On the first of August, Pat Conway took to the water for the 49th year in a row to raise funds for charity. Over the years Pat has raised money for various charitable causes, and for the last sixteen years the funds generated by the swim have been donated to Burren Chernobyl Project. This incredible support has enabled us to carry out several projects across Belarus helping families, children and adults with disabilities.
Over the years the event has really grown and has become an annual community event with huge support from locals, visitors and several local businesses. This summer the support from all the above raised €12,900!
There was a fantastic turn out this year as the crowds gathered in Lahinch and Liscannor to cheer on the 51 swimmers taking part in the 2.8km swim from Lahinch beach to Liscannor Pier.
Our 51 swimmers were a mix of new and old. A huge thank you to those who participate and fundraise every year but also a big thank you and welcome aboard to all the first time Liscannor Bay swimmers, we look forward to having you back again!
Congratulations to local swimmer Stephen Kelleher who arrived into Liscannor first in a time of 41 minutes followed by Conor Mahony in 2nd and John Tuohy in 3rd both from Ennis.
An event like this doesn't happen by itself. There are so many to thank for their continued support in the run up to and the day of the swim. From help with signs and shaking buckets to all the vital safety support out on the water, a huge thank you to Lahinch Lifeguards, Lahinch Surf Lifesaving, Irish Tow Surf Rescue, Brian McCarthy, Peter Conway, Kieran Glin, Liam Hartigan, Antoine O'Looney, Gerry Healy, Selina O'Sullivan, Susan Meehan, Elin Blake, Olivia Coasgrove, Muireann Corry and many more.
And finally, to the man who makes it happen, míle míle buíochas to Pat and to his family. Thank you for all the time and effort put into organising, training for and swimming this event over the years. Here's to the big 50th next year!