Big turnout for New Year’s char­ity plunge for Diar­muid

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OVER a hun­dred swim­mers braved the win­ter weather on New Year’s Day when they took to the icy sea­wa­ter at Gyles Quay for the #in­tothe­seafordee fund raiser in mem­ory of lo­cal man Diar­muid MacAr­tain who died last Novem­ber.

The event was or­gan­ised by his part­ner Re­becca Wil­son and his fam­ily to raise funds for re­search for Ad­di­son’s Dis­ease and the North Louth Hospice.

‘ There was an amaz­ing turnout,’ says Re­becca, who was touched by the num­bers who went along to pay trib­ute to the pop­u­lar 31 year old, who died in the Mater Hos­pi­tal on Novem­ber 16.

He had been ad­mit­ted the pre­vi­ous month af­ter suf­fer­ing a car­diac ar­rest fol­low­ing a seizure.

Diar­muid, who had Ad­di­son’s Dis­ease, hadn’t al­lowed the ill­ness to stop him from liv­ing life to the full, play­ing with the Pats and set­ting up his own busi­ness as a per­sonal trainer.

Among those who took part in the pier jump were friends from Bush Post Pri­mary School and Let­terkenny Col­lege of Tech­nol­ogy, as well as those he had met on the play­ing field.

‘I couldn’t be prouder of him... it just goes to show how well thought of he was,’ Re­becca com­mented.

Re­becca says she now in­tends to make the New Year’s Day swim an an­nual event and is also plan­ning on or­gan­is­ing a 5km. She also thanked all those who sup­ported the event, the Red Cross and coast­guard, and Fer­gu­son’s Bar.

Some of the swim­mers in Gyles Quay.

Some of the swim­mers in Gyles Quay.

Some of the swim­mers in Gyles Quay.

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