The Lighthouse Swim 2015

By Kevin Williams

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What a great night in Fenit on Thursday 6th August with a packed schedule  of events taking place at The Bathing Slip .

First up were The Juniors from The Kingdom Swimming Club under John Edwards having their annual sea race . Some very young brave swimmers were  giving it their all to the finish .  Well done to you all !

Next on The Agenda was The arrival of our Gold Medal Winning Olympic Hero , Brendan OConnell  !  A 5 minute standing ovation from the 180 or so people gathered  there greeted him ! What a magnificent achievement . He mingled with the crowd showing his medals and stopping for photos . The Club were very proud to present Brendan With an Outstanding Achievement Certificate  granting him Lifetime Membership of The Club .

Next  up was the Official Opening of Our new Changing Rooms .  Our three senior members were there to cut the ribbon . President PJ Costello , Vice President David Slattery and Treasurer Denis Cronin  .

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The BBQ was fired up as The race around The  Lighthouse began . Group C were off first along with the 11 visitors  from Clare , Cork and Limerick  and 8 Senior Kingdom Swimmers ..   4 minutes later GRoup  B gave chase and Grp A were 4 minutes later again . The very strong incoming tide pushed everyone out to the left and made it a hard struggle to cut back in and up the side of the lighthouse .  As they made it to the top the strong flow swept everyone around with a few staying  too close to the rocks .

First home was Kristian ODonovan who started with the visitors . Kristian head off to Dover this week to take on The English Channel. The very best of luck Kristian ! Cillian Tierney was next in and set the fasteest time and a course record of 21.33 . Fastest Visitor was John Ryan from Limerick Masters  in 27.56 and First Kingdom Swimmer home was Dara Masterson in a time of 31.30 .  A very special word for David Slattery who also completed the swim at 82 years of age !

Group A 1) Cillian Tierney 2) Brendan OConnell

Group B 1) Rosie Foley 2) Donal Fitzgibbons

Group C 1) Antoinette Boyd 2 ) Lorraine Bowler .

Thanks to Graham Kelliher from Surf n Sail who sponsored the prizes !

All swimmers and guests enjoyed the BBQ and refreshments as Father Gearoid and Father Mulvihill carried out The Blessing of the Changing Rooms . Thans very much to them and their lovely words of encouragement .

A big thank you to everyone who took part in any way ! We had 75 swimmers ,around the lighthouse , 25 junior swimmers , 11 visiting swimmers , 19 Kayakers , 4 rescue boats with crews  , 6 timers , 8 BBQ’ers  , 1 Olympian , 3 dignitaries  and 2 CLergy along with a host of guests !  There were 200 burgers and 350 sausages  consumed and washed down with an endless supply of refreshments . A great night I think !