Long-distance swim in Waterford raises €5k for lifeboat service

Dolphins accompanied a group of long-distance swimmers on much of their fundraising route across Tramore Bay, Co Waterford, in aid of the local lifeboat service.

Long-distance swim in Waterford raises €5k for lifeboat service

More than 20 men and women competed in the 4.2km challenge from Brownstown Head to Guillamene.

Over €5,000 was raised for the Tramore RNLI service as a result of their efforts with the swim, which has been an annual event since 1931.

Natasha Campbell and Deirdre Cronin

One of the organisers of the swim, Sarah Howard, said it was an especially memorable occasion for her because her grandmother, Maisie Bishop, was the first woman known to have completed the Tramore Bay swim in the 1930s.

“The swim across the bay has a unique place in Tramore’s heritage and it was great to have its 2015 staging in support of the RNLI, who do such tremendous work right around our coast year-round,” said Ms Howard.

“Ireland’s 57 lifeboats launched 1,087 times last year, with 1,278 people rescued in those operations, so they are deserving of every support we can give them.

“All the swimmers, supporters, safety crews, kayakers, and the organising team did a great job on delivering a safe and successful event.”

Joe and Jack Murphy

The swimmers who completed the challenge were: Mike Bowes, Jerry Brett, Stephen Byrne, Natasha Campbell, Deirdre Cronin, Mark Daly, James Doolan, Colin Fanning, John Hartery, Jon Hawkins, John Hayden, Ian Hayes, Fiona Holland, Gerald Kelleher, David McCann, Kieran McCaffrey, Ciaran Murphy, Joe Murphy, Paul Ogle, Philip O’Leary, and Sandra Rellis.

Some €3,359 was raised in sponsorship by the participating swimmers, and that amount was boosted by a contribution of €2,000 from the Co Waterford-based company Genzyme.

Swim Fast Coaching provided a tailored training plan to help the swimmers with their preparations.

Safety support for the swim was provided by RNLI volunteers, Tramore Sea and Cliff Rescue, the Shielbaggan Outdoor Education Centre, and Swiftwater Canoeing.

Refreshments were provided by Aramark at the Newtown and Guillamene Swimming Club.

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