Sunday 19 November 2017

Swimming Club

This was a very busy week for Wicklow Swimming Club. Races started on Tuesday with the Junior Relay for the Conway Cup. The conditions were good as 77 juniors and intermediates competed with 7 teams participating in the event. The Pink Team won by a narrow margin so congratulations to Nicole Devitt, Rory Kelly, Cathal MacRuairi, Robyn Brennan, Ava Frazer, Lauren Ryan, Matthew Leonard, Jennifer O'Brien, Isabelle Carroll, Jake Whyte and Brian Johnson (Capt).

The 100 Yard Dash was also held on Tuesday with Roisin Hennessy winning the ladies, Gavin McInerney winning the men's dash, Emma O'Brien the Under 16s, Roisin Hennessy the Over 40's womens and Pat Brennan the Over 40's mens.

Racing on Thursday started with the youths as Rory Kelly came out on top followed by Rhian Drennan. The seniors swam for the Committee Cup won by Maeve McCarthy.

The races continued on Sunday with the Junior Sprints. David Johnson won the Under 6 boys and Ruby Hasler the girls race. Brian Johnson won the Under 8 boys and Jill Connolly won the girls. Charlie Brennan and Sarah Flood were the Under 10- winners, with Dylan O'Donovan and Sophie Kelly winning the Under 12 events. Ryan Byrne won the Under 14 boys.

Liam Nicholson won the Junior Challenge and 25 intermediates swam for the Shannen May Memorial Cup, with Lily Devitt eventually winning. Ken O'Grady won the Youths 1,000 metres.

Swimming this week starts on Thursday at 6.45 p.m. for the youths and 7.15 p.m. for the senior swim for the Across the Harbour Cup. The second Open Sea Swim of the year takes place on Saturday and is sponsored by the Healy/O'Kane families. The gents race is at 3.30 p.m. and the ladies at 4.15 p.m.. The race starts and finishes at the harbour.

Swimmers are encouraged to take part in Red Lipstick world record attempt following the race, lipstick will be available on the beach. The count for world record will take place in Fitzwilliam square at 6.30 p.m., followed by the raffle at 8 p.m., music at 9 p.m. in Phil Healy's

Red Lipstick Day

Phil Healy's will host a Red Lipstick Day in an attempt to break the World Record for the largest gathering of people in the one place all wearing red lipstick.

The fundraiser on July 19 is in support of local clubs and organisations and is in honour of the late Nell Healy.

The day begins with a coffee morning in Phil Healy's from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and all proceeds go to the Wicklow Branch of the RNLI. You can also support the coffee morning by brining a cake.

At 3.30 p.m. a Gents Open Swim starts from Wicklow Harbour and the Ladies event starts from 4.15 p.m..

The record breaking attempt at getting the most people on one place wearing red lipstick, including men, women and children, takes place in Fitzwilliam Square and Phil Healy's at 6.30 p.m.. Registration takes place in Church Street car park at 6 p.m.. The Staff of Leonard Mulvey will be on hand during the evening to apply lipstick if required.

The evening continues with music and a very special guest artist who will be announced closer to the date of the record attempt.

At 8 p.m. there is a raffle in aid of Wicklow Hospice and various charities and clubs. Numerous prizes are up for grabs including a 40 inch flatscreen TV, two €100 vouchers for Sophisticuts, one years membership to Uplift Gym, meal vouchers for the Dairy and Mystic Celt, numerous hampers from Leonard and Mulveys chemists, four passes to Leopardstown Race Course and many more prizes.

Tickets are on sale at Phil Healy's, Mulveys, clubs throughout the town or at the actual coffee morning.

Red Lipstick T-shirts are available from Phil's for €8 each and all proceeds from the sales go to the Wicklow Hospice Foundation.

Bridge Players

Wicklow's Bridge Clubs usually close up at the end of Spring and do not start back until Autumn leaves fall in September.

But this year bridge players will have a treat, a 'Regatta Bridge' Competition with fun in mind will be held during the midsummer break, on Thursday July 24 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Hotel.

This will be a new competition in the summer calendar and the inaugural Bridge event in the ever successful Wicklow Regatta programme. It represents a new supportive relationship between the bridge playing and Regatta community in the area.

The 'Regatta Bridge' Competition is the brainchild of a committee representing 4 local clubs who have come together to develop a dedicated Bridge Centre for the Wicklow Town and District area like the highly successful one in Greystones. The clubs are the 'Abbey', who play Mondays in the Golf Club; 'Wicklow', who play at East Glendalough on Tuesdays; the 'Grand Slam', who play at the Convent on Wednesdays and the 'Neptune', who play at the Grand on Thursdays.

A big turnout is hoped for with a warm welcome extended not only to local club friends, including the '002' from Roundwood and the 'Royal' from the Sailing Club but also to bridge friends from Arklow, Greystones, Ashford and Newcastle. It will also offer something new for tourists in the area at Regatta time to enjoy.

The purpose of the event is to raise funds for the Bridge Centre project and to raise awareness of the pressing need for a shared, dedicated premises in the area. When such a venue is established, the Wicklow and District area will be able to host bridge competitions in both daytime and evenings on seven days a week. It will also be able to host large Regional competitions and offer a facility for bridge Beginners' and Improvers' lessons, Seminars and Workshops. It will particularly benefit the singles, retired and seniors section of the community who would be able to enjoy a new facility for social recreation and mind sports. This sector is sometimes overlooked, especially since Lottery Funding is only available for 'active' sports.

A superb Regatta Bridge Trophy, shown here, has been especially produced for the occasion by local artist in wood, Larry Ryan. This will be the centrepiece of the prize table and there will also be cash prizes. The Tournament Director will be our friendly expert, John Royds, from Greystones,

It is hoped that the Regatta Bridge Trophy Competition will be run annually, with support building year on year. As this happens, bridge players will have something to look forward to every Summer!

It costs €10 per person to enter the competition taking place in the Grand Hotel at 7 p.m..

Entries please to Maura Kavanagh with name and telephone number to (087) 7187878 or send Maura an email to 'Regatta Bridge' at Early entry is appreciated to help organise boards and tables.

Wicklow People

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