CHRISTMAS SWIM: A very busy and productive meeting of the joint committee from Tralee Bay Swimming Club and RNLI Fenit Lifeboat Station, which is organising the 62nd consecutive Christmas Day swim in Fenit, took place at the weekend.
The first Christmas Day swim in Fenit took place on 25th December 1952. As the swim is part of the national "Gathering," it will be called "Gathering in Fenit for a Christmas Day Dip". The Christmas Day swim is now just two weeks away and the joint committee is determined to maintain the success of previous years. The car park in Fenit will be decorated with bunting. A stall will be set up to provide seasonal refreshments and hot drinks. Music will be provided to build up the atmosphere and add to the merriment. PJ Costello, Club President will lead the charge to the water at noon. The joint organising committee hopes to have at least as many swimmers and spectators in Fenit on Christmas morning as were present last year.
Santa Claus, himself will act as Chief Marshall on this special day and is requesting swimmers and spectators to wear a Santa hat. Participants will line up on the beach at 11.55am for the traditional singing of "Jingle Bells". The atmosphere should be electric as the countdown starts at ten seconds to midday. When Chief Marshall, Santa Claus blows the whistle at noon the charge to the water should be spectacular as the swimmers head for the plunge into the icy sea.
A collection will be taken up for RNLI Fenit Lifeboat Station, which has volunteer lifeboat crews on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The RNLI has always been funded by the generosity of the public and the Christmas Day collection in Fenit is always substantial.
So the organising committee is cordially inviting the public to come along to Fenit on Wednesday, 25th December to be part of what promises to be a wonderful "Gathering in Fenit for a Christmas Day Dip."
Next week's notes column will give advice about proper preparation for the Christmas Day dip. Hopefully, a weather forecast for the big day will also be available at that stage.
A reminder that the path between the bathing slip and the field behind is closed off at present for safety reasons while our new changing rooms are being built. Walkers can go through the bathing slip to access the back beach. The club apologises for any inconvenience caused and will restore the path as soon as possible. The construction of the new changing rooms is at an advanced stage and everybody is looking forward to completion day.
BEACH CLEAN UP
The club is arranging a clean-up at Locke's Beach on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, 24th December at 2pm. All members are requested to help out on the day. There is still an amount of seaweed on the
The Christmas party is scheduled for Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee on this coming Saturday night, 14th December at 8.30pm. Mike Slattery, Club Chairman and the Executive Committee cordially invite members and their families to enjoy a relaxed social evening in good company.
The winter solstice, which is the day of least daylight when the Sun reaches its most southern point in the sky, will occur on Saturday week, 21st December. Winter solstice is a very special day in Celtic mythology, which welcomes 3mns of extra daylight per day. Therefore, daylight will be gradually extending from the 21st, though the difference won't be very noticeable for some time yet. But it is an important milestone in our anticipation of the long balmy summer evenings in Fenit.
Water temperature continues to drop and hit its lowest reading of 7C last weekend. It may drop even further before Christmas Day but we will have more current information next week. The winter has been the mildest and most frost free for some years. But, be cautious, as the weather may have a sting in its tale as we approach the Christmas Day dip. Lunch time tides will be ideal for winter swimming on Saturday and Sunday. Always be aware of the Club's motto - swim safely at all times and enjoy healthy active living.
Rock Street/ Caherslee Com Games
Rock Street/Caherslee Community games had an incredibly successful year collecting awards at the recent Community Games county awards for Best Overall Area, Best Area for Swimming and 2nd for Athletics. In addition, representatives from the area recently travelled to Derry to collect a National Participation award. In keeping with the participatory ethos of Community games this award is based on an area's level of participation in individual and team events and the area was delighted to receive this award. The annual awards evening took place recently to celebrate these great achievements and to acknowledge all the children who represented the area in sporting and cultural events in 2013.
Entertainment on the evening was provided by the U14 singing group: Jasmine Ryle, Roisin Harte, Amy O'Sullivan, Shauna Flynn, Janna Litchfield and Leah Long; recitation by Eleanor Moloney; and solo music by Diana Meriakri. The U13 project which won pewter at national level was on display by Emma Reidy, Jasmine Ryle, Meabh McElligott and Eleanor Moloney. Over 70 children received awards for participation in individual and team events. Special awards were presented as follows: Best Overall Girl - Rachel Bowler; Best Overall Boy - Cathal O'Reilly; Best Team - U14 Girls relay of Orla O'Reilly, Rachel Bowler, Gift Obdute, Rachel Ryan and Emma Godley; Swimming - Lucy, Megan and Rachel O'Donnell; Participation: Jasmine and Louis Ryle; and Athletics - Aoibheann O'Brien. If you are interested in getting involved in Rock Street/Caherslee Community games as a participant or coach, please contact Linda 086-8335291.
Old Reserves Golf SOCIETY
At 7.50 on Saturday morning the early birds gathered on the first tee waiting ( like schools kids waiting for the school trip bus to appear into the school yard ) for first light to peep over from Iveragh. In spite of the laughing and the banter, the nervousness was palatable, after all it was our renowned Christmas Hamper day. The turn out was only superb, 46 in total togged out on a most pleasant morning. In fact it was reminiscent of older days with a plethora of Old Olds on the first Tee box, such great stalwarts as Oul Stock Aidan, Gerrard, Paddy Tobin, Dermot Walsh Donal,O Mahony , Tadgh Mc Mahon , Mick Cunnane John Fitz John O Connell et all.
Scoring was at a predictable high standard with all the top six carding between 37 and 42 pts.
Sections were also very close Peege Murphy and Jonathan took the two section A prizes Mike Cunnane Jr and Mike Leahy took section B while C spots went to John " Clancy " O Connell and Donal O Mahony .
The big easy himself David Doyle stormed up the back 9 with 22 pts to grab 6th with 37pts.
Former Shannon Rangers man Dannie Hollie with a great 38 pts landed a customary hamper in Cahermoneen. John Fitzgerald who drove all night to be with us also produced a handy card of 38 pts while Claude secured his 2nd hamper in a week with a huge 41 pts.
In 2nd spot came Paddy " the rescue " Tobin with an absolutely massive 42 pts unfortunately Paddys score did not secure 1st spot as he had not played the necessary amount of outings, this honour went to new member Daragh Roche when the rookie from Woodlee bagged 39 pts off 12 handicap.
Prizegiving in Stokers later that evening was an outstanding success when captain Colm wearing his society blazer and Louis Copeland slacks presented all winners with their prizes and was ably assisted by John O Connell and vice capt Mike who showed that the captains jacket is not easily filled.
The craic and banter was only 90 topped off by the special guest appearance of Santa Clause.
Many thanks to starters Peege Murphy and David Doyle and a very special thank you to Gerry and Maire in Stokers,
Next Sat Dec 14 we visit Castlegregory for the final time in 2013.