1st ever Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships a Huge Success
Alice’s Loft & Cottages, Doohamlet, Castleblayney, Co.Monaghan was the setting on Saturday last were the current world record for Bog Snorkelling was smashed twice! The record which stood at 1:38 was broken firstly by Casey Squibb from Dorset, England who covered the 120 meter course in 1 min 34 secs. Casey who was the Bride to be on her Hen party was just 1 second short on her first attempt of breaking the record and her determination on her second attempt carried her through. The world record was then broken again when Connor Murphy from Portadowm in Co. Armagh covered in course in 1 min 28 secs. Both attempts were recorded and forwarded to the Guinness Book of Records where hopefully we will see the Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships being written into History.
John Mc Keown of Lookaroundireland.com and co-organiser of the event was thrilled with the day and said “Having saw the world record broken twice was the icing on the cake for us and would like to commend both record breakers for their fantastic times. The Hen party from Dorset were great craic over the weekend and together with the great weather it made our first championships a fantastic success.”
Declan Connolly of Alice’s Loft & Cottages Self-Catering and co-organiser was equally thrilled “After the success of today we are now planning next years event and hope to make it bigger and better”.
The snorkellers finished the day at Watters, Old coach Inn where the winners were presented with their trophies, certificates and prizes. Each competitor received a specially designed T-Shirt and a certificate with their time. The men’s and ladies winners received a weekend for two at the Smarmore Castle.
St. Mary’s hospital in Castleblayney was the local Charity supported on the day with a donation being made to the Lorgan Unit. The lads would like to thank all sponsors, volunteers and everyone who helped made the first Irish Bog Snorkelling Championships a huge success.
Below you will find images taken on the day. Click on the image to view larger.