Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

As the sun rose just after 5 am, five swimmers took off in the 13ºC (55ºF) waters of the Irish Sea (Muir Éireann) to complete the Port Oriel Swim.

Jacqueline Galway reports, “This was a swim qualifier for Colleen Mallon and Keith Garry as they take on the North Channel and English Channel respectively.

Donna Cooke was part of the swim team, a local athlete and swim coach. Donna is often complemented on her graceful swim style. In November, she opened her Camlough Lake Water Festival Step out of the Ordinary – Blue Envelope Challenge and accepted her destiny as Port Oriel.

A newly navigated course for 2014, the swim started at Gyles Quay, Co.Louth and followed a line to Port Oriel at Clougherhead Co.Louth, a distance of some 19.5 km

Milo McCourt and 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Pádraig Mallon also made the crossing.

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