WELL-known Rock Street native, Kilfenora resident and business man David Slattery received a bit of a birthday surprise after taking part in Tralee Bay Swimming Club's annual Brendan O'Callaghan Cup swim in Fenit last Wednesday evening.
Having heard through the grapevine that David was celebrating a 'Big-O' birthday at the weekend, his friends and clubmates arranged for David to be part of the prize giving ceremony after the race.
He initially thought he had won a prize in the race but the penny dropped for David when the crowd burst into a spontaneous chorus of "happy birthday."
David Slattery has maintained a lifelong love affair with swimming and calls Fenit his spiritual home. No day is complete for him without his evening swim and he is regularly joined at Locke's Beach by his son Mike.
A hugely accomplished swimmer David Slattery is a keen participant in the club's annual summer swimming programme and regularly finishes among the winners. He was a member of the first group of swimmers to swim from Tralee to Fenit in 1967 and has also completed the swim from Camp to Fenit.
David, who is currently Tralee Bay Swimming Club's Vice President, has also previously tackled the famous swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco.
To mark his birthday David and his wife Betty threw a big birthday party at their home, "The Rock", Kilfenora on Sunday evening.