UPDATED – “HO HO HO it’s CHRISSSMAS” – 2017 Festive Swims + Dips

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Christmas Swims 2017

It’s time to dust off those Santa hats, shake up the Mistletoe and don the Festive Swim Suits as all over Ireland folks will be getting In the Swim to raise money for worthy causes… There’s bound to be a dip near you!

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Co Antrim

Portrush Santa Splash – 17th December 2017 – Arcadia Portrush
1.30pm

UPDATE – Photos of 2017 Santa Splash Below

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Co Down

Donaghadee – Chunky Dunkers – 12 swims of Christmas

A fun bunch who meet for daily dips

https://www.facebook.com/groups/319941478354115/permalink/486344695047125/

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Crawfordsburn Beach – Dare to Dip for Cancer Focus N.I. – New Year’s Day 11am
Every dipper will receive a free Cancer Focus NI t-shirt and hot drink after their swim.Fancy dress is encouraged- there will be a prize for the best outfit!

For more information call 028 9068 0788 or email challenge@cancerfocusni.org https://www.facebook.com/events/1677339799008125/

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Co Cork

Turkey Swims

https://myrtlevilleswimmers.com/category/events/

Sunday 26th November Sandycove 10am

Saturday 2nd December Sandycove 3pm

Sunday 10th December Sandycove 11am

Saturday 16th December Myrtleville 11am

Saturday 23rd December Fountainstown 10.30am

How the ‘Turkey Swims’ work:

** Swimmers Sign In and pay €2 on the day of Swim. (someone will have a money box and sign-in sheet – probably Carol, Angela or Eoin).

** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 23rd Dec at Fountainstown.

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

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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 sign-in sheet – probably Carol, Angela or Eoin).

** Money Collected goes towards Prizes drawn on 23rd Dec at Fountainstown,

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Co Wexford

Carne Beach, Wexford – St.Stephen’s Day Swim – 26th December 12pm

In aid of Our Ladies Island N.S – Donations welcome on the day & sponsorship cards available from the school Tel: (053) 913 1113

Funds raised will go towards new playground equipment and painting the school.

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Polar Bear Plunge – Ireland and N. Ireland Venues

Special Olympics Ireland is a sports organisation for people with an intellectual disability, but we also provide our athletes with far more than the physical benefits of sport.

By taking part in a fundraising event like the Polar Plunge, you are changing lives.

Polar Plunge is one of our biggest fundraising events of the year thanks to the hundreds of plungers who take to the water across the country.

Registration fee is €20 and we ask that you fundraise an extra €50 to help support the programme and our athletes.

By fundraising for Special Olympics Ireland you are helping to change the lives of thousands of athletes all over Ireland.

 

 

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Co Monaghan

Hollywood Lake – Near Scotstown – 24th December 2017

Mucking Triathlon Club

Christmas Eve Charity Swim in Aid of – Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust

https://www.facebook.com/MucknoTriathlonClub/

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Photographs of Santa Splash 2017 in Aid of Aware NI – Portrush.

 

©Paul McCambridge/MAC Visual Media
Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

Santa Splash in Aid of Aware NI

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Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

The Wilson Family enjoying the festive splash

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Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

The maestro of Santa Splash Stephen McConnell

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Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

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Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

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Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

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Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

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Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

©Paul McCambridge/MAC Visual Media
Santa Splash 2017, Portrush.

 

 

 

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Mussels on Johnnie Walker… July 2015 Co Wexford

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Words by Maureen McCoy

Photography by Paul McCambridge / MAC Visual Media

Along a stony beach in the sunny south-east I was absentmindedly combing the area for interesting pebbles and shells. The gentle hum of wind turbines on the headland above and the hiss of the waves as they swept back over the stony shore. Flotsam, bleached wood and sea-weed torn from the ground scattered the shoreline when I came across a Johnnie Walker bottle. The label washed off save for the man himself, striding out, his jacket now sea-bleached from vibrant red to pink, this empty bottle now the traveling home to a growing colony of young mussels.

I wondered how long these pretty molluscs had floated around the seas, clinging to their dubious life-raft.

The irony of a bottle of Scotch lying on the Wexford shores was not lost on me but I think it would not be long before the colony would increase and cover the entire bottle. Sometime in the future this little colony might return to the shore and the beach-comber who finds them may not even recognise that under the layers of smooth, pearlescent grey gleaming shells crowded together, their tiny raft is in fact glass.

The vibrant orange lips of each shell stood out against the grey, gleaming in the evening sun. Crowded together tightly, every so often a shell would open a little and the hair-like gill would push out, testing for the returning water perhaps?

Did you know?

To attach to rocks, ropes (or whiskey bottles), mussels secrete a liquid which sets in contact with seawater formingbyssal threads or beards. This cement is so strong the mussels can even cling to Teflon – try getting them to let go of whiskey!

Scientists are trying to develop a mussel-based adhesive for eye surgery.

Mussels with thick blue shells probably lived on shore where they need strong shells for protection. Those living off shore or in pools constantly covered by water grow quickly and have a thinner shell.

Mussels feed on plankton.

Mussels are rich in protein with less fat and more nutrients than beef.

The mantles of lady mussels are orange while gents are creamy white.

The size of mussels varies with the season, largest and fleshiest in October and smallest in March.

Mussels have been cultivated and eaten throughout the world for over a thousand years.

I couldn’t contemplate eating these pretty fellows though and wish them well on their journey.

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