After the success of the last two years we decided to hold our now annual ‘Christmas Swim’ on Bettystown Beach to raise much needed funds for SOSAD (Drogheda) and Gaelic for All (a brilliant program run in St Colmcilles for children with special or complex needs). Despite horrid weather, a wind that could blow you over and an ice cold sea we saw more people turn up than ever before. What a great morning, spent with the very best of people from within our community (and a few guests)
The whiskey and hot drinks were lovingly prepared in advance of this brilliant event but we could never have expected those numbers on such a cold St Stephens morning. The idea of this is quite simple, people arrive, throw a few bob in a bucket for the various charities and then in an act of sheer lunacy everyone runs into the ice cold sea before retreating like a French tank to the safety of a loved one and a towel.
There are few guarantees in life but the cold is one and Helena Gordon showing up with a huge pot of soup is another. Laura Collier brought some lovely hot soup too which was consumed in minutes, the Murphy’s brought hot chocolate and the committee members Oisin Gartlan and John Collier brought the whiskey. Someone else brought chocolates and biscuits and we dont know who it was but thank you!
Our friends at Cilles Athletic Club provided the outdoor speaker and the defibrillator (just in case) and we are grateful to them for also joining us in the water. Lovely to see the orange singlets mixed with the blue of Cilles and Green / Gold of Meath.
Our resident DJ and all round good guy (Niall Bennett) provided the sounds and the eh, horn for everyone to get going. Pat Haigney warmed every child’s heart with his banter, while Roger Byrne reluctantly agreed to wear the action camera, his screams were heard in Wales seconds after entering the water. Maeve Connell helped dish out the hot drinks along with numerous people we cant even name to thank. Maddie from SOSAD turned up and turned a really light shade of blue before retreating to her car a frozen but grateful wreck.
A big shout out too to Stephen & Alison Martin for dishing out the bevvies and bringing some much needed kit. To Niall Mulligan for editing this brilliant video in no time and for providing the camera Roger brought into the water.
To the beautiful ladies at Swim Tribe, you added some class to proceedings and we need you there next year. Contact details are available through our site if anyone wants to join these legends in their daily interactions with the sea. To Jay & Sinead Collier, more so Sinead. Thanks for printing the posters and getting the word out there.
To Ken McHutcheon, what you do is difficult! Not many can do what you do and certainly not as well as you can. Hopefully the funds raised helps you to improve the physical / mental well being of all the kids at ‘Gaelic for All’ but let’s not stop here! Fair play to you and everyone that helps out with the program.
Finally, the organising committee would like to thank every single person that turned up yesterday. Seeing so many of the young people from our beloved club and local community there was a joy and we are glad you had a ball.
You all managed to raise over €2500 in 40 minutes yesterday, just think about that for a minute! MAGIC!
The Gaelic for All guys (Ken & Co) have already purchased special footballs from SPOTONSPORTS for the Gaelic for All Program who gave us a great price on their brilliant product. That was with the money YOU raised yesterday!
There’s no better club in the land!
REMEMBER – OUR CAR DRAW AND END OF YEAR 20’S PARTY TAKES PLACE THIS SUNDAY 29TH DECEMBER AT THE CITY NORTH HOTEL
TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM COMMITTEE MEMBERS, CHUNG ONES LIKE NATALIE / HANNAH CONNELL ETC AND ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR
BAND, DJ, LATE BAR AND THE CAR DRAW. MORE IMPORTANTLY, MEET UP WITH FRIENDS AND HAVE A BALL!