Almost 180 people took to the River Nore on Saturday afternoon for the annual Nore Swim and in doing so raised over E5,000 for one of the best charities operating locally.
Unlike other years, many didn’t bother with wet suits and went in their normal swimming gear although they swam harder because of the lack of current in the river.
It was an especially proud day for the Daltons on the Freshford Road, Kilkenny with three generations taking the plunge in aid of the Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care Team. Billy, aged 88, Denis in his mid-forties and his son, primary school student Denis (jnr) covered the 780 metres between Greensbridge and John’s Bridge quickly and safely.
Chief organiser, Michael Power was delighted with the attendance and with the 14 bucket collectors organised by Cllr Jane Galwey who also did the swim.
Mr Power paid tribute to all the volunteers from Kilkenny Water Safety and chief steward Breda Collins and her team of lifeguards, Kilkenny Canoe Club, Kilkenny Sub Aqua Club, Order of Malta and many others who gave up their Saturday afternoon for charity. One of the biggest rounds of applause was saved for Dr Ian Wilson the man who along with a number of others founded the Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care Team 25 years ago. He completed the swim without any bother.
It was a joyous occasion and everyone received a Liam Costigan designed medal and refreshments in The Set Theatre afterwards.
“We were delighted with the turn-out and we hope that even more people will get involved next year making it an even more fun event,” Michael Power said.