If you love swimming and love the great outdoors, we have four fantastic events happening over this summer that will have you longing to don the wetsuits. So go on, dive in….

 

 

 

Lough Key Castle Loop

 

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Lough Key Castle Island Loop

 

On Saturday 16th June, you can take a dip in Lough Key with Open Water Swimmer. Lough Key is known as the Jewel of the West. It’s not often that you get to swim around a castle. There will be a choice of 750m and 1.5km courses. Or if you’re feeling especially fit, you can always do both. Find out more here.

 

 

 

Beat The Ferryman Open Water Swim

 

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Beat The Ferryman Open Water Swim

 

County Waterford is the place to be on Saturday 23rd June. Passage Hurling Club presents ‘Beat The Ferryman Open Water Swim 2018’. This is a 600m open water swim from Ballyhack, Co Wexford to Passage East, Co Waterford. The swim will take you across the magnificent River Suir. And there are Wetsuit & Non Wetsuit categories. Find out more here.

 

 

2018 Galway Bay Swim

 

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Galway Bay Swim

 

One for long distance swimmers next… The thirteenth Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim takes place on Saturday 21st July. The swim is named after the late Frances Thornton, and to date has raised over €600,000 for Cancer Care West. It is now one of Ireland’s biggest, longest (and friendliest) one day swims. The swim starts from Aughinish in Co. Clare and finishes at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill.  Given the wind, tide and currents, the swim is a distance of approx. 13 kilometres and can take anything from 2.5 hours to 6 hours to complete. Find out more here.

 

 

 

Bisra GaddinAbtGarnish 2018

 

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Bisra GaddinAbtGarnish

 

Last but not least, the Bisra GaddinAbtGarnish takes place on Saturday 28th July. This  Fundraising Swim around Garnish Island In Glengarriff, West Cork takes place every year. Funds raised support Bantry Lifeboat. All swimmers, from novices to experts, are welcome.  The event ends with a warm meal at the Loughavoul Inn. Find out more here.

 

 


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