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Thursday January 01 1970

CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim 2011.

category national | rights, freedoms and repression | event notice author Sunday October 16, 2011 20:44author by Sharon. - Individual. Report this post to the editors

An annual fundraiser for the families of Irish POW's.

This coming December 25th will mark the 35th consecutive CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim in the Grand Canal , Inchicore , Dublin !
" I'm gonna have to knee him into the water......" CABHAIR Christmas  Swim , 25th December 2010 , Dublin.
" I'm gonna have to knee him into the water......" CABHAIR Christmas Swim , 25th December 2010 , Dublin.

Hi ! It began - properly structured and organised - in 1976 ,as a ‘fundraiser with a difference’ , combined with the need to gain extra publicity for a situation which was then - as now - making world headlines . Those that sat down together in early September 1976 to tighten-up the then ‘hit-and-miss’ affair were a dedicated team who fully understood that to fail in their business would not only bring derision on them and the issue they sought to highlight , but would give their enemy a publicity coup which they would exploit to the fullest extent . With that in mind , the team persevered - favours were called-in , guarantees were secured , provisions obtained and word dispatched to like-minded individuals in the near-locale . At the appointed time on the agreed day - 12 Noon , Christmas Day 1976 - a soon-to-be 35-years-young event was ‘born’……. The CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim is , thankfully , still going strong and will be , as mentioned , 35-years-young on December 25th next! Sponsored Swim * Christmas Day * 12 Noon * Grand Canal * 3rd Lough* Inchicore* Dublin* Pics and a write-up re the 2010 Swim can be seen at the 'Related Link' below.

All Welcome!

Thanks,

 Sharon.

Related Link: http://11sixtynine.blogsome.com/2010/12/26/cabhair-christmas-swim-25th-december-2010/
author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Mon Dec 05, 2011 23:31author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

 CABHAIR have confirmed five (heavily-sponsored!) swimmers , so far , with another two 'probables' and one 'possible' : also confirmed is the arrival of 'Santa' , mince pies , swans in 'attack mode' and evil elves 'guarding' the gateway !

It's looking like this year's Swim will be as successful as the thirty-four that have gone before it , and all in aid of thirty-two..... ;-)

I'll post more updates here re the Swim as soon as I get same.

Thanks,

Sharon.

"He says he's been here since last year.......! "
"He says he's been here since last year.......! "

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Tue Dec 13, 2011 22:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

Six swimmers have now been confirmed for the Inchicore Swim , and CABHAIR have also organised Christmas Day swims in Wexford and Armagh : details to follow.

Thanks!

Sharon.

" I'd much rather be in Wexford. Or Armagh.....! "
" I'd much rather be in Wexford. Or Armagh.....! "

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Wed Dec 14, 2011 20:53author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

The CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim in County Wexford will see six swimmers take to the water at Rosslare Strand at 11am , with the County Armagh Swim going ahead at 12 Noon in Craigavon Lake - proof positive that it's not only we Dubs that are crazy.....!

Thanks,

Sharon.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Sun Dec 18, 2011 17:30author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi ! Two swimmers have been confirmed for the CABHAIR, Swim in Craigavon , unless any are still in there from last year...... Thanks, Sharon.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Mon Dec 26, 2011 13:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi ! The 35th consecutive CABHAIR Christmas Swim was held , as planned, yesterday in Inchicore , Dublin - on what was , compared to last year , a fine Summer's day ! Five sponsored swimmers took to the water (with 3 doing the same in Craigavon Lake and 5 in Wexford) , with one early 'casualty' who wasn't allowed by the Organisers to take part , for possible health reasons. Also , Santa was in great form , despite a twenty-five minute delay forced on him by armed State thugs , and a man with a guitar entertained the crowd in competition with twin-speakers blasting out Irish Rebel songs : in between all of which money was raised for Republican prisoners..... More at the 'Related Link' below , including a few pics and a link to three 'Swim' videos and over eighty additional pics ! Thanks , Sharon.

All won Gold , but wrapped themselves in 'Silver' !
All won Gold , but wrapped themselves in 'Silver' !

Santa was 'delayed' , but eventually 'hip-hopped' his way to the Swim....
Santa was 'delayed' , but eventually 'hip-hopped' his way to the Swim....

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com/2011/12/cabhair-christmas-swim-25th-december.html
author by drangeapublication date Mon Dec 26, 2011 15:19author address author phone Report this post to the editors

prisoners?

author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Mon Dec 26, 2011 15:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

.....prisoners. As stated in the piece. Thanks anyway ! Sharon.

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author by M. Brody - -publication date Mon Dec 26, 2011 16:47author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Well done to the swimmers in Dublin, (and Wexford Armagh) as well as the organisers for the swims for Republican prisoners/cabhair

author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Mon Dec 26, 2011 17:16author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi M. Brody ! Thanks for your comment - appreciated ! And it gives me the chance to 'butt' in and add that each of the five swimmers in Dublin was presented with a hankie from the prisoners in Portlaoise , and a raffle for a bodhrón was held between the swimmers after they had earned their money - the winner was Dougie , one of the regular swimmers for CABHAIR. Thanks again , Sharon.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Sharon. - Individual.publication date Fri Dec 30, 2011 21:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Our blog was emailed a few pics from the CABHAIR Swim in Wexford , but only the following one was deemed suitable for publication - the rest of the pics showed the five lads in various stages of dress and distress as it finally dawned on them that 'the beach' was not , alas , the new nickname for the local , heated, swimming pool....... ;-) ! Also - our 'non-swimmer' in Dublin spent the last four days contacting those who had sponsored him , and offered them their money back (Declan was unable to fulfill his side of the bargain , for health reasons) : not one person asked for the few bob to be returned to them , asking, instead, for it to be donated to Cabhair ! Much appreciated , folks - grma ! Thanks, Sharon.

CABHAIR Swim , Wexford - 25/12/2011 . Five swimmers seek shelter behind a banner.....!
CABHAIR Swim , Wexford - 25/12/2011 . Five swimmers seek shelter behind a banner.....!

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
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