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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July Events

As we are officially in summer months, there are plenty of upcoming swims to choose from, full list through to October on the calendar page, but here is a snipit of the July events. Remember to book your place if you know you want to swim, most events have  limits on entries.


Sat 8th July – Thomond Swim – 6.15pm – 1.8k – Website Entry Link

Thurs 13th July – Myrtleville Swim – 7.00pm – 2.0k – Active Link

Sat 15th July – Champion of Champions – 9.00am – 1/3/5miles – Active Link

Sun 16th July – Inchydoney Swim – 3.30pm – 500m/1k/2k – Primo Link

Sat 22nd July – Lee Swim – 3.30pm – 2.0k – Primo Link

Sat 29th July – Courtmacsherry Swim – 11.30am – 1.5 & 3.0k – Active link here

Sun 30th July – Union Hall Swim – 10.30am – 1k & 3k – Online Link




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Summer Solstice Swim – June 21st

Páraic Casey’s Summer Solstice Swim:

Wednesday 21st June @ 6pm, Sandycove Island

We’d like to invite you to remember and celebrate a very much loved and missed fellow Sandycove Island swimmer, and beloved husband of Riana Parsons.

His passion for swimming brought him to amazing places. We would like to celebrate his great achievements and passion for life, with a swim round the Island followed by some cake, which he often did too.

BBQ’d meat, buns and condiments will be provided, but if you want to bring some food to be BBQ’d yourself then please do (we will not have veggie/vegan/gluten free options – please bring these to be cooked if you wish, it’s not a bother).

All salads, cake and drinks (hot and cold) are welcome, so bring plenty!

TITW @ 6.30pm
Kind regards

Donna Galvin

Club Secretary

Sandycove Island Swimming Club

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Updated Calendar – V5

Hi All –

I am attaching the updated version of the Munster Swim Events Calendar for 2017.

Please note:

  • Most events have max limits, so may close entries before the date, do not wait until last minute to sign up, if you know you are going to a swim, or think you want to do a swim, then enter to have your place.
  • Most events do not allow sign ups on the day, waves/merchandise/logistics/food may have to be arranged before the day.
  • It takes a lot of behind he scenes admin/time/effort to put on Events, please respect the volunteers who give up time to do the best they can for an event, of which majority are run for some local charity.
  • If you find yourself unable to swim, your entry fee usually goes to the Charity, refunds are very rare.
  • If you can not swim an event (due to limits/illness etc), please ask the orgainser if they need volunteers on the day. There are MANY jobs to be covered on the day of a swim, please step forward, everyone has to start someone with learning the ropes of an event.
  • This year the calendar is looking great, many options, over many distances, from mid May to mid October, if you are thinking of putting on an event, let me know, between myself and Ned and a few other seasoned organisers, we will help guide you on what needs to be done. Its all about sharing the load.
  • And finally, remember to swim smart and swim safe, if in doubt, don’t swim.



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May – Swim Events Are Starting

May Madness – yes it’s here. Open Water Swim Events are starting 🙂

SAT 6th MAY – Darkness in Light Swim for Pieta House, 4:45am Myrtleville (See Full details HERE).

SUN 14th MAY – Bulman Swim, New date, Sunday 14th at 5.30pm. NO Sign ups on the day, all swimmers must have pre-registered online before Friday. You must be a member of a swim Ireland Club to swim in this event, full details are on Active HERE.

SAT 20th MAY – Dunmore East Swim, Co Waterford. 12:15 swim, 2 distances available. Full Details of the event and entry links are HERE.

So get signing up, commit and get acclimatizing, start with short swims to get used to the temps, and build up your tolerance and distances. DO NOT LET AN EVENT BE YOUR FIRST SWIM IN THE SEA THIS SEASON.   S A F E T Y   F I R S T.

See you in the sea 🙂 Embrace the fresh air.

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Darkness into Light Swim 2017


** For 2017 – you need to email your name that you will be there on 6th May **

  • and tell us your name please

To coincide with the Pieta House Darkness into Light Events, (See their page here) we are holding a Darkness into Light Swim at Myrtleville (as an alternative to the 100 runs being planned that morning!).

Meet by 4:40am & Swim at 5:00am on Sat 6th May (Civil Twilight is at 05:15, Sunrise is at 05:55).

Some Notes on the Swim:

Respect the time of day, arrive quietly, avoid shouting, slamming doors etc, common sense really, just be mindful of the sleeping residents.

  • There will be a donation Bucket for contributions to Pieta House.
  • Meet by 4:45am at the latest
  • Safety Briefing at 4:55am (and we will number everyone’s hands for check-in/check-out). Please report your number on way out.
  • TITW (Toes in the Water!) by 5:00am
  • Swim a Max of 30mins (for safety reasons, please adhere). Whatever your experience or speed, turn back after 10-15mins. 5mins is also an acceptable swim time.
  • DO NOT swim on your own, swim in 2s/3s, stick with your swim buddy so you can talk to them to check in with each other, don’t swim in huge groups, you’d be calling names all the time and your voices will travel over the water!. There will be less stop/starting with smaller groups.
  • We will meet at the bottom of the steps at 4:45, away from the houses to make sure we are all glowing.
  • As the colour of Pieta House is yellow, if you have a yellow hat, or a hat with yellow in it, wear it, it’ll be our nod to the Cause.
  • Remember it’s only May, expect the air to be cool at that hour. Have the layers of clothes ready for after the swim, and of course the Hot Flask for a cuppa!.
  • Bring a Flash light, you’d be surprised what you can’t find in the dark in the car!
  • After you get changed, and have your cuppa, and are wrapped up warm, enjoy the sunrise
  • Respect the time of day, get changed quietly, avoid shouting, slamming doors etc, common sense really, just be mindful of the sleeping residents.

As this is a night swim (to start), swimmers must have glow sticks on their hats and togs/wetsuits.

There is a link below to show you what the disposable single use glow sticks are like. These are an ideal alternative to the pricier reusable light (but that does have hundreds of hours light on it). It’s worth it to buy a batch of the snap&glow sticks if you will be doing more night swims over the next year or so!

There are cheap jewellery disposable versions in EuroGiant/Dealz etc, but these are not very bright out at sea and they tend to not stay in place too easily (they are not really made for sea swimming!). These should only be used as fun top-ups to the better stronger glow sticks. Plan ahead, do some research online, pair up with someone to share the costs of buying the glow sticks (share shipping costs etc).

Check these out on Amazon as an example of what you are looking for, for one time use, glow sticks.  There is also an Irish Website that sells them.

The reusable night lights for your goggle straps are Called ‘Guardian Adventure lights’ (they can be bought in Centra Crosshaven or CH Marine, Cork). If you want to buy them online, just Click!

Finally, I shouldn’t have to remind you, but as always, this swim is weather dependent 🙂

And Really this is a Finally, If anyone is willing to help out and stay on the beach while we swim and count us in/out, we’d love to have you, and also, anyone willing to kayak, we’d love to have you there too.. We’ll feed you coffee and cake (well, maybe not cake at 5am, but the offer stands!). email us 

Thanks, CAROL & ANGELA 🙂


Darkness into Light Swim 2015

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