Ardmore Christmas Day swim raises €3,439 for Youghal RNLI
Youghal RNLI volunteers have been presented with a cheque for €3,439.60 from the organisers of the Ardmore Christmas Day swim.
This event was first organised 22 years ago in 1997, and has successfully ran every Christmas Day since. The swim is always well supported by the local community and last year’s was no exception.
The swimmers met on the beach at Ardmore at 12.15pm on Christmas Day in dry but chilly conditions and made the dash into the water for a quick dip before heading back to the beach for a hot drink.
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat, Gordon and Phil, and her volunteer crew were there on the day to oversee the safety of the swimmers.
Derry Walsh, Youghal RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager said: ‘We would like to send our thanks to everyone who came out on Christmas Day and took part in the swim, and a special thank you to those who have organised the swim over the last 22 years. The RNLI depend on the generousity of the public to save lives at sea, and this donation will help to ensure our lifeboat and crew are always ready when they are called upon.’
Photo 1: From left, Siobhan Murray, Kieran Fitzgerald, April Dunne and Ann Murray organisers of the Ardmore Christmas Day swim.
Photo 2: Organisers of the Ardmore Christmas Day swim and volunteers from Youghal RNLI.
RNLI media contacts
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.