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Island Swim 9th of September

Island Swim 9th of September
August 10, 2023 181 Views

HI Everyone

Hope you are enjoying your Summer. Mark Dempsey from Limerick Narwhals has been in touch and is offering 4 places (2 girls / 2 boys) to members of Celtic Waves to swim in this year's Island Swim. The cost is normally €25 but he the Narwhals are giving us these for free to encourage open water swimming.

If you are interested please email me with the name / age and approximate 1500 meter time of the swimmer.

The swim is 3.8 km long so it would suit only the more experienced swimmers. It is a challenge rather than a race and there are support boats, kayaks and paddle boarders to guide you a long. The race generally takes between 50 minutes and an hour and a half depending on your speed.

I'd say our senior swimmers would take around the hour mark.

There's more info here.

Limerick Island Swim 2023 - Buy Tickets (

Event Description:

Limericks Island Swim Challenge is one of the mid west greatest sporting events.This challenge will never be the same twice with one year an easy swim to the next one of the hardest swims in Ireland. When even a small shower could make the difference of finishing it or not.While swimming this you will pass some very historical places such sites as Barrington's Hospital, Baals bridge, The canal were Guinness was delivered to the mid west and that just the first 500m. Before heading up the famous Abbey River were the local angling cots were invented, passing Artlunkard Boat club.While on the way back you get to see the famous Thomand park, the way only swimmers get to see it, King John Castle and the town hall before finishing at the sight were the first Vikings set foot in Limerick. And to top it off why not get a view of St. Mary's Cathedral where the last king of Munster once had his Throne, and a view down the Shannon river, where your next stop is America First time swimmers must do a 3k swim before doing the Island swim challenge.

SWim registration 6 to 8 friday 11 o clock start to 12 saturday