A Timely Rescue in Spanish Point

We have had fabulous weather mid June, though for two people one sunny weekend nearly ended in tragedy.


Clare County Council Lifeguards continued to keep visitors to our beautiful beaches and lakes safe by managing the swimming areas and advising members of the public.

However, with lots of waves in Spanish Point, Lahinch and Fanore, the rip currents there were particularly dangerous. Two adults swimming in Spanish Point at 19.20, twenty minutes after the Lifeguard service ended, swam into a large rip current which pulled them away from shore. Two off-duty Lifeguards, Bernard & Roisín Cahill, while driving past the beach, spotted the swimmers, recognised the danger and carried out a timely rescue.

Tony Lynch, Life Governor of IWS


Tony Lynch was recently honoured by Irish Water Safety at their National Award ceremony in Dublin Castle, November 2014.

Tony began his involvement with swimming and life-saving as a member of Ennis Swimming and Life Saving club in the early 1950s, when all training took place at open water venues around the town of Ennis, but primarily at the swimming area known as the Turret. Tony and his brothers are referred to in the publication “ Swimming for a Century” as being among the leading ligths for swimming in the Ennis area during the 1950s.


Tony started to teach swimming and life-saving as a Red Cross Instructor during the mid 1950s. He was on the Ennis Lifesaving team which won the President’s Trophy in 1957, the first Co Clare team to do so. He was also on the panel that won this trophy again in 1958 but due to the rules of the time (“Must change at least three members of the previous year’s team” – rf My Affair with Malbay), he could not be first team member. He remained an integral part of Life Saving teams thereafter and became one of the leading Co Clare Life Saving coaches/ Instructors during the 1960s and early 1970s. He continued to train teams until the mid 1970s for County, Regional and National competitions. He also ensured teams were prepared and attended the many regattas in the county to put on displays of life saving techniques and discipline.


Tony was also a Red Cross Examiner a role he fulfilled since the early 1960s.

When the first indoor pool was built and opened in Ennis in 1969 (approx), Tony Lynch, was once more to the fore in ensuring that Life Saving continued to be taught at the this new venue. Tony and others also ensured some lifesaving and swimming was taught at some of the earlier open water venues. Tony Lynch was to the fore during the change from Red Cross to the new Irish Water Safety Association in 1972. He helped manage the change in Co Clare and continued in his roles as Instructor and Examiner within the County thereafter.

Teen lifesavers save two lives.

Lifesavers Bernard Cahill and Donough Cronin plucked father and son from a tidal rip at Spanish Point beach on 18th July 2011

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