Right before a break in the 2013 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, Ned Denison explained about the background and history of swimming around nearby Sandycove Island and how the passionate community of open water swimmers developed in Cork, Ireland.
Then suddenly, as if on queue with Liam Maher in the lead, the audience broke out in first verse and chorus of The Fields of Athenry, a popular Irish folk ballad that is sung at many sporting competitions.
By a lonely prison wall
I heard a young girl calling
Micheal they are taking you away
For you stole Trevelyn’s corn
So the young might see the morn.
Now a prison ship lies waiting in the bay.
Low lie the Fields of Athenry
Where once we watched the small free birds fly.
Our love was on the wing, we had dreams and songs to sing
It’s so lonely ’round the Fields of Athenry.
Photo shows the audience later in the evening at the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.
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