The annual Nore Swim will be held in the city on Saturday despite work on the new bridge and the protests surrounding it.
A temporary ramp has been constructed at the old swimming pool, Michael Street from where swimmers will enter the river after the usual access point, under Green’s Bridge was closed off because of ongoing work on the new bridge.
The water levels on the Nore are expected to recede by the weekend but Mick Power and his team are keeping a close eye on the river. With the weather expected to pick up from Wednesday, the race should go ahead without any difficulty at 11am on Saturday.
Participants must be at least 13 years old and there is no upper age limit which means that octogenarian, Billy Dalton will almost certainly take part.
Proceeds will go to Carlow-Kilkenny Home Care Team and The Good Shepherd Centre, Kilkenny. You can register on the day, before the race from 10am onwards at the city library, John’s Quay or you can download an application form and sponsorship card at www.noreswim.com
Forms are also available from the following outlets around the city: Recharge Cartridges, Irishtown; Collins’ Shoes, High Street; Gaule’s Butchers, Dean Street and Kilkenny County Council offices, County Hall, John Street.
A presentation of medals will be held afterwards in the Set Theatre, John Street, John Street at 1pm, sponsored by Mr Eamon Langton.
Over €50,000 has been donated to local causes by Kilkenny Water Safety from the proceeds of the Nore Swim over the last nine years.