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Christmas Day Swim: The Christmas Day Swim of 2018 was one of the mildest in memory with a slight breeze which made the return journey to the towel colder than the outward journey. About 80 brave souls entered the calm waters and splashed about for varying lengths of time before coming back to solid ground to the loud applause and appreciation of over 200 spectators. Prior to the swim there was a wonderful period of chat with neighbours meeting neighbours and returned visitors catching up on news and some First-timers amazed at the happenings and there was even an engagement. Monaghan Civil Defence, Victor and Martin in the support boat, delicious soup from Castle Leslie, Murphy Video Services, Rory from the Northern Standard and Edelle for emyvale.net were all there as they have been for decades now. However there were people, synonymous with the swim, who were missing as they have passd to their eternal reward and we remembered them. This year was also a special year as it marked the 50th anniversary of the first unofficial swim by a couple of local lads in 1968. A few individuals had taken the plunge a year or two previously. Then in 1979 the local Scoutmaster, Benny McKenna, organised an official sponsored Swim with 50% of takings going to the Donagh Scout Unit and the other 50% going to a local charity which always had something to do with health matters. After Benny’s death the late Dan Rogan continued organising and with the demise of the Scout Unit the money raised was directed to the Intellectually disabled. This means that 2019 will mark the Official 40th Anniversary of the Sponsore Swims and the occasion will be marked in a special way by the current organisers - Parents and Friends of the Disabled. They would like to learn who was involved in that first swim, is there anyone, who did the swim then, still doing the swim, and who has done the most sponsored swims. Paul McGlade, on behalf of the organisers, thanked everyone involved in the organising the 2018 event and all who took part and all who contributed to the fund. Seamus McAree, on behalf of Donagh Development Association, who has been responsible for the construction and maintenance of the fantastic Emy Lake Walkway, presented a donation to Joe Derwin, Chairperson of the Parents and Friends. This was from the money raised by the Stetson Walk earlier in 2018. The organisers also presented a DVD compilation of the swims since 1984, produced by Murphy Video Services, to those, or the families of those, who have been long-term supporters of and/or participants in the Swim. That is a DVD worth seeing and you can contact Murphy’s Video. All in all 2018 was another great success and a marvellous way of celebrating Christmas Day. The fresh air also gives one a great appetite.
We wish a long and happy life together to the couple above who got engaged on Christmas Day
Here is Moira Brummett who at 90 years of age wanted to come to Emy Lake to see the Christmas Day Swim and enjoyed herself. We wish her many more years of coming to Emy for the swim.
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Christmas Day Swim: The Christmas Day Swim of 2018 was one of the mildest in memory with a slight breeze which made the return journey to the towel colder than the outward journey. About 80 brave souls entered the calm waters and splashed about for varying lengths of time before coming back to solid ground to the loud applause and appreciation of over 200 spectators. Prior to the swim there was a wonderful period of chat with neighbours meeting neighbours and returned visitors catching up on news and some First-timers amazed at the happenings and there was even an engagement. Monaghan Civil Defence, Victor and Martin in the support boat, delicious soup from Castle Leslie, Murphy Video Services, Rory from the Northern Standard and Edelle for emyvale.net were all there as they have been for decades now. However there were people, synonymous with the swim, who were missing as they have passd to their eternal reward and we remembered them. This year was also a special year as it marked the 50th anniversary of the first unofficial swim by a couple of local lads in 1968. A few individuals had taken the plunge a year or two previously. Then in 1979 the local Scoutmaster, Benny McKenna, organised an official sponsored Swim with 50% of takings going to the Donagh Scout Unit and the other 50% going to a local charity which always had something to do with health matters. After Benny’s death the late Dan Rogan continued organising and with the demise of the Scout Unit the money raised was directed to the Intellectually disabled. This means that 2019 will mark the Official 40th Anniversary of the Sponsore Swims and the occasion will be marked in a special way by the current organisers - Parents and Friends of the Disabled. They would like to learn who was involved in that first swim, is there anyone, who did the swim then, still doing the swim, and who has done the most sponsored swims. Paul McGlade, on behalf of the organisers, thanked everyone involved in the organising the 2018 event and all who took part and all who contributed to the fund. Seamus McAree, on behalf of Donagh Development Association, who has been responsible for the construction and maintenance of the fantastic Emy Lake Walkway, presented a donation to Joe Derwin, Chairperson of the Parents and Friends. This was from the money raised by the Stetson Walk earlier in 2018. The organisers also presented a DVD compilation of the swims since 1984, produced by Murphy Video Services, to those, or the families of those, who have been long-term supporters of and/or participants in the Swim. That is a DVD worth seeing and you can contact Murphy’s Video. All in all 2018 was another great success and a marvellous way of celebrating Christmas Day. The fresh air also gives one a great appetite.
We wish a long and happy life together to the couple above who got engaged on Christmas Day
Here is Moira Brummett who at 90 years of age wanted to come to Emy Lake to see the Christmas Day Swim and enjoyed herself. We wish her many more years of coming to Emy for the