Swimmer of The Year and Gerald Walsh Trophy

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Annual Awards Night and Social …….. A great night was had last Saturday in The Meadowlands Hotel with over 100 swimmers , friends and family attending our Annual Awards Night . The night kicked off with a great meal and quickly moved on to to The Main Event , the Prizegiving . Most of the prize winners did not know if they had won or not as the last race results had not been revealed . First up were 2 new categories this year . Winter Swimmer of The Year Thomas Brosnan and Best Newcomer John Quilter . The main prize was next and That was The 2015 Swimmer of The Year which was won By Michael OConnell Jnr . Congratulations ! The groupmprizes were next and the winners were
Grp A 1st Martin ORegan 2nd Dermot Dillane. 3rd. Alan Murphy
Grp B. Joint 1st. Siobhain Griffin and Maura Hayes 3rd Donal Fitzgibbons
Grp C 1st Niamh Murphy 2nd John Quilter 3rd Catriona Kelly .
Kevin Williams was MC for the evening and All prizes were presented by Club President PJ Costelloe
Anyone not in attendance to collect their prize , forfeited and it was passed down to next in line .
The night finished off with dancing to great music from Donal and Caroline , A Beautiful Noise .

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The Gerald Walsh Swim ……The results of the Gerald Walsh swim were not revealed until last Saturday night . The swim went ahead on Sunday 6th September and ghad to be pulled forward an hour to accommodate the terrible weather . Approx 45 swimmers showed up in the torrential rain to,take part but at least the wind was minimal and the sea was calm . The race started from the beach and went to the bathing skip and back . Approx 1500 metres . Group A were off first and fierce competition was expected in all of the groups as swimmers battled for points for Swimmer of The Year . First home was Cillian Tierney in an incredible time of just over 18 minutes . The Group Winners were
Group A. 1 ) Michael OConnel Jnr 2). Martin ORegan
Group B. 1. Ciara Tierney. 2. Maura Hayes
Group C 1 Niamh Murphy. 2. John Quilter
Gerald Walsh Memorial Cup Wimmer. Siobhain Griffin .
All prizes were presented to the winners at The Awards Night by Mary Jo Walsh , Gerald’s Daughter
Mary Jo also gave a lovely speech about her Mother who passed away recently and her father and her fond memories of Fenit and Swimming . Thanks Mary Jo .
All the prizes were kindly sponsored by Geralds nephew Brendan Walsh of Spa Seafoods .

Winter Swimming …..Will commence ( or continue ! ) in the next few weeks . All are welcome and its a great start to a Sunday Morning !