Thursday 18 July 2019

Big turnout for New Year's charity plunge for Diarmuid

Some of the swimmers in Gyles Quay
Some of the swimmers in Gyles Quay
Some of the swimmers in Gyles Quay

Over a hundred swimmers braved the winter weather on New Year's Day when they took to the icy seawater at Gyles Quay for the #intotheseafordee fund raiser in memory of local man Diarmuid MacArtain who died last November.

The event was organised by his partner Rebecca Wilson and his family to raise funds for research for Addison's Disease and the North Louth Hospice.

'There was an amazing turnout,' says Rebecca, who was touched by the numbers who went along to pay tribute to the popular 31 year old, who died in the Mater Hospital on November 16.

He had been admitted the previous month after suffering a cardiac arrest following a seizure.

Diarmuid, who had Addison's Disease, hadn't allowed the illness to stop him from living life to the full, playing with the Pats and setting up his own business as a personal trainer.

Among those who took part in the pier jump were friends from Bush Post Primary School and Letterkenny College of Technology, as well as those he had met on the playing field.

'I couldn't be prouder of him... it just goes to show how well thought of he was,' Rebecca commented.

Rebecca says she now intends to make the New Year's Day swim an annual event and is also planning on organising a 5km. She also thanked all those who supported the event, the Red Cross and coastguard, and Ferguson's Bar.

The Argus