Posted by JDP on May 18, 2001 at 23:41:53:
In Reply to: Re: Lough Lannagh in 1968 posted by Murrisk on May 18, 2001 at 20:36:14:
These are great Murrisk. They bring back fond memories of that summer.
The wooden pole was in fact an ESB pole which was acquired by the swimming club for a gala which they hosted that summer. The pole was positioned approx. 25m out from and parallel to the timber jetty. Six lanes stretched between the pole and the jetty formed with ropes and balloons. A very colourful sight and the races had competitors from all the swimming clubs in Connaught at the time - Galway, Sligo, Castlerea, Longford and Loughrea. The report in the Connaught the following week was headlined " Castlebar swimmers sweep the boards at Lough Lannagh Gala" and an accompanying photograph of some of the organisers included Iarla Mongey, Donal McEllin, Mickey Guthrie R.I.P., Chas Guthrie, Carl and Ray Caulfield ( National Bank), Pat Heraty R.I.P., Justin Clarke (Westport, now a Det. Sgt. in Castlebar) and Davy Gilligan.
At that time the only pools suitable for competitive swimming were Sligo ( 33m open air), Castlerea (25m open air) and Longford ( 25m indoor)The craic was mighty at these events and McEllin and Clarke justified our participation in these galas and usually won medals.
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