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Kinsale RNLI welcomes €5,000 donation from Sandycove Swimmers

Kinsale RNLI welcomes €5,000 donation from Sandycove Swimmers and reinforces sea safety message ahead of Bank Holiday weekend. Volunteers at Kinsale RNLI were delighted to receive a generous donation of €5,044 from local Sandycove Island Swim Club, after club members vowed to match public donations with funding from their own resources.

The club boasts an impressive 20 English Channel solo swimmers among its membership, along with a hardy band of ‘just dipping’ newcomers introduced to the joys of open water swimming during the Covid-19 lockdown. Kinsale RNLI boat crew member Colum O’Sullivan, himself a Sandycove Swimmer, said: ‘The public response was superb and reflects the importance of the RNLI in every coastal community around Ireland. As we head into the Bank Holiday weekend, we urge everyone to follow the Sandycove Swimmers and adhere to the safety guidelines issued by the RNLI and the Irish Coast Guard.

Never Swim Alone

. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

. Check the weather and tides and familiarise yourself with local currents.

. Carry a reliable means of communication in a waterproof pouch.

Kinsale RNLI volunteer Colum O’Sullivan accepts a donation of €5044 from Riana Parsons and Aidan O’Herlihy of the Sandycove Island Swim Club. Picture. John Allen

We would also like to thank Cork County Council for maintaining great public amenities like Sandycove, and while we do follow all safety advice, it’s reassuring to know that the RNLI and other emergency services are on call 24/7 over what will be a very busy Bank Holiday weekend.’

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