Swimmers brave sea for 'Slip to Shore'

Kingdom swimmers and Tralee Triathlon Club pictured ready to take part in the 2019 ‘Slip to Shore’ swim out in Ballyheigue at the weekend
Kingdom swimmers and Tralee Triathlon Club pictured ready to take part in the 2019 ‘Slip to Shore’ swim out in Ballyheigue at the weekend

Fergus Dennehy

When compared to last year's scorcher, this year's 2019 outing of the 'Slip to Shore' swim in Ballyheigue was about as far removed weather wise as it could have been.

Swimmers on Sunday had to deal with some dicey and choppy conditions as they made the 2km open-water swim from Dromatore Pier and onto the beach at Ballyheigue.

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An annual fundraiser that is now into its 10th year and held as part of the Ballyheigue Summer Festival, this year's swim was once again in aid of the Inshore Rescue Service and the Ballyheigue Family Resource Centre.

"It was quite blustery and choppy conditions but apart from that, everything was grand. We did have a late call safety wise just to make sure everything was okay but there was no danger whatsoever," said PRO for the swim, Mick Harkin, speaking to The Kerryman.

"After having a record 155 swimmers at last year's event, the number was down to a more manageable 117 this time around, which was a really great turnout. We didn't want to go any bigger than last year so we were happy to bring it down this year," he continued.

"We had swimmers from Tyrone, Limerick, Cork and from Carlingford as well so we're still attracting swimmers from all over the country as well as our regulars from clubs around Kerry," he said.

Michelle Byrne was the first woman home in 30:30 while Cillian Tierney retained his title in a time of 22:45. Mick said that special thanks must go to all at the Ballyheigue Inshore Rescue, the Coastguard, the Wild Water Adventures and KOS Coaches and of course to all the kayaks and volunteers who helped out on the day.

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