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Thursday 18 September 2014

Mermaids hope to make big splash

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

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THE Munster Mermaids are a five woman relay team who plan to swim the English Channel from the UK to France on Saturday, August 2.

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THE Munster Mermaids are a five woman relay team who plan to swim the English Channel from the UK to France on Saturday, August 2.

The team comprises of three swimmers from The Mallow Masters Swimming Club, Maura O'Callaghan, Grace O'Callaghan and Sandra Howard, and two swimmers from Sandycove Island Swimming Club, Maeve Mulcahy and Anna Marie Mullally.

All five are keen open water swimmers and have been sea training near Kinsale since the end of April. They have completed two hour qualifying swims in the sea and are adapting well to the conditions. They have also trained in darkness.

The ladies will swim according to Channel rules which includes togs, hat and goggles, and will swim for one hour in rotation until they reach the French coast.

You can follow their progress on Facebook/ Munster Mermaids.

The team are undertaking the challenge at their own expense and any money raised through sponsorship will go to The Children's Medical and Research Foundation, Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. To donate, see Facebook/Munster Mermaids and click on link.

Wishing the Mermaids the very best of luck in their brave venture.

Corkman

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