West Cork’s life savers compete well at National Championships

Cork Surf Life Saving Junior, Senior and Masters teams Cork Master. Tom O'Herlihy from Clonakilty (purple tshirt front right) was also presented with a Gold Medal in the 100m Obstacle Race. (Pic Alice Crowley)

Posted on: 8th March, 2016

Category: Sport & Fitness

Contributor: West Cork People

The two-day National Life Saving Championships took place in the University of Limerick 50m pool on February 13 and 14 and gave 310 of the best Life Savers in Ireland an opportunity to compete in conditions that life savers can encounter in real-life rescue situations. The sport of Life Saving promotes fitness and teaches participants the key skills necessary to rescue people in distress in water.

The Individual and Team events are varied and challenging with competitors swimming under immersed obstacles, rope throwing, rescuing ‘conscious casualties’ at the surface or ‘unconscious casualties’ placed three meters under the surface and bringing them quickly to shore using a variety of skills and rescue equipment.

As this multi-disciplined sport continues to grow, competitors from Clonakilty and Dunmanway, ranging in age from 13 to 54, represented West Cork. While all teams competed well, once again it was the Cork Masters team that excelled, beating off stiff competition from all over Ireland to retain the All Ireland Indoor Championship title that they won in 2015.

The Cork Masters team set five new Irish Records, including three for Jean Luc Morales, one for Bridget Lehane Walsh and one for Lisa Lillywhite, all from Clonakilty.

At the moment the Club is training their youngest competitors who range in age from 7 to 14 (Nippers). These Nippers will represent Cork and compete in Munster and All Ireland Indoor competitions in March and April.

2016 is also a World Championship year and the club is in the process of organising and training teams to compete for Cork at Youth, Senior and Master levels in The Netherlands in September. For more information contact Justin Crowley on (086) 8915219.

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Submarines, American Sailors, and the Underwater War in Irish Waters, 1917-1918
by Dr John Borgonovo in The Parish Centre, Clonakilty
on Thursday Oct 26 2017 at 8.30 pm

In 1917, unrestricted submarine warfare by German U-boats brought the United States into WWI and created a crisis in Britain. To defeat the submarine menace, an American naval fleet was dispatched to County Cork, bringing about 10,000 sailors with it. This talk will explain the circumstances of this extraordinary event, and how Cork residents dealt with their unexpected American guests.

Dr John Borgonovo is a lecturer in the School of History at UCC. His publications include Spies, Informers, and the 'Anti-Sinn Féin' Society: The Intelligence War in Cork City, 1920-1921; The Dynamics of War and Revolution: Cork City, 1916-1918; Exercising a close vigilance over their daughters: Cork women, American sailors, and Catholic vigilantes, 1917-18; Something in the Nature of a Massacre: The Bandon Valley Killings Revisited (with Andy Bielenberg). His latest publication (with co-authors John Crowley, Donal Ó Drisceoil and Mike Murphy) is the highly acclaimed and magnificient Atlas of the Irish Revolution. In July of this year, he organised a very successful conference on Winning the Western Approaches - Unrestricted Submarine Warfare and the US Navy in Ireland 1917-1918.
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Apple Juicing Day in Clonakilty next Sunday Sept 30th. All welcome to bring their apples from 2-6pm to the Clonakilty Community Garden (on entrance road to Clonakilty Lodge).

Building on the success of its inaugural 2016 event, local voluntary environmental organisation Sustainable Clonakilty invites people to bring along their apples and press them to extract their own juice to take home, using the group's Apple Press.

Volunteers will be at hand to assist in the procedure. Bring along your apples washed; clean containers to freeze your juice (milk/juice bottles or cartons, plastic bottles with caps); clean, sterilised glass bottles to pasteurise with swing caps or suitable for 26 mm diameter metal cap.

A limited number of new 3 litres juice bags that are suitable for freezing and pasteurising, can be purchased for a nominal fee on the day also.

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