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Christmas Day Swim 2021. The annual Christmas Day swim at Emy Lake, organised by Parents and Friends- Monaghan Branch was cancelled due to the current level of coronavirus.  This is a huge disappointment as it is one of our major fundraising events for the year. a diverse range of swimmers, from strong to those now listed in the vulnerable category, always participate in the event. The committee shares in their disappointment and that of their families, friends and local community.  The risks to public health are too great and the committee again this year is erring on the side of safety.  We look forward to resuming next year.  In the meantime, everybody keep safe and enjoy the festive season and new year with family and friends. On Christmas Day 1968 Paddy and Gay Murphy, Pullis, and members of the Morrough family, with a few others, went for a swim in Emy Lake and thus began what became an annual event - The Christmas Day Swim at Emy Lake. In the following years some other local brave souls joined with the original group to make it an annual fun activity. Then in 1978 the Late Benny McKenna, Boy Scout leader, decided to organise a Sponsored Swim at 1pm Christmas Day and the event blossomed and grew in size and popularity. The success of this ensured it for every year and Castle Leslie soup was an added bonus on a cold Christmas morning as swimmers returned from the waters and spectators stood around supporting the swimmers and chatting with neighbours. On Benny’s death the Late Dan Rogan took the reins and continued to organise the event and on his death Paul McGlade took over. During Benny’s time the proceeds were always divided between the Scout Unit and another local charity or good cause and indeed Monaghan General Hospital was a recipient on more than one occasion. However it then became an important fundraiser for Parents and Friends of Persons with Intellectual Disability and became more than just a swim as hundreds gathered for the fun, the chat and the opportunity to meet friends and neighbours and wish each other a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year, It was also an opportunity to meet people who were home on holiday or had married during the previous year but there was always a terrific social atmosphere and many stayed on chatting and enjoying the soup well after the swim itself. For the swim the numbers taking the plunge were always close on 100 while another 100 or so made up the spectators. The Christmas Swim at 1pm on Christmas morning became an institution in itself and so many looked forward to it. Then along comes Covid and the 2020 Swim had to be cancelled due to restrictions and health safety requirements but all looked forward to a resumption in 2021. Hopes were dashed when Omicron appeared and again for health and safety reasons the Parents and Friends had to postpone once again. Disappointment was expressed by so many but health and safety came first. On both occasions, 2020 and 2021, people turned up and took the plunge as Christmas day would not be the same without it while others enjoyed the thrill and the fun attached and so went for the dip in their own time. This year as very other year the original founders are remembered and the Murphy family have been participants every year since 1968. This year and last year the family has been represented by Ryan Murphy, Pullis, who has continued the tradition and continued the connection between his family and the event. We were there to record Ryan’s swim and while there a few others turned up and we recorded their swim as well. We are also aware that we missed a family party who had been at the lake earlier and we are sure there were a few more brave people who had to have a Christmas Day swim.
The O’Brien and Nesbitt families.
Barry McGuirk
Francie Duffy
Ryan Murphy
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Christmas Day Swim 2021. The annual Christmas Day swim at Emy Lake, organised by Parents and Friends- Monaghan Branch was cancelled due to the current level of coronavirus.  This is a huge disappointment as it is one of our major fundraising events for the year. a diverse range of swimmers, from strong to those now listed in the vulnerable category, always participate in the event. The committee shares in their disappointment and that of their families, friends and local community.  The risks to public health are too great and the committee again this year is erring on the side of safety.  We look forward to resuming next year.  In the meantime, everybody keep safe and enjoy the festive season and new year with family and friends. On Christmas Day 1968 Paddy and Gay Murphy, Pullis, and members of the Morrough family, with a few others, went for a swim in Emy Lake and thus began what became an annual event - The Christmas Day Swim at Emy Lake. In the following years some other local brave souls joined with the original group to make it an annual fun activity. Then in 1978 the Late Benny McKenna, Boy Scout leader, decided to organise a Sponsored Swim at 1pm Christmas Day and the event blossomed and grew in size and popularity. The success of this ensured it for every year and Castle Leslie soup was an added bonus on a cold Christmas morning as swimmers returned from the waters and spectators stood around supporting the swimmers and chatting with neighbours. On Benny’s death the Late Dan Rogan took the reins and continued to organise the event and on his death Paul McGlade took over. During Benny’s time the proceeds were always divided between the Scout Unit and another local charity or good cause and indeed Monaghan General Hospital was a recipient on more than one occasion. However it then became an important fundraiser for Parents and Friends of Persons with Intellectual Disability and became more than just a swim as hundreds gathered for the fun, the chat and the opportunity to meet friends and neighbours and wish each other a Happy Christmas and peaceful New Year, It was also an opportunity to meet people who were home on holiday or had married during the previous year but there was always a terrific social atmosphere and many stayed on chatting and enjoying the soup well after the swim itself. For the swim the numbers taking the plunge were always close on 100 while another 100 or so made up the spectators. The Christmas Swim at 1pm on Christmas morning became an institution in itself and so many looked forward to it. Then along comes Covid and the 2020 Swim had to be cancelled due to restrictions and health safety requirements but all looked forward to a resumption in 2021. Hopes were dashed when Omicron appeared and again for health and safety reasons the Parents and Friends had to postpone once again. Disappointment was expressed by so many but health and safety came first. On both occasions, 2020 and 2021, people turned up and took the plunge as Christmas day would not be the same without it while others enjoyed the thrill and the fun attached and so went for the dip in their own time. This year as very other year the original founders are remembered and the Murphy family have been participants every year since 1968. This year and last year the family has been represented by Ryan Murphy, Pullis, who has continued the tradition and continued the connection between his family and the event. We were there to record Ryan’s swim and while there a few others turned up and we recorded their swim as well. We are also aware that we missed a family party who had been at the lake earlier and we are sure there were a few more brave people who had to have a Christmas Day swim.