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If you happened to be over on Tragumna last Saturday evening you would have seen the Tragumna 2.5k wild swim take place. Organised by the Lough Hyne Lappers, and strictly for the masochistic, this event gets categorized under “bonkers”.

Does anybody look at the weather forecast?

It was a grim, grey, evening with rain about to descend in biblical proportions. The heating was being turned back on in many homes in the area that evening!
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The wind was howling onto the beach and spectators huddled behind the lifeguard hut. Even the lifeguards were huddled behind their own hut.

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There was commendable back up and support for the swimmers apart from the lifeguards. A team of kayaks were on duty in case any swimmer felt overcome with exhaustion.

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One felt somewhat sorry for the swimmers as they stood around hoping somebody with sanity would just call the event off.

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This was not to be ……..and about 50 normally sensible adults entered the ocean and swam. Respect!

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Even the children of these Wild Swimmers could not wait to participate.


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Yes, Tragumna last Saturday evening was a humbling experience if you were standing on dry land watching these wild swimmers.  Well done to all who participated!

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