Water wonderful day!
Published 03/10/2013 | 05:26
AFTER months of hard work the new memorial wall adjacent to the Blackwater Sub Aqua Club in Fermoy was officially unveiled to the public at an open day last week.
Crowds flocked to the venue all day Sunday, basking in the blistering sunshine and enjoying the many activities laid on to celebrate the occasion.
Guest of honour for the day, open water swimmer Owen O'Keefe set the ball rolling for what turned out to be a hugely enjoyable occasion.
Throughout the afternoon the club's two launches and the An Spiorad Saor John Mahon 'wheely boat' were kept busy ferrying visitors from the promenade to the viaduct, offering them a welcome opportunity to enjoy sections of the river people all too rarely get to see.
Fermoy Fire Brigade also gave demonstrations on the day, as did Pop O'Hara from Irish Water Safety, who oversaw a popular lifebuoy throwing competition and gave a well-attended lecture on water safety.
There was also plenty to keep the kiddies smiling with face painters, a bouncy castle and a marine life display.
One of the highlights of the day was a fly past by the coastguard helicopter, which also played out a simulated water rescue.
In keeping with the water safety theme of the day prizes were also handed out to local schoolchildren who took part in an art competition on the subject.
Club spokesman Timmy Carey thanked all the volunteers and local bodies who came together to make the occasion such a huge success.
"The amount of co-operation we received from individuals and groups across the town was fantastic to see," said Mr Carey.
"Hopefully, the event had positive impact on people, in particular the children who attended, and will help promote water safety in the Fermoy area," he added.