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(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)

IRISH BLOG AWARDS 2017 - we made it to the finalists page last year but never got to the stage :- ( 'cause not enough of ye feckers out there voted for us! So we're gonna give ya a second chance - the blog awards this year will be held on Thursday, October 5th (2017) in The Academy, Middle Abbey Street, in Dublin city centre, and we would appreciate if you could keep an eye here and give us a vote when ya can. Or else we'll get our 'Junior' to put up a pay wall and then ye will be sorry...!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


The 2007 CABHAIR swim in the Grand Canal in Inchicore, Dublin, was - true to form - the success that this 31-years-young event is now known for! There were seven swimmers , approximately 100 on-lookers and the by-now usual contingent of Special Branch 'minders' (six or seven of them). The weather was very kind to us - it remained dry , sunny (-ish!) and was not too muddy underfoot.
Tables were laid-on to place the different 'goodies' on for anyone that wanted them - cakes , soft drinks , lollipops , crisps , beer , ale , whiskey etc , a fire was lit in the centre of the crowd and music was supplied via the CD 'The Songs That Shake The Barley' .
The only 'disappointment' of the day was the fact that an RTE film crew never showed , having rang one of the CABHAIR organisers at 10.36am that morning to confirm the venue and declare that they were on their way to film the proceedings. Maybe next year we should film it ourselves and drop them in a copy...
Five photographs of the swim are published with this post , with another five to be found here and a further five can be seen here.

CABHAIR 'Nollaig Shona' banner and Tricolour.

"Lemme out...!"

Crowd control at the 'Swim Shop'!

All shades out for CABHAIR!

From Lapland and elsewhere at the Swim!

We are - again! - taking a few days rest before our next post . Slán go fóill anois!