On Saturday last, September 14, a small group of hardy souls swam across Donegal bay to help raise money and awareness for the RNLI.
As readers will recall, last Saturday was a lovely day but conditions on land and conditions in the sea are always a little different. The swimmers got on with it, however, and ‘enjoyed’, if that’s the right word, the experience!
The 13 km swim took about four hours.
A spokesman for the group told the Democrat: “It was exciting all the way and thankfully the weather, swimmers and all the helpers were full of smiles all day!”
However, the sea is always full of surprises and, as the swimmers came close to the end of their 13k swim at Mullaghmore, they got what might be called a “prickly present” from the sea.
“The trickiest part was our arrival through a myriad of stinging jellyfish, but with the end in sight nothing was going to stop us from making it to the stone walled harbour and hitting dry land was sweet.”
Swimmers from left to right at St John’s Point before the plunge are: Franck Homburger, Eamon Murphy, Phil Newell, Tambet Truu, Sean Campbell, Emma Van Looch, Eamonn McGinn.
The swimmers are still raising money online using the website. All donations, no matter how small are greatly appreciated, will go directly to the RNLI. The funds will be put to very good use the local RNLI station crew of volunteers.
Event organiser Eamonn McGinn and all the swimmers give a huge thank you to Killian and Mary O’Kelly, Ciaran Duffy, Kealan McNulty, Karol McNern for all their help to make the event possible.