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National - Event Notice
Thursday December 25 2008
11:59 AM

32 Years Under Water....

category national | history and heritage | event notice author Saturday October 04, 2008 18:16author by Sharon . - Individual . Report this post to the editors

....or 'A Swim For Each County!'

The Annual CABHAIR Christmas Morning Swim in the Grand Canal in Inchicore , Dublin , will be held as usual this December 25th ....
A Christmas snack after his 'shower' !
A Christmas snack after his 'shower' !



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 32-years-young event was ‘born’…….
The CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim is , thankfully , still going strong and will be , as mentioned , 32-years-young on December 25th next!
Photographs of last years event can be viewed here-
https://www.indymedia.ie/article/85620?userlanguage=ga&...=true
- and , if you can’t make it to the actual swim itself , you might consider posting a donation to the following address (please note that all monies raised goes to the republican prisoners themselves and to their families - no expenses or admin fees etc are removed) :
CABHAIR
Irish Republican Prisoners Dependants Fund
223 Parnell Street,
Dublin 1,
Ireland.

Thank You,
Go Raibh Maith Agat.
Sharon.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by larrypublication date Thu Oct 16, 2008 15:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

me and my dad always went to this but i'll be there with just my own kids this year as my dad died two months ago
he brought us to the canel christmas swim from when we were only toddlers and me and the kids will be thinking of him at this years swim
i'm glad that this is still been held as christmas day wouldnt be the same with out it
thanks to the organisers
see you's on the day

author by Sharon. - Individual .publication date Thu Oct 16, 2008 18:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi Larry -

That is just so sad - I can only imagine the emotions that will hit you at the swim this year : you remembering and missing your Da , your kids remembering and missing their Grandad .
I can't say any more at this point except thanks for writing that post .

Sharon.

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Mary O'Connorpublication date Tue Oct 21, 2008 03:59author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It is not sad, it is a beautiful way of remembering the awesome time well spent with dad. When your children grow up and bring their children, they will relive the stories and events well spent with you. It is a beautiful family tradition. Be sure to relive the memories and tell them the stories embeded in your heart. Dad's not very far away. His love is always with you.

author by larrypublication date Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:15author address author phone Report this post to the editors

a good few of us from clondalkin will be at this and we go every year
theres a great atmosphre and its something different to do on xmas day and it helps keep the north issue in peoples mind as a lot of people think that its settled

see ye then

author by Sharon. - Individualpublication date Thu Dec 04, 2008 20:42author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi Larry !

I know most of the lads from Clondalkin that go to the Swim each year - one of them (Martin G) brings his kids and my girls and Martin's kids have a 'grand re-union' on the banks of the Grand Canal each Christmas morning !
Everything seems to be on track for this event - the organisers have told me that the swimmers are in training (cold showers every morning!) , the 'lemonade' and crisps etc from the local shopkeepers have been secured, and contact has been made with Santa Claus who will hopefully grace us with his presence for an hour or two !
Thanks for the comment , Larry : see you then !

Sharon.

Head Case , Head First !
Head Case , Head First !

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by repamerpublication date Tue Dec 09, 2008 06:34author address author phone Report this post to the editors

i recieved this in my email inbox the other day if you know any one in the states who is interested in helping
the young ones of irish political prisoners this christmas please pass this notice on
best of luck to all involved in the swim and well done to all who support it

CHRISTMAS APPEAL
www.irishfreedom.net

Thanks to everyone who over the past year has contributed to
the IRPAS Sustainer. Your help is greatly appreciated by the
dependants and family members of the Republican Political
Prisoners held on both sides of England’s border in Ireland.

The Annual CABHAIR Christmas Swim will again be held this
year on Christmas morning at the Grand Canal in Inchicore,
Dublin. This year marks the 32nd Anniversary of this event.
The theme for 2008 is:

“A Year for all 32 Counties”.

Over the last few years, here in America we have had a growing interest in support and sponsorship for those who take the chilly morning plunge to the assist the prisoners’ families.

Hopefully this year we will have even more support for this worthy cause. Currently there are dozens of political prisoners being held in English and Irish jails for their belief in a 32 County Republic, as a free and sovereign Nation.

Political prisoners need our help!

With the holiday season fast approaching, many families will benefit from your donation – any amount - in support of the annual CABHAIR Swim. Your contribution means something truly special to them, especially in days such as these. Please help assist them if you are at all able.
If you have been meaning to contribute all year, make this the time to do so.

If you had not considered it, please do so now and remember that the dollars sent in will help to raise the spirits of a family - who have sacrificed themselves to raise the spirits of a Nation.

As an added incentive, the first 24 people to send donations to
the NIFC in the amount of $100 or more will receive in return a
special ornament handcrafted by one of our members. It is a
beautiful decoration for any home all year round.

Nollaig shona agaibh go léir!

