Documentary film captures unique story of the Galway Bay Swim

Documentary film captures unique story of the Galway Bay Swim 


Last year, the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care Westcelebrated its tenth year anniversary. With close to 100 swimmers taking part, it is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one day swims.  


The making of the 10th year documentary by Galway man Pat Comer showcases how important and special this swimming event is. Starting from Auginish in Co. Clare and finishing at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill, the swim is a distance of roughly 13 kilometres.


“ Last year was really a milestone year for the swim, The Thornton Family and Cancer CareWest. The documentary really captures the essence of the swim and everyone that takes part in a voluntary or swimming capacity. This event is so important to Cancer Care West and we are already looking forward to July and this year’s swim,” explained David O’Donnell of Cancer CareWest.


The documentary was previewed at a screening on Monday 14th March last to launch the opening of entries to this year’s swim which is taking place on Saturday 23rd July. Entry to the swim, which is limited to 80 places will open on Sunday 20th March at


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