One week left to enter

Greetings, swimmers! There’s now only one week left to put your name in for this year’s MDMS. Entries  will close at midnight next Wednesday (12 June). Unfortunately, no late entries can be accepted.

We have spaces for volunteers also! We are looking for onshore spotters who will be positioned at strategic points along the bank, kayakers (of Level 2 ability) and timekeepers. If you can fulfill any of these roles, get in contact with us and we’ll find some job for you!

Conditions are excellent on the River Blackwater at the moment – water temperatures of about 15ºC – and we hope that it will continue until the day of the event. We look forward to seeing you all then…

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Change to Registration Times

There has been a slight change to the registration times for this year’s event. Here is the confirmed schedule for the evening:

18:00 The registration desk will be opened for swimmers.

19:00 The registration desk will be closed and a safety briefing will be given.

19:30 The swim will start!

We hope that the new registration times will suit better those swimmers who will be coming straight from work on the night of the swim.

Swim Map

There’s only one month left to this year’s Martin Duggan Memorial Swim and we’re really looking forward to it. There’s a slight pause on the improvement in the weather and increase in water temperatures but we’re hopeful that we’ll be back on track before too long. We’ve put together a map to inform you of the swim location/route, parking places and so on (click on the icons):


Don’t forget that entries are open and all you have to do is go to our Entry page to find out how to put your name in for the event…

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…