Swimmers to hit West Cork waters in aid of two local charities

Swimmers to hit West Cork waters in aid of two local charities
Some of the 2019 participants of the Galley Head Swim after crossing the finish line.

Over one hundred people are set to hit the water off Galley Head in West Cork this Saturday to raise over €35,000 for two Cork charities.

The second annual Galley Head Swim in aid of Marymount Hospice and West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue will start from one of West Cork’s most popular beaches Long Strand on Saturday, August 8 at 9am.

The 10km swim consisting of 50 boats, 19 solo swimmers and 21 relay teams will travel from Long Strand to Warren Beach with the first swimmers expected to cross the finish line between 11.30am and 12pm.

The idea for the Swim came about when a couple of friends from Clonakilty and Rosscarbery were having a few pints together on holidays in Austria in 2019.

Committee member Geoff Wycherley said that they had been discussing how the West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue volunteers had to buy their own equipment and felt that something needed to be done about it.

“The conversation later moved on to the bereavements suffered within the group. One had lost his wife to cancer in 2018 and another’s sister was in Marymount Hospice at the time and sadly passed away later in April 2019, but the one thing that came across was that both received wonderful palliative care in the hands of Marymount’s highly trained professional team,” he said.

Frank Hallissey at the Galley Head Swim 2019.
Frank Hallissey at the Galley Head Swim 2019.

The conversation ended in a goal to raise much needed funds for both organisations by organising something a lot of the group liked doing, swimming.

A committee was formed that night consisting of Pat Mulcahy, Justin Crowley, Geoff Wycherley and Tony Rafferty who made the decision that they would hold a 10km marathon swim around Galley Head with the aim of raising funds for both Marymount Hospice and West Cork Underwater Search and Rescue.

The inaugural charity race took place on July 27 last year with 11 solo swimmers, 15 relay swimmers, 23 boats and over 100 people in and on the water with the event so well supported by local boat owners, fishermen and businesses that all costs were covered and the entire €17,400 raised by the swimmers went to the two charities.

This year the committee welcomed a new member Paul Melody and an increase in numbers with the hope to raise over €35,000.

Visit www.galleyheadswim.com for more details.

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