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Friends of Danny Crowley Swim Honoured

The ‘friends of Danny Crowley’, Christmas Swim organisers, have been deservedly selected as the January’s ‘Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Award’ winners. As the first monthly recipient of 2022, they will now be a part of the overall judging for the year.

Since 2013, the ‘friends of Danny Crowley’ have been fundraising for the Mercy Hospital Foundation to go towards the Children’s Leukaemia unit. Following Danny’s untimely passing after a long battle with leukaemia in 2013 at age 12, his friends and family set up the Danny Crowley Christmas Swim as their way of remembering him while also raising funds for the Mercy Kids and Teens appeal.

In memory of a much-loved young boy, every Christmas Day taking place on Myrtleville beach, many people take the plunge into the icy waters to raise funds for the hospital. Since the annual swim began, over €150,000 has been raised for the young patients at the Mercy Hospital.

As the annual fundraising tradition continues to grow, starting out with 40 brave people battling the cold, has now reached to over 500 swimmers. The event even successfully went virtual during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Crowley Swim Honoured Katie Crowley with the montlhy Community Spirit Award for January which she received along with other members of the Danny Crowley Memorial Swim Organising Committee. Included at rear, standing from left, Donal Crowley, Jack Lonergan, Eoghan Riordan, Scott Lonergan and Eoghan Murphy, Cork International Hotel. Kneeling in front, from left, Shane Moran and Michael Cohalan. Picture: Adrian O'Herlihy

When asked about the difference the phenomenal funds have made, Danny’s mum Majella had said that the “the Mercy Paediatric Outreach Oncology Nursing Service (POONS) and the entire team in the Children’s Leukaemia unit provided invaluable support to Daniel and our family when Daniel was undergoing his treatment. They went the extra mile and we all appreciated the huge difference it made. We want to ensure other families can continue to avail of this service”.

General manager of the Cork International Hotel, Eoghan Murphy said, “The Danny Crowley Christmas Swim, organised by his loving friends and family, is a remarkable event and an amazing tribute to a much loved young boy. It is fantastic to see the growing number of people willing to take the cold plunge in aid of such an important charity. This annual fundraiser has made a huge difference to the lives of the young patients and their families at the Mercy Hospital”.

The Cork International Hotel Community Spirit Awards are sponsored by The Carrigdhoun Newspaper and Gerald McCarthy Giftware.

The judging panel for the Community Spirit Awards are comprised of a mixture of representatives from the public and private sector within the community.

The judging panel for this award was;

  • Carmel Lonergan Group Director of Operations, Trigon Hotels

  • Nicola Radley Senior Executive Officer, Municipal District Operations & Rural Development at Cork County Council

  • Aisling Killilea Bank of Ireland Manager Carrigaline and Douglas

  • Vincent O'Donovan and Jack White The Carrigdhoun Newspaper

Nominations are now open for next month's awards at: .

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