The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim (FTMGBS) commenced in 2006 and in 2018 is in its thirteenth year. It has seen over 565 swimmers make successful crossings of Galway bay. The swim is named after the late Frances Thornton, and to date has raised over €600,000 for Cancer Care West.
Now one of Ireland's biggest, longest (and friendliest) one day swims, it 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. Each solo swimmer commits to attempting to raise at least €500 for charity. Relay teams are also welcome and commit to raising €1000 for our charity partner - Cancer Care West.
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