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Happy Pear twins apologise and remove photo of their morning swim

Dave and Steve Flynn continued with their normal morning dip and posted a photo on social media today.

THE HAPPY PEAR twins have apologised and removed a photo from social media of their morning swim today after a raft of criticism was levelled at the chefs.

Dave and Steve Flynn posted a photo of their swim in Greystones on their Instagram account stating:

“Happy Monday. The calm before the storm this morning where there was blue sky and the sea was like a pool. Inspite of weather warning it was one of the calmest mornings ina while so there was no risk in having a swim.”

happypear Source: Happy Pear Instagram

A code red weather alert was issued for the entire country last night ahead of the arrival of Storm Ophelia. Authorities have warned that under no circumstances should people visit coastal areas, such as beaches and promenades.

Following the image of them emerging from the sea this morning, people were quick to comment that their actions were “disappointing” and “set a bad example”.

Some critics told the chefs their post was disrespectful to those working in the coastguard and sea rescue.

The Flynn brothers have since apologised, and in a statement to TheJournal.ie said they mean no offense.

“We’re sorry if we offended anyone with our swim this morning. We swim in the sea at The Cove in Greystones almost every day and in the early hours this morning the sky was blue, the sea was really calm – there was no wind or storm brewing in Greystones at this early hour – so we got in for our daily brief swim.

“We have the greatest respect for the emergency services, our experienced fellow swimmers, and our families, and none of us would have got into the water if there was a risk at this time and if it wasn’t so calm.

“We fully appreciate that it’s a very different picture now so please stay safe, keep away from the water, and mind yourselves.”

Red alert

The authorities have warned people that this could be the worst storm to hit Ireland in 50 years and have urged people take it seriously, and follow all safety advice, such as avoiding any unnecessary journeys and staying indoors.

Speaking on the the Sean O’Rourke programme on RTÉ Radio One, Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney warned against what he dubbed the thrill of “hurricane tourism”, adding that people should avoid making “stupid decisions”.

Two kite-surfers were rescued in Carlingford this morning, while RTÉ’s Teresa Mannion, famed for warning people to stay out of the sea, reports that officials from Galway Council have been extremely critical of a number of people out swimming in the bay.

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