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The Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim would not have been relaunched and would not have grown to become the largest open water swim in Ireland without the generous and ongoing support of its title sponsor.

Vibes and Scribes has been trading in Cork city for over 20 years. Located at 21 Lavitt’s Quay are two book shops – one which stocks new and special price books, and one which sells second-hand and out of print books, as well as a large selection of comic books and graphic novels. Vibes and Scribes wool, fabric and crafting supplies shop is located at 3 Bridge Street in the city centre. Housed across 3 floors are an enormous range of fabrics and wool, millinery supplies as well as everything you need for a craft project. In 2015, they launched an online shop ( which sells and ships these items across Ireland and worldwide.


Cork Lions Club

Since the re-introduction of the Vibes & Scribes Lee swim in 2005 Cork Lions club has been involved in the organising and administration of this very successful swim. Over 100,000 Euro has been raised as a result of the fundraising activities of our club and some of the organisations to benefit are the Mercy university hospital children’s ward, Guide dogs for the blind of Ireland, the Samaritans and the Life centre to name a few.

We would like to thank all participants in The Vibes & Scribes Lee swim since 2005 and look forward to many more successful swims.

Paschal Horgan. Cork Lions Club.

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The Vibes & Scribes #leeswim Organising Committee are delighted to announce that following feedback from swimmers last year, we have received confirmation that we have secured additional funding for 2018, that will allow us to offer #leeswim participants the new option of entering the water at the start via a specially commissioned water slide! (Picture 2)

Swimmers who choose this option will enjoy a stunning view of the first part of the course and the lovely Shannon Bells before entering the water at approx 25 miles per hour.

We have also commissioned another new trophy*- the β€œ” Trophy, which will be awarded to swimmer who completes the most impressive Ariel acrobatic routine prior to entering the water.

The star prize-The first swimmer who manages to gain enough height to launch themselves over the first bridge will have the new bridge by the Metropole Hotel named after them.

*Judges Decision Final
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Introducing our #LeeSwimLegends !

Would you like to feature as one of our #LeeSwimLegends?, We plan to feature some of our lovely swimmers in the run up to the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim on June 30th 2018.
If you would like to be featured, please complete the below and mail to with a photo of yourself at one of the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim!
Your reply and photo may be posted on our social media platforms and in print media!

How many #leeswims have you taken part in?
Describe #leeswim in three words:
Best part about #leeswim:
Wetsuit or skins?
Competitive or just for fun?
Favourite bridge?
Advice for a first timer?
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New this year for the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim is a Tri Tee from AB SalesπŸŠπŸŠπŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
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BREAKING NEWS! Entries for the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim 2018 are Open!! Cork's 96FM

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As a result of increased funding, and a few economies we made, we are very happy to announce that entry fees will be reduced in 2018. The rate for junior swimmers (under 18 on the day) will be €22, reduced from €25. The early-bird rate will be €35, reduced from €39, and the normal rate will be €42, reduced from €45

Looking forward to seeing you all on June 30th!!
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Entries for the Vibes & Scribes #leeswim Open at midnight tonight! Cork's 96FM

COMPETITION! Any guesses as to the new hat and tee colour for 2018? Simply comment with your answer and all correct answers will be entered into a draw for a mystery prize tomorrow pm!
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