What January brings …. a farewell and a welcome back!


Mick and Jen are off on a new adventure

When Mick and Jen arrived on the swimming scene a few years back, little did we know they would be heading back to Oz years later, Jen as a channel swimmer, Mick, Derek, Niamh and Calen as open water swimmers! The Hurley family were a huge addition to the swimming group, always warm, friendly and generous, offering kayaks and kayaking cover for many many swims and food either via BBQ by the water afterwards or offering a feast at their home in Kilmichael.

On a personal note, Jen has been my swimming ‘buddy’ for years as we are similar age and pace…(except 2010 when she kicked my butt!!). Jen, thank you for getting me out training, in both pool and open water, on many the occasion when I would have rathered not! I will miss you greatly, races will not be the same!

Derek and Mick went from providing kayaking support for Glandore, Adam’s Island, Sherkin, Sandycove, Loch Allua (am sure there are more) to entering many of these swims this year. Niamh participated in a few this year too and Calen joined in the Turkey swims! What is most notable about the Hurleys is the way they support each other and their fellow swimmers. The Hurleys are not just a family, they are a team and a very successful one at that.

Though sad to see them go, this is an exciting time for them. Mick, Jen, on behalf of the Sandycove Island Swimming Club, I would like to wish you the very best of luck. I have no doubt you will be hugely successful in Perth. Keep in touch!

Sylvain Estadieu is back in Cork for a few days

Channel swimmer and Sandycove Island IM swimmer extraordanaire, Sylvain Estadieu is back from Sweden for a short visit this week before heading off to the Cold Water Championships in London. 

Welcome back Sylvain and look forward to seeing you soon!

There’s a few of us meeting up with Sylvain on Tuesday 11th Jan @ 8:30 at Tom Barrys Barrack Street. All are welcome!


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