Twenty swimmers who braved the chilly Swilly waters off Rathmullan Beach raised more than 1,000 euros for Donegal Travellers Project (DTP) on Saturday.
The DTP Fundraiser Swim consisted of two races, a 750-metre through rainy, choppy waters and a calmer 200-metre under partly sunny skies.
“The tide was against us going out,” said 750-metre swimmer Patrick Bond. “Coming back, though, I was flying!
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the white boat.”
Other participants in the 750-metre race included Brid Barr, Bernie Brady, Denis Doherty, Eugene Duffy, Darina Ferry, Seamus Ferry, Margaret Gallagher, Mark McCollum (who came in first), John McGee, Niall Mulrine, Kilian Nulty, and Cathal Roarty.
Participants in the 200-metre race included Hugh Friel, Paula Leonard, John McDonagh, Patrick McGinley, Anne McLean, Martin Mongan, and Barry Ward (who came in first).
“It was good craic,” Mr. Friel said. “Great to get all the people involved.”
At the end of the event, lead organiser Ms. Leonard of the DTP announced that more than 1,000 euros had been raised by the swimmers to benefit the organisation.
“I want to say a big, big thank you to everyone who participated,” she said.
“Donegal Travellers Project is dead happy with all of the support that everyone has provided.”
See more photos on page 28 of Monday’s Donegal People’s Press and Donegal Democrat.
Ms. Leonard paid special thanks to Mr. McCollum of the 24/7 Triathlon Club and Ms. Gallagher of the Swilly Seals, who provided invaluable assistance with logistics and publicity for the swim.
Special thanks were also extended to members of the Irish Coast Guard, the LYIT Kayaking Club, and the RNLI, who assisted with monitoring the swim; to Donegal long-distance swimmer Anne Marie Ward, who launched the swim last month; and to Belle’s Kitchen in Rathmullan, from which Kealan Blake, Orla McAteer, and Grace Broderick served delicious hot soup and scones to everyone involved.