Pádraig Mallon is an Irish open water swimmer , extreme marathon swimmer , Ironman triathlete , ice swimmer , Ice Ironman , and renowned endurance athlete from Northern Ireland. He has many short and long distance open water swims to his acclaim including Channel crossings and ice swims . He is the vice Chairman of the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association and one of the organisers of the 2014 Irish Marathon Swim Series . He is chairman and joint organiser with Aoiffe Lynch of the successful Camlough Lake Water Festival ( CLWF ) at Camlough Lake in Co. Armagh, Camlough, Northern Ireland. He also helps organise the H2O Play Swim Series in Northern Ireland. He is also chairman of the International Ice Swimming Association Ireland and a member of the board of directors of the International Ice Swimming Association .