John Earls Honored By The Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

John Earls Honored By The Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

The Irish Long Distance Swimming Association is holding its annual awards on November 27th in Galway, a city on Ireland’s west coast where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean.  For tickets to the ceