Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Golden Moments of 2020

Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Golden Moments of 2020

Courtesy of Jacqueline McClelland, Irish Long Distance Swimming Association.

The 14th Irish Long Distance Swimming Association (ILDSA) Annual Awards and Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame ceremony in Galway was not held, but all medals and certificates will be presented at the 2021 ILDSA Awards.

For the 2020 season, the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association congratulated the following individuals. The Irish Long Distance Swimming Association historical team – that includes Annette Cullen, David Conradie, Ned Denison and the local Irish Long Distance Swimming Association regional teams – worked to compile a number of historical swim in 2020 and earlier. ILDSA Honorary Recorder Ossi Schmidt was diligent and thorough in all communications around recording and ratification of each of the swims listed below.:

North Channel solo and relay attempts and successes:

English Channel solo and relay attempts and successes:

Marathon Swims:

  • Ned Denison (USA) Around Great Island, Cobh, Co. Cork, June 13th 2006
  • Ned Denison (USA) Around Valentia Island, Co. Kerry, July 12th 2008
  • Wayne Soutter (South Africa) 17 km from Kintry to Cushendall, August 26th 2012
  • Kevin Williams (Ireland) 18.6 km Blennerville to Maharees, Co. Kerry,, September 2nd 2012
  • Stephen Redmond (Ireland) Baltimore Pier to Schull Pier via the Fastnet Rock, September 5th 2012
  • Rosie Foley (Ireland) 36.2 km from Portumna to Killaloe, Lough Derg, June 21st 2014
  • Rosie Foley (Ireland) 10 km Galway Bay, August 30th 2020
  • Carmel Collins (Ireland) Ballycotton Pier, Co. Cork to Ardmore Pier, Co. Waterford, August 23rd 2015
  • Gordon Adair (Ireland) 24.5 km from Inch Strand to Dingle Pier, Co. Kerry, August 18th 2016
  • Elaine Burrows-Dillane (Ireland) 18.6 km from Blennerville to Maharees, Co. Kerry, July 14th 2018
  • Vanessa Daws (England) 10 hours 22 minutes 16 seconds across Lough Mask, September 19th 2018
  • Vanessa Daws (England) 12.5 km Sutton Strand around Howth Head, Burrow Beach, August 30th 2020
  • Marie Watson (Ireland) Mizen to Fastnet, September 5th 2018
  • David Conradie 10 hours 45 minutes 52 seconds from Spiddal Pier to Orr Beach, June 21st 2019
  • Team Gavin Glynn (Ger Kennedy + Richard Dunne + Ger Devin + Anna McCarthy + Dee Newell + Garrett McDermott), 38 hours 52 minutes 42 seconds from Wales to Ireland, August 17th – 18th 2019
  • Patrick Corkery 4 hours 1 minutes from Blacksod to Belmullet, Co. Mayo, September 7th 2019
  • Patrick Corkery (Ireland) 32 km from Gormanstown to Howth Harbour, September 6th 2020
  • Jim Shallow (Ireland) 14.2 km in 4 hours 21 minutes from Garretstown to Old Head to Sandycove, Co. Cork, July 1st 2020
  • Bernard Lynch (Ireland) 14.2 km in 4 hours 21 minutes from Garretstown to Old Head to Sandycove, Co. Cork, July 1st 2020
  • Frank Hallissey (Ireland) 13 km in 4 hours 49 minutes from Carrigadrohid to Inniscarra across Lee Valley Reservoir, Co. Cork, July 4th 2020
  • Karen Deenihan (Ireland) 13 km in 4 hours 49 minutes from Carrigadrohid to Inniscarra across Lee Valley Reservoir, Co. Cork, July 4th 2020
  • Lauren O’Malley (Ireland) 5 hours 58 minutes Carlingford Lough, July 19th 2020
  • Dave Mulcahy (Ireland) 10.5 km from Tallow Bridge to Camphire Bridge, River Bride, Co. Waterford, August 15th 2020
  • Stephen Redmond (Ireland) 40 km from Baltimore to the Fastnet and back, July 20th 2020
  • Elaine Burrows-Dillane (Ireland) 20 km from Fastnet to Baltimore, August 12th 2020
  • Barry O’Connor (Ireland) 10 km Galley Head Swim, Co. Cork, August 8th 2020
  • Annette Cullen (Ireland) 10 km Galway Bay, August 8th 2020
  • Patrick Corkery (Ireland) 12 km Around North Bull Island, Co. Dublin, August 9th 2020
  • Stephen Dalton (Ireland) 10.5 km from Tallow Bridge to Camphire Bridge, River Bride, Co. Waterford, August 15th 2020
  • Francie McAlinden (Ireland) 11 hours 48 minutes from Oxford Island to Antrin Boat Club, August 24th 2020
  • Sophie J. Ryan (Ireland and UK), 20.75 km from Gyle’s Quay to Clogher Head, Co. Louth, September 6th 2020
  • Darren Morrissey (Ireland) from Sheeps Head to Durrus, Co. Cork
  • Ger McDonnell (Ireland) 20 km from Fenit Strand around Muckoghmore Rock and back, Co. Kerry, September 15th 2020

Assisted Swims:

  • Bridget Wing (Ireland) 10 km Galway Bay, August 18th 2020 (wetsuit)
  • Donagh O’Sullivan (Ireland) 10 km Galway Bay, August 30th 2020 (wetsuit)
  • Garrett McDermott, Scotland to Ireland, August 14th – 15th 2020 (wetsuit)
  • Noel Hillard (Ireland) 10.5 km Blennerville Lock around Fenit LIghthouse to Fenit Beach, September 21st 2020
  • Timmy Spillane (Ireland) 10.5 km Blennerville Lock around Fenit LIghthouse to Fenit Beach, September 21st 2020
  • Fran McElligott (Ireland) 10.5 km Blennerville Lock around Fenit LIghthouse to Fenit Beach, September 21st 2020
  • Marie Watson (Ireland) Ahakista to Dooneen Pier, Co. Cork
  • John McKenna (Ireland) Fastnet solo attempt, August 11th 2020

Fastnet Swims:

  • Stephen Redmond (Ireland) 40 km from Baltimore to Fastnet and back, July 20th 2020, first two-way
  • Elaine Burrows-Dillane (Ireland) 20 km from Fastnet to Baltimore, August 12th 2020
  • David Conradie (Ireland) 20 km from Fastnet to Baltimore, September 10th 2020

Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, Class of 2021

Guinness World Records

Ice Miles

The Original Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming

  • Kamil Resa Alsaran (Turkey): English Channel in 13 hours 19 minutes on September 4th 2012 + North Channel in 13 hours 55 minutes on July 29th 2019 + Bristol Channel in 13 hours 8 minutes on September 10th 2020

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