for entries, and confirm start times etc. some events are just a date for now, with more details to follow. I’ll publish another edition in April (around Easter) with any updated info I get. Any links that are live are included in the below PDF, just click on the Pre Entry Link to sign up.

One important thing to note, most events have a max capacity for entries, so if you think you want to swim an event, enter it, write it in your diary, and if you can’t make it closer to time, please email the organiser to say you are not swimming, in case they are holding a wait list and your spot can be used.

Please do not pester organisers if an event is full and you didn’t enter, ask if there is a wait list, that’s probably the best that can be offered. So remember, enter, if you think you want to swim it.

After that rant!, if you are at a loose end over a weekend and there is a swim on, please send an email and offer to help, there are so many hands needed to pull these events off, to make them look slick and organised. Check in, counters in and out, kayakers, boat personal, drivers, bag drop, all these positions need to be manned, please try to offer to help at at least one event during the summer, there are over 25 on the calendar.

Best of luck for the 2019 sea swim season, Enjoy. Carol.

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Updated Links

Link for the 2019 SISC Swim Ireland Membership below –  (if a new member, please read the rules to join in the Joining the Club section)


Link to Order Club Gear:



Cowel Neck Tops, and Donna with the B&C Jacket. Thanks to Siobhan Russell for Photo at Sandycove Challenge in October.


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Turkey Swims 2018

It’s that time of year again, mark your Calendars for the Turkey Swim Dates 2018! 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! Wetsuit, Skins, Fins, all welcome!
This year we are trying something different, we have every swim on at 12:00noon (until last weekend), and apart from the first and last weekends with 2 swims, all other dates are Sundays on the weekend. We are trying to keep a pattern, 12noon Sunday is Turkey swm time, alternating Sandycove/Myrtelville (due to tides).
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 Cashell, Angela Harris or Dave Merriman).
** 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 (one4All Vouchers / wine / chocolates / selection boxes etc!). We had over 40 prizes last year.
** Excess money collected, and all money collected on the final weekend goes to RNLI.
** 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 Sunday 23rd Dec! (See the Facebook event for more info)
Have Fun and Enjoy 🙂
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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: LastMinute.com (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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