The Nore swim in aid of the Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care Team will take place tomorrow at 3pm, with registration beginning today at 2pm.
Former Kilkenny person of the year Ian Wilson, who is also chairman of Home Care, is to brave the Nore for the swim in order to raise money to keep the organisation going. Around E200,000 has to be raised each year to ensure that the services are provided, and Home Care also receives money from the HSE and the Irish Cancer Society.
Chairman of the Nore Swim Mick Power praised the work of the Home Care Team, and encouraged as many people as possible to do the swim. Everyone who completes the course will receive a certificate, a medal designed by Liam Costigan as well as refreshments in The Set, John Street afterwards, courtesy of Eamon Langton.
The swim will be supervised by Breda Collins, who is the national chairwoman of Irish Water Safety, and there will be canoes and other rivercraft along the route from Green’s Bridge to John’s Bridge.
“Our own young lifeguards volunteers give their time freely, up to four hours and after finishing go back on duty,” Breda said.
Deputy Mayor John Coonan, who had a plate removed from his back recently, will be doing the swim, as will the News Editor of The Kilkenny People, Sean Keane.