Monday 19 November 2018

Great day for 'best woman in the world'

Rich praise for the driving force behind annual icy sea dip

Hubert Murphy

Some 17 years later and thousands of euro raised, the annual Clogherhead Chernobyl swim shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to support from all walks of life.

For many, Christmas is not the same without a trip to the seaside to sample the cool rush of icy water on skin. And last Tuesday - it was cold!

On hand to organise the great team of volunteers was Isabel Sanroma and she expressed her thanks to the many who help make the day such a success.

'We began 17 years ago on Bettystown beach', she states. They had six hardy volunteers prepared to make that dash to the sea, but that has risen to the 100 mark in the years since then.

The likes of Ciaran Farrelly has done many of the dips - along with a host of others.

'It has developed into a big event and the likes of the RNLI, the St John Ambulance, the coastguard and many others give us great backing.'

She says that Adi Roche often comments on the support the Clogherhead event receives.

Volunteers come from everywhere this year to lend a helping hand - even Belarus.

Yuliya has been coming to Ireland since she was a child and now helps organise the swim each year.

She'll spend two weeks in the area and says that Isabel is 'the best woman in the world' for her dedication to the event.

'We had plenty of hot drinks and mince pies to hand out after the swim,' she explained.

Also attending this year's event were Patrick and Patricia Barrow of Listoke.

They too have been inspired by Isabel's efforts for those less fortunate.

'About 15 years ago we went to Belarus with our daughter to design a garden for a children's home', Patricia stated. Each year they open Listoke as a fundraiser for the garden and are delighted that it still thrives. 'It's great that this is still going on and I'm sure will still be here when we are gone', she adds.

Drogheda Independent