About Owen O'Keefe

Open water swimmer from Fermoy, Ireland. English Channel Solo 2009 (10 h 19 min), Strait of Gibraltar Solo 2010 (3 h 52min), a few others done and hopefully more to come...

Prizes for this year’s event…

The weather is improving week after week at this stage and we hope that you are all enjoying the spring and putting your toes back in the rivers, lakes and seas as the open water swimming season draws nearer.

Logo – The Edge SportsTo encourage you in your training, we are very happy to announce that there will be four vouchers (€25 each) for the sports shop, The Edge Sports in Cork, to be won at the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim 2013. These vouchers will be awarded to the fastest swimmers in each of the following four categories:

  • Male (Non-wetsuit)
  • Female (Non-wetsuit)
  • Male (Wetsuit)
  • Female (Wetsuit)

We would like to thank The Edge Sports for providing these prizes as sponsorship for the event. The Edge Sports is a very popular destination among many swimmers and other athletes and we hope that the winners will get good value out of their vouchers.

As well as prizes for the fastest swimmers, we have another big prize for the youngest swimmer to finish the swim on the day. That is the Martin Duggan Memorial Shield. The Duggan family kindly donated this prize to the event when it was started properly in the year 2009.

Go to our Entry page to put your name in for this year’s event…

River Temperatures Rising!

Yesterday evening, Dave Mulcahy and Owen O’Keefe swam in the river for the first time in a month. The water temperature was about 6ºC when they were in on St. Patrick’s Day and the weren’t expecting any improvement on that temperature yesterday. They were pleasantly surprised, however, when there was a temperature rise of 2ºC or so. Sure, it helped that it was a beautiful sunny afternoon, but still, that 2ºC was a great improvement on the cold that was to be felt just a month ago.

As well as the rise in temperature, great progress is being made on the new slipway next to the Rowing Club. A lot of silt has settled on the slipway but that’s easily gotten rid of. We hope that this new slipway will be finished in time for this year’s event and, if it is, it’ll make it a lot easier and safer for people to get in and out of the river, especially during events.

Don’t forget that entries are open for the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim 2013 and that all you have to do to find out all information about entries is to go to our Entry page and see for yourself…

Entries open for MDMS 2013

We are very happy to announce that entries are now open for this year’s Martin Duggan Memorial Swim which will take place on Friday, 14 June. The swim will take place at the usual location, Fermoy Rowing Club on the River Blackwater, and will be 2 km in length. If you want to enter you can do so by following the instructions below (more information is available on our Entry page). Registration will be open from 17:30 to 18:30 on the day and the swim will start at 19:30. Keep an eye on this blog for updates…

How to Enter:

You can enter online or, if you prefer, on paper. If you would prefer to enter online, just click on the link below and you will be taken straight to our Active.com event page where you can enter on the spot.

Button – Owen O'Keefe

If you would prefer to enter on paper, you can download the Entry Form, fill it out and post it (with the appropriate entry fee) to Mr. Owen O’Keefe, 3 Springfield, Fermoy, County Cork, Ireland or scan it and email it to blackwaterswim@gmail.com – don’t forget to include the Parental Consent Form if you will be aged 17 years or younger on the day of the swim! You will receive an email confirming your entry.

Munster Swimming Calendar 2013

The provisional calendar of open water swimming events in Munster for 2013 was released by Finbarr Hedderman this week. You can download this first draft of the calendar by clicking on the following link: Munster Swimming Calendar 2013

Note that all dates, etc., on this calendar are given for information purposes only and that all details are to be confirmed with the organisers of the various events. More dates will be added to the calendar soon…

Welcome to our new website!

You are very welcome to the new website of the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim. Check out our About page and our Results Archive to see what we’re all about. This year’s swim will take place on Friday, 14 June and entries will be opening soon on our Entry page!

Ná déan dearmad go bhfuilimid fós ag ceiliúradh Sheachtain na Gaeilge agus gurbh fhiú duit súil a chaitheamh ar ár Suíomh Gaeilge chomh maith!

Keep an eye on this website for updates on the preparations for MDMS 2013 and don’t forget that, if you have any questions or queries, you can contact us at any time by sending a message through our Contact page…