Deireadh an Fhómhair Linn

Is soiléir fén dtaca so go bhfuil an samhradh imthithe slán uainn. Ní’l aon amharc ar na fáinleoga anso i Mainistir Fhear Maí, cé go dtuigtear dom go bhfuil roinnt díobh fós le feiscint thiar i gCiarraí. Le cúpla lá anuas, tá gálaí gaoithe is ceathanna uafásacha istoíche agus gan ach fo-radharc ar an ngréin isló. Tá na tráthnónta ag éirí níos giorra de réir a chéile agus beidh an oíche níos sia ná an lá gan ró-mhoill. Tá an geimhreadh ag teacht, ní’l aon dabht fén spéir faoi!

Dá bharr san, táim thar n-ais ins an linn snámha don chuid is mó agus ní’l fonn dá laghad orm bheith istigh ins an Abhainn Mhóir nó ins an lochán ar Chnoc an Aonaigh nó ins an bhfairrge fiú. Ag an am gcéanna, táim thar n-ais ag an ollscoil ag tosnú mo thríú bliana ann ag déanamh céim san eiceolaíocht. Maidin Chéadaoin, bíonn sé de nós agam dul isteach chuig an linn snámha ins an Muirdíg agus bualadh le Lisa Cummins i gcomhair caife i ndiaidh san – comhartha maith go bhfuil sé ‘na gheimhreadh againn! An tseachtain seo, do tháinig aoi speisialta im’ theannta: Tara Diversi ón Astráil… Do bhí maidin (is tráthnóinín) ana-dheas ag an dtriúir againn ag ráiméis fé gach aon tsaghas ruda a bhaineann leis an snámh fén aer. Bail ó Dhia ar bhuachaill-chara Tara go raibh air éisteacht linn!

Sin é an scéal mar atá sé fén dtráth so. Ní’l mórán eile le rá agam, i ndá ríribh, ach go bhfuil an-chuid obair le déanamh agam maidir le cúrsaí oideachais! Táimíd ag tnúth le rás deireanach an tséasúir ó Inis Earcáin go Dún na Séad an deireadh seachtaine seo chugainn agus go mór mhór le Comhdháil Dhomhanda an tSnámha fén Aer a bheidh á reachtáil i gCorcaigh an deireadh seachtaine dar gcionn. Sin é go fóillín…

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Cé h-í Gealt a’ Locha?

Fé láthair, tá triúr Éireannach (Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward agus Pádraig Mallon) ar an slí go dtí Tyumen na Sibéire chun páirt do ghlacadh i gCraobhchomórtais Shnámh Gheiridh na Rúise. Ní ba luaithe i mbliana, do bhí sé socraithe ag Nuala ‘s ag Anne Marie dul go dtí an Rúis chun ‘bheith páirteach i n-iarracht ar shnámh sealaíochta do dhéanamh ó mhórthír na Rúise go dtí mórthír Alasca. Níor tharla sé sin, ar an drochuair, de bharr trioblóid le visas, &rl. I rith na traenála i gcomhair an tsionscnaimh seo, do dhein Seán Mac a’ tSíthigh ó TG4 píosa nuachta fén dtraenáil do bhí ar siúl ag Nuala i Loch a’ Pheidléara. Tá an fís nasctha agam thíos agus tá sé aistrithe go Béarla agam fé sin…

At the moment, the Irish (Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward and Pádraig Mallon) are on the way to Tyumen, Siberia to take plart in the Russian Winter Swimming Championships. Earlier in the year, Nuala and Anne Marie had planned to travel to Russia to be part of a relay attempt from the Russian mainland to the Alaskan mainland. Unfortunately, the swim didn’t go ahead due to issues with visas, etc. In the course of the training, Seán Mac a’ tSíthigh of TG4 made a news item about Nuala’s training in Pedlar’s Lake. I’ve put a link to the video below and translated it into English underneath…

Aistriúchán go Béarla / Translation into English:

Seán Mac a’ tSíthigh: More than a thousand feet above sea-level is a strange destination for a sea swimmer. However, at 7ºC (5ºC lower than the temperature of the sea) Pedlar’s Lake, high in the mountains of Corca Dhuibhne, has the coldest water in the area, and it is here that Nuala Moore does her training. She and Anne Marie Ward, a swimmer from Donegal, plan to take on the toughest swim in the world, the fifty miles of frozen sea between Russia and Alaska that they call the Bering Strait.

Nuala Moore: There are more than twenty-five international swimmers on the team and our plan is to get into the water and do multiple immersions. So, swimming for 20 minutes at a time, spending 6 or 7 hours on the boat and going back in again.

Séan Mac a’ tSíthigh: Nuala has years of experience when it comes to long distance swimming. She has completed great feats in the seas of this country and abroad. She has been coming here since November, and with a enthusiasm and courage, her body is becoming used to the cold.

Nuala Moore: Breathing is difficult at the start as the muscles become quite tight and this puts pressure on your heart. I had to lift up my face a few times but I’m fine now.

Seán Mac a’ tSíthigh: The Lunatic of the Lake is a cause for wonder among many hikers in the area. Nobody has swum across the entire Bering Strait yet, but you may rest assured that the long, cold days in Pedlar’s Lake will stand to the Dingle woman. Seán Mac a’ tSíthigh, Nuacht TG4, in Corca Dhuibhne.

Níos déanaí, tá Seán tar éis agallamh do dhéanamh le Nuala do Nuacht RTÉ i rith a cuid traenála níos déine do na Craobhchomórtais Shnámh Gheimhridh na Rúise, a bheidh ar siúl an deireadh seachtaine seo! Féach ar seo…

More recently, Seán did an interview with Nuala for RTÉ News during her somewhat more extreme training for the Russian Winter Swimming Championships, which are taking place this weekend! Take a look at this…

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