Report & Results 2013

This year’s Martin Duggan Memorial Swim was held at 7:30 pm yesterday evening in the River Blackwater, Fermoy. Although the weather was pretty damp for most of the day, it cleared just before the swim and we had much nicer weather conditions than we had been expecting earlier on. The rain didn’t raise the level of the river and so swimmers were able to make good progress against the current over the first kilometre. According to the thermometer on Carol Cashell‘s watch, the water temperature was 14.3ºC. Nobody had any complaints and it was clear that everyone really enjoyed their swims. All of the 47 swimmers that started the swim finished.

Photograph – Lee Fox

Two swimmers coming around the turn buoys at the top of the course (Photograph: Lee Fox).

Irish elite triathlete Gavin Noble (Sandycove Island SC) took first place. He swam the 2 km course in a new record of 23 minutes 32.7 seconds! Fellow top athlete and a past swimmer on this course Bryan Keane (Templeogue SC) wasn’t far behind him. He finished in 23 minutes 50.1 seconds. Owen O’Keefe (Fermoy SC) was the first non-wetsuited swimmer to finish but Ned Denison (Sandycove Island SC) took the prize for that place as Owen is on the Organising Committee of the event. Sarah Early (Templeogue SC) was the first female to finish. Carol Cashell (Dolphin SC) was the fastest non-wetsuited female. She took part in yesterday’s event hardly a week after swimming around Manhattan Island, New York! Full results can be seen on the Results 2013 page. If you spot any mistakes please let us know and we’ll try to rectify them as soon as possible.

Photograph – George O'Keefe

Gavin Noble accepting his prize – a €25 voucher for The Edge Sports in Cork – from Brigid Noonan and Owen O’Keefe (Photograph: George O’Keefe).

Each year, the Martin Duggan Memorial Shield is awarded to the youngest swimmer to complete the swim. It came as no great surprise that Mary Brooks (Fermoy SC) was this year’s recipient. Mary received the prize having completed the 2 km course in a very fast time of 32 minutes 39.1 seconds (with a wetsuit). Mary is the third of the Brooks siblings to have won this prize!

Photograph – George O'Keefe

Mary Brooks accepting her prize – Martin Duggan Memorial Shield – from John Duggan and Owen O’Keefe (Photograph: George O’Keefe).

Many thanks are due with regard to the organising of this event. First and foremost, we’d like to thanks everyone from Fermoy Rowing Club for allowing full use of their facilities and giving us so much help on the day – we couldn’t hold the event without them. We must also thank Blackwater Sub-Aqua Club, all of our kayakers and onshore spotters, who helped provide a safe event for swimmers. A big thanks to our referee, Jim Sheehan, who kept everything running very smoothly, our timekeepers, our turn judges and our photo-finish cameraman, George O’Keefe. Thanks to “The Edge Sports”, Cork for sponsoring four €25 vouchers for their store. Finally, we’d like to thank everyone that made sandwiches, cakes and refreshments of all sorts and Noel McCarthy, “Carry Out” off-licence, Fermoy for giving us the soft drinks.

There’ll be plenty of photographs up on our Facebook page pretty soon (tomorrow or Monday). For now, thanks to everyone for coming yesterday, we’re very glad that you enjoyed it and we look forward to seeing you again next year!

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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…

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…

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…

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…