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Dunmore East RNLI Annual Open Water Swim 2017

Lifeboats News Release

This year’s Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim will take place on Saturday 20 May.

The start of the 2016 Dunmore East RNLI open water swim

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The start of the 2016 Dunmore East RNLI open water swim

The swim will be located at the slip behind the Waterford Harbour Sailing Club in Dunmore East, with the first swim starting at 12.30 noon. The three swims will be over distances of 1600m, 800m and a junior swim of 500m. As the demand for and interest in different sporting events increases, the fundraising branch of Dunmore East RNLI is keen once again to host a major event that would see people take part in a rewarding and challenging open water swim.

Speaking at the launch, Dunmore East RNLI crewmember Neville Murphy said, ‘We had such a successful event last we are really looking forward to this year’s event. We live in one of the most beautiful parts of the country with a stunning coastline, and it is the perfect location for this type of event. Let’s hope the weather is as good as last year and we have as many participants, which in turn will help us raise funds for the RNLI and their life-saving work.’

We are delighted to have Activate and Lidl as our main co-sponsors and this year’s event will have a real family atmosphere with balloon making, face painting with much more children’s entertainment and a BBQ for everyone. All prize giving will take place in newly refurbished Waterford Harbour Sailing Club after the completion of all three swims where music entertainment will be provided by DJ Frankie McAvoy.

For more information about the Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim and to register online go to www.athleticstiming.com. Entry costs €25.

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Neville Murphy, Dunmore East volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0876961832, email nevilleskibb@gmail.com or contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or 018900460 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

The 2016 Dunmore East RNLI open water swim

RNLI/Dunmore East

The 2016 Dunmore East RNLI open water swim

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