A RECORD number of swimmers took part in the annual charity swim between Glin Pier and Colmans Point in Clare.
A total of 35-swimmers of all ages took part in the event with the support of boats and kayaks.
According to the organisers, conditions were ideal for the start of the swim but changed midway through due to an unexpected westerly wind that came up the Shannon. This made it challenging for the participants, all of whom arrived home to the pier safely and received a warm welcome from a large number of spectators.
This year was the 13th year of the swim, Maria Geoghegan explained.
A different charity has benefitted each year and this year the chosen charity was Pieta House, Maria said.
Íosla Geoghegan of the Glin Estuary Swimming Club congratulated everyone who took part.
“Well done to all our swimmers especially those on their maiden voyage,” he said adding that the swim could not have happened without the support of local volunteers.
Our swimmers are very grateful to our boats and kayaks who continue to support us every year. Without their level of professionalism this event could not be held. We would also like to thank Foynes Harbour Office who stop all passing traffic,” said Íosla.