Top model Roz Purcell was among close to 100 hardy swimmers from all over Ireland, who competed in the Barry McCarthy Memorial Swims in the Suir at Sean Healy Park in Carrick last Sunday afternoon.
The fourth annual event in memory of the late Barry McCarthy, a native of Pearse Square in Carrick-on-Suir, raised an estimated €2500 for South Tipperary Hospice.
Barry McCarthy ran the first charity swim with his twin brother Gary before his untimely death from cancer. Gary, who now runs the event in conjunction with Carrick-on-Suir’s Social & Literary Club ,said he was “absolutely over the moon” with the record turnout for this year’s three swim races over 500m, 750m and 1500m.
Many of the participants used the event as a training session for next Sunday’s Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon. Cork teenager James Mintern won all three mens races emulating his brother Chris’ feat at the event a few years ago. Bernadette Power from Waterford was the overall winner of the women’s races. They and the other prize winners were presented with their prizes at a barbecue at the Social & Literary Club after the swims.