Hun­dreds dive into 2019 by jump­ing into icy wa­ters

Gorey Guardian - - PICTURES - By SARA GA­HAN

HUN­DREDS of swim­mers dived head­first into 2019 by tak­ing to the wa­ters in north Wex­ford on New Year’s Day for two char­ity swims.

The first group to brave the icy wa­ters were the Tara Vale Swim­mers, with more than 200 jump­ing into the sea at Bal­ly­money beach in front of a big crowd.

The Tara Vale Swim­mers, who have held the swim an­nu­ally since 2006, hope this year’s event will help them pass the €150,000 mark. The money raised will be do­nated to Jack and Jill Foun­da­tion, North Wex­ford Hos­pice Home­care, St Pa­trick’s Spe­cial School, En­nis­cor­thy, and Cour­town RNLI.

The or­gan­is­ers thanked all who took part, all who spon­sored them, Cour­town RNLI for the res­cue cover, and all in the Tara Vale pub for host­ing an af­ter­noon of en­ter­tain­ment and re­fresh­ments.

An hour af­ter the Bal­ly­money swim, more than 100 peo­ple ran into the wa­ter in Cahore for the an­nual event in aid of Cahore In­shore Res­cue Ser­vice.

Gerry O’Lough­lin, hon­orary sec­re­tary of Cahore In­shore Res­cue Ser­vice, said it was the big­gest crowd he had ever seen take part in the New Year’s Day swim.

‘We had a great crowd of spec­ta­tors too,’ added Gerry. ‘Ev­ery­one had a great evening af­ter the swim and en­joyed en­ter­tain­ment in the Strand Bar and the Schooner.’

Cahore In­shore Res­cue Ser­vices thanked all who took part, do­nated, spon­sored and helped on the day. They also thanked Cour­town Coast Guard for their help too.

Michael and Mar­ian Mc­Cor­mack with Ken McBride in Cahore. Philip and Ni­cola Doyle and broth­ers Dr Brian O’Do­herty and Dr Dar­rragh O’Do­herty in Bal­ly­money. The swim­mers in Bal­ly­money. The Cahore swim­mers. Cour­town RNLI crew mem­bers Cathal Kin­sella, Ryan Davis and Robert Ire­ton in Bal­ly­money. Michelle Davin, sis­ters Caoil­fhionn and Caragh Ni Nual­lain, and Suzanne Nolan in Cahore. Seán Ferguson with his son E

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