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Launch of Vibes and Scribes Lee Swim 2009


Seated L to R: Ursula Collins, Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Fiona O'Farrell (Vibes and Scribes), Valerie O’Sullivan (Cork City Council), Joe Donnelly (Chairman of the Organising Committee), Lord Mayor Cllr. Dara Murphy, Mary O’Herlihy (Chairperson, Cork Masters Swimming Club); Teresa Dineen (President, Cork Lions Club), Aideen O’Leary (Member of the Organising committee).  Standing  L to R: John Ger O Riordan (Cork CityCouncil), Paschal Horgan (Cork Lions Club) and Donal Hosey (Cork Lions Club)


The City Council is justifiably proud of its association with this year’s 'Vibes and Scribes' Lee Swim and the financial assistance which provided, in addition to the services which the City Council provides, is proof again of the Council's annual commitment to this event which has gone from strength to strength over the past number of years.

The ‘Vibes & Scribes’ Lee Swim 2009 is jointly organised by Cork Masters Swimming Club and Cork Lions Club as an annual charity event. Registration for the Swim has sold out for the first time since the re-launch in 2005. The project which will benefit from funds raised this year (2009) is the Alzheimer Society of Ireland in Bessboro, Mahon.  

Mrs. Jennifer O’Brien has confirmed that she will be donating a new trophy to the Swim, to be awarded in memory of her late husband, Denis O’Brien, who worked in the City Council’s Cork City Fire Service and who was also a Life Guard. During his career he carried out 29 rescues of individuals in difficulty in the Lee.

Following one of the largest environmental projects ever undertaken in this State, the Cork Main Drainage Scheme (1998 to 2005), the water quality of our River Lee now meets the highest environmental standards and allows us to build on opportunities for swimming, boating, canoeing, sailing and transport, so that we can use the River Lee to its full potential.

On day of the Swim, 18th July, there will be a number of other events on the River Lee. Leisureworld, Bishopstown will organise water-walkers (people ‘walking’ on the river enclosed in large transparent plastic spheres), there will be a demonstration of water-polo near St. Patrick’s Bridge and possible demonstrations of rescue techniques by surfers. It is hoped that this year will see the beginning of the expansion of the Swim into a ‘water festival’, celebrating the river and its central role in the identity and character of Cork city .

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