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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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4th Annual Courtmacsherry Lifeboat swim

Write-up by Ray McArdle Blind Strand On Saturday, August 23rd at 4.00pm, 93 swimmers took to the water for the 4th annual Courtmacsherry Lifeboat swim.  53 of these completed the longer 3K swim with the other 40 completing 1.5K. The … Continue reading

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Páraic Casey Celebratory Event

On this Saturday, June 21st, we will hold our second annual summer solstice event at Sandycove to celebrate the life of our dear friend Páraic Casey. It will kick off around 12:30pm with a swim at 1:00pm for whoever wants … Continue reading

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The OW Season has begun!

Last night kicked off our open water season with our start of season dinner at Market Lane (huge thanks to Angela Harris for organising!). It was a great night for catching up with people that we haven’t seen all winter … Continue reading

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RNLI Courtmacsherry Open Water Swim 2013

RNLI Courtmacsherry Open Water Swim 2013 Write-up by Ray McArdle, Swim Organiser The third annual Courtmacsherry swim took place on September 28th outside Courtmacsherry hotel.  This was due to adverse weather conditions on Blind Strand. Swimmers before start The swim … Continue reading

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Loch Allua 2013

Loch Allua Swim, July 7th, 2013 Write-up by Diarmuid Herlihy, Swim Organiser The most successful Loch Allua Swim to date took place on the scenic lake on the River Lee on Sunday, July 7, in ideal weather conditions. The water … Continue reading

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Lee Swim 2013

Saturday marked the day for this year’s ‘Vibes and Scribes’ Lee Swim, one of Ireland’s biggest annual open water events. It was a beautiful day for the swim and there was a record entry of over 420 swimmers with 380 … Continue reading

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Páraic’s Celebratory Night

Last Friday night at Sandycove, a large group gathered to remember our dear friend Páraic Casey and celebrate his life and the life we shared with him. This will be an annual event at Sandycove on summer solstice. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate … Continue reading

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Upcoming Swims – Please Enter Early!

A number of our swim organisers have asked us to highlight the importance of entering swims as early as you can. Late entries mean that organisers do not know how many swimmers to cater for. This has implications in many … Continue reading

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Open Water Events Calendar 2013 – Get Signing Up!

Now that we’re into May, it’s time to get thinking about and signing up for your summer swims! There is a link to the calendar of events on the site here: https://sandycoveswimmers.com/calendar#MunsterOWCalendar. A big thank-you to Finbarr Hedderman for all of … Continue reading

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Páraic’s Picnic Table

Páraic Casey continues to be remembered, and his life celebrated in Sandycove. These words, Páraic’s words, are the same as those on his bench in Varne Ridge. After a lot of behind the scene negotiations, planning and work everything fell … Continue reading

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The Season Approaches…

We have been a little quiet on here lately – the horrible winter weather has been getting the better of us! But there is light at the end of the tunnel…the weather should be starting to get warmer soon and … Continue reading

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London-Bound!

Tomorrow a large group of Sandycove swimmers will be bound for London in time for Saturday’s Cold Water Swimming Championships at Tooting Bec Lido. The event is essentially an outdoor gala…in an unheated pool in snowy London! ‘Races’ include 30m … Continue reading

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Celebrating with Páraic – In Dover and France

After Páraic’s Channel Swim in July Páraic and Riana had planned to return to La Sirène, the restaurant on the beach at The Cap. Sadly this didn’t happen.  In an attempt to honour this wish and to remember the good … Continue reading

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