CARRICK EMMETS CHRISTMAS DAY SWIM PARTICIPANTS BRAVE COLD WATERS FOR 32ND YEAR!

4 January 2013 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

The 2012 Carrick Emmets Christmas Day Swim at Creevy Lake, the 32nd one of its kind, in aid of local charities was a great success, Jimmy Finnegan told The Northern Standard.
Each of the 122 participants had no trouble staying cool this yule either, as the water was apparently very cold just after noon on December 25th!
Participation was up on last year and Jimmy wished to thank all the swimmers, and welcome 22 new ones on board from local schools: the Patrician High School, St. Louis Secondary School, Inver College and St. Joseph’s Boys School.
Organisers would also like to thank those who provided refreshments and helped out in any way.
Check presentations will follow shortly, but some sponsorship cards are still outstanding. Money can be lodged into the Swim account in Carrickmacross Credit Union or given to any Carrick Emmets committee member.
Christmas swim stalwarts include Terry Kiernan and twins Peter and Paddy Gollogly, who have never missed one. Jim Connolly and Gordon Finnegan are hot on their heels though and David O’Rourke is not too far behind them either.
Good causes that have benefitted over the years include: Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, diabetes, CT Scanner Fund, Cystic Fibrosis, St. Mary’s Hospital Castleblayney, Steadfast House, Friends of the Mentally Handicapped, Carrickmacross Swimming Committee, Carrickmacross Sub-Aqua, St. Vincent dePaul, Multiple Sclerosis, Carrickmacross Social Services, Carrickmacross Lions Club, Renal Dialysis Unit, St. John’s Ward (Oncology), Solas Unit at St. Oliver Plunkett’s NS.
Proceeds from the 2012 swim will benefit Muscular Dystrophy Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis, Guide Dogs for Autism in conjunction with Carrick Lions Club and Solas Unit at St. Oliver Plunkett’s NS.
This year’s charitable donations will be handed over to the aforementioned worthy causes at a cheque presentation soon. Watch this space for further details.

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