An introduction to swimming at Sandycove – Part 1

I’ve been meaning to put this post for the past two years before the start of each year’s Distance Training Week! Let’s start with a caution: Sandycove Island in Cork is a location for experienced open water swimmers. It should not be dismissed because it is (now) well-known or because there are many local swimmers.…

Steve Redmond’s Homecoming

If you are in Ireland, you know Steve is getting pretty great coverage and reception here in Ireland, as it should be. Many interviewers don’t really get it, you can hear the bemusement in their voices. But in fairness to them, those of us who are swimmers have trouble wrapping our heads around it. For…

Grant Proposal and Application – Toward a post-modern contextualization of swimming sub-cultures

To: European Union Centre for Anthropological Studies, Irish Department of Sport,  Irish Department of Heritage and Tourism, FINA, South London Swimming Club, Sandycove Island Swimming Club, Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, Irish Bankers Association, the wealthy guy from down the road. Proposal: The advent of ubiquitous communication and democratization of publication has led to an explosion in discussion…

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Guest post: Owen O’ Keefe

Owen is one of the really special young people we are occasionally lucky to meet. Another Sandycove swimmer, Owen was the youngest ever Irish person to swim the English Channel at the age of 16, and not that but was blazingly fast. For those of us infected with the Channel bug, we understand how extraordinary…

Spring in Sandycove

Back to Sandycove for the first time this year at the weekend. The rest of the south coast seemed clouded over, but the sun was shining in Kinsale. Went for a lovely double lap by myself, back on Ned’s qualification list for this year, starting with the 3k+. Fin and Ned were just out, the…

Moonrise at Sandycove

We’re usually gone home by this stage but we were having the post-going away swim get together, which seem to be getting bigger each time. Gabor set a new standard in home cooked food, all his own, cooking. Multi-talented!

Sandycove

I just remembered this old video of Sandycove, taken by Ray Terry, with Finbarr, Danny C. and Mike Harris. Worth a look for those who still haven’t visited our playground.

Sandycove Motto?

I saw Steve Munatones had a tweet about the Waikiki Roughwater swim having a (boring) motto, and asking if other swims have mottos. Which led me to wonder what the overall Sandycove motto should be? Any suggestions? Mike Harris’s “It’s a bit lumpy, chaps” might be the best candidate. “Ten to fourteen degrees and some…

Return to Sandycove

So last Saturday was Rob and Danny’s send-off swim for the Channel, Eddie going to Jersey and a triumphant return for Liam, Jen, & I from the Channel, Gábor back from Zurich, Owen back from Gibraltar, and Ned back from Jersey. The whole Channel experience would have been worth it just to welcomed and congratulated…

Sandycove Distance Camp

Last week was Sandycove Cork Distance camp. Organised and run by Ned Dennison, it’s a 10 day series of swims designed for long distance swimmers wanting to get some really serious training done. It started as the Champion Of Champions swim in 2008, based on the UK Dover race of the same format; a 5…

Nice shot of Sandycove

Taken by Danny’s wife Clare, at our 6 hour Sandycove swim 2 weeks ago. First corner is on the left, 2nd corner is on the right. Kinsale estuary is beyond. This is at high tide when the near channel is clear. The tiny beach is Finbarr’s Beach, named after Finbarr Hedderman who used it for…