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Hardy souls brave Boeing



MILD weather conditions greeted willing volunteers from the wider Millstreet area who took the plunge into the river Blackwater on Sunday last.

Availing of a welcome respite from the consistent rain and winds of late - which caused the deferral of the original schedule on New Year's Day - swimmers and supporters made their way to the famous Boeing for the fifth annual swim that took place on Lá na nBan, with a large number of ladies involved.

Those participating were supporting the worthy Millstreet based Canon O'Donovan Day Care Centre.

A festive atmosphere pervaded the staging with a hardy group of volunteers taking the dip in chilly waters. To compensate, organisers ensured there were plenty of mulled wine, hot drinks and refreshments for one and all.

Super Valu in Millstreet helped to sponsor the event as did Tarrant's Bridge Bar, the Bush Bar and Malpaso Bar.

Brian O'Sullivan from the Malpaso was on hand to present souvenir t-shirts to those volunteers. The generous contributions of the public ensured the venture was an outstanding success for what's becoming a permanent event on the calendar.

Co-ordinator Eileen Tarrant expressed delight at the record turn-out and spoke of the Millstreet Day Care Centre as a worthy beneficiary.

"The centre offers brillant facilities for its patrons through meals on wheels, recreational activity and the provision of a range of facilities that are hugely enjoyed by patrons," she said.

"Thankfully, the weather allowed us go ahead, because the staging has become a big community event.

"All credit to the people that took up sponsorship cards and the public who contributed."