Christmas Day swim in Castleconnell is cancelled

Donal O’Regan

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Donal O’Regan

Last year's Christmas morning swim at Castleconnell, organised by Lisnagry FC
LISNAGRY FC has cancelled their Christmas Day swim at World’s End, Castleconnell on health and safety grounds.

LISNAGRY FC has cancelled their Christmas Day swim at World’s End, Castleconnell on health and safety grounds.

The decision was made at a meeting on Tuesday evening. It has been rescheduled for Easter Sunday at 1pm.

Ed Bourke, Lisnagry FC chairman, said first and foremost in their minds is the welfare of those brave enough to take the plunge.

“The river is still too high. We have put it back for health and safety,” said Ed, who thanked everybody who has sponsored swimmers thus far.

This isn’t the first time that their festive swim has had to be cancelled due to the flooding. In 2009 it was put back to Valentine’s Day.

Meanwhile, an Irish Water Safety spokesperson said a full moon will bring extra hazards to swimmers.

“The Christmas season is a time when thousands of people around the country will take to our waters to support sponsored swims for charitable causes. This year we have a full moon on Christmas Day which is the first time we have experienced this since 1977 and the next time will be in 2034. This will cause strong tidal streams around our coast and cause rip currents to increase in strength and speed,” said the spokesperson.