Up, up and away over Galway Bay


Sir, – Having watched several balloons being released at the end of the Galway Bay annual swim on Saturday afternoon last (and congratulations to all 140 who completed this great swim), I couldn’t help but wonder where their (the balloons, that is) journey’s end would be.

Unlike Wordsworth’s daffodils, they didn’t look lonely as they “floated on high o’er vales and hills”, but the killjoy in me feared they could quite possibly end up “beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze”, or in the seas as fodder for our unsuspecting marine life.

Hopefully they were biodegradable, in which case next year I can relax and simply marvel at the great achievements of all involved in this great event. – Yours, etc,



Co Kildare.