Please make checks out to Cumann Na Saoirse and mail to
NIFC P.O. Box 77108, Woodside, N.Y. 11377

more information www.irishfreedom.net

to view ornament follow link below

http://irishfreedom.net/Misc.%20news%20items/Christmas%...l.pdf

Related Link: http://www.irishfreedom.net
author by Sharon. - Individual .publication date Wed Dec 10, 2008 21:09author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi repamer !

Thanks for your post - much appreciated !
You wrote - "As an added incentive, the first 24 people to send donations to
the NIFC in the amount of $100 or more will receive in return a
special ornament handcrafted by one of our members. It is a
beautiful decoration for any home all year round."


Yes , indeed : as with all such Top Class events , this Swim has inspired its own Jewellery Collection : the piece is hand carved, gilded, jeweled, numbered and signed by the Artist involved !
Details on how to obtain same can be seen on this thread -
http://admin2.7.forumer.com/viewtopic.php?t=9704

Remember , Darlings - they're a girl's best friend.... !
;-)

Thanks!

Sharon.

CABHAIR Swim - Jewellery Collection !
CABHAIR Swim - Jewellery Collection !

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by tourmakeadypublication date Sat Dec 13, 2008 07:08author address author phone Report this post to the editors

it appears that the last number on that po box was omitted by mistake the proper address is
for supporters to support the swim and the prisoners is NIFC is P.O. Box 77108, Woodside, N.Y. 11377

Hopefully there will be a good response in support for the prisoners for Christmas.

author by swim fan - nonepublication date Sun Dec 21, 2008 16:23author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Like many not in Dublin I cant attend but always look forward to the report here on indymedia and hopefully Paula Geraghty will be able to post pics again.

best of luck on the swim, lads and thank you so much to everyone in Cabhair and everyone who supports Cabhair in their work!

author by Sharon. - Individual .publication date Sun Dec 21, 2008 21:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi Swim Fan !

Thanks for that message of support - much appreciated !
The lads in Inchicore tell me that they're ready and waiting for Christmas Morning to get the 'show' on the road - at least five sponsored swimmers will be taking the plunge with another three "almost certain" that they'll be doing the same .

Hopefully Paula will be present to do her usual first-class report and photographs , plus there will be two Cabhair photographers present on the day so , from one source or another , we should be able to post some pics on this thread on Christmas Day .

Thanks again!

Slán go fóill anois agus Nollaig Shona ,

Sharon.

Nine went in , but...... ;-)
Nine went in , but...... ;-)

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author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Wed Dec 24, 2008 12:10author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

Don't let this spoil your Christmas - see the 'Related Link' below for the solution...

Thanks!

Sharon.

"Don't worry, Son - there's always the CABHAIR Swim..."
"Don't worry, Son - there's always the CABHAIR Swim..."

Related Link: http://11sixtynine.blogsome.com/2008/12/24/if-santa-cant-make-it/
author by Sharon. - Individual .publication date Fri Dec 26, 2008 10:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

The CABHAIR Swim took place yesterday , for the 32nd consecutive year , and has been well recorded!
We received over thirty pics of same and have published them on various sites , along with a report or two ; they can be viewed at the 'Related Link' below and on these following links -
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/90325

http://11sixtynine.blogsome.com/2008/12/26/cabhair-chri...2008/

http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com/2008_12_21_archive....08440

- Thanks , Sharon.

"I'm not getting out 'till me back is clean....!
"I'm not getting out 'till me back is clean....!

"I found this pearl necklace in there..."
"I found this pearl necklace in there..."

Section of the crowd.
Section of the crowd.

The on-site 'Auctioneer' : evenly-balanced at last!
The on-site 'Auctioneer' : evenly-balanced at last!

"Don't come closer or I'll jump.....!"
"Don't come closer or I'll jump.....!"

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi !

Santa stands guard - booking his place for next year!

Thanks!

Sharon.

Don't fence me in 'cause I'll be back next year....
Don't fence me in 'cause I'll be back next year....

Related Link: http://1169andcounting.blogspot.com
author by larrypublication date Sat Dec 27, 2008 14:41author address author phone Report this post to the editors

great day out on the canal on xmas day
the kids and myself and the mates had a ball
the food and the crisps and minerals and especialy the hot whiskies went down very well!

thanks to all of ye who put it together for all of the rest of us and thanks too for doing it for republicanism

larry

author by Sharon . - Individual .publication date Sat Dec 27, 2008 20:00author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Hi Larry !

Thanks for that , Larry - glad that you and the friends and the kids enjoyed the day : everyone seemed to be having a ball!
I know Cabhair are thrilled with how the event went , and not just because of the amount of money that was raised by it , but because events like that help to keep the Six County issue 'live' with people - there was at least between 150 and 200 people that crossed our path on foot during those few hours , plus the many dozens in cars that slowly drove by , sounding their car-horns in support as they passed .

It was well worth the effort - and 'Thank You' to you , Larry , and those like you , for making the effort and taking the time to get there . It really is appreciated.

Thanks!

Sharon.

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