Swimming across Galway Bay for Cancer Care West

The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West will take place on Saturday, 23rd July.  Now in its 11th year and with close to 100 swimmers taking part this year it is now one of Ireland’s biggest and longest one day swims.


Starting from Auginish in Co. Clare and finishing at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill, the swim is a distance of roughly 13 kilometres. Safety is a priority for the swim, each year the event reaches out to the maritime community in the west to support the swim through boat support. Each swimmer needs a boat to follow and track their swim, organisers are again this year asking any boat owner to get in contact with the hope they can volunteer their services on the day.


“Last year was really a milestone year for the swim, The Thornton Family and Cancer Care West. 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 Care West.


Speaking about this year’s swim, Brian Thornton Director of Cancer Care West said “”The swim started with 3 guys wanting to swim the bay and to raise some money for a service that helped Frances so much when she was sick. The event has grown from year on year and now, this year; there will be over 80 swimmers, 80 boats and a few hundred volunteers. The event has raised over €600,000. The Cancer Care West respite facility offers such a great service to people who have cancer and to their families and friends supporting them through illness.” 


Last year’s milestone has been produced into a documentary by renowned Galway man Pat Comer. The documentary showcases how important and special this swimming event is.


To watch the documentary and for all information log onto www.galwaybayswim.com.

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