Swimmers take a dip in the Suir to raise funds for South Tipp Hospice

Sixty swimmers from all over the country flocked to Carrick-on-Suir last Saturday afternoon to take part in the annual Barry McCarthy Memorial Swim in the River Suir.

Sixty swimmers from all over the country flocked to Carrick-on-Suir last Saturday afternoon to take part in the annual Barry McCarthy Memorial Swim in the River Suir.

The charity swim attracted competitors from as far as Dublin, Cork and Limerick as well as a large contingent of locals, many of whom used the event as preparation for the Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon this Sunday.

The event included a parents and childrens race as well as mens and women’s races over 500m, 750m and 1500m.

Neil Bolger from the Pulse Triathlon Club in Dublin was the star of the day winning the three men’s swim races.

Race organiser Gary McCarthy said the event raised about E2,000 for South Tipperary Hospice Movement and they hope to hand over the cheque to a hospice representative at the Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon.

Gary said they were very pleased with the turnout for the swim considering there was a lot of other events on the same day including a marathon in Waterford and a major triathlon in Athlone while some members of Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon Club were in Austria competing in an iron man contest.

The Memorial Swim is named after the late Barry McCarthy, Gary’s twin brother, who passed away in 2009. Barry along with Gary were the founders of the event and after his death it was decided to name the event after him.

It is organised each summer before the Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon by Barry’s family and friends and the Carrick-on-Suir Social & Literary Club of which Barry was a member.

Gary paid tribute to all involved in organising the swim and thanked Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue, Carrick-on-Suir Town Council and local traders for their support.

Meanwhile, more than 200 competitors are expected to take part in the Carrick-on-Suir Triathlon, which commences at Sean Healy Park in Carrick-on-Suir on Sunday at 11am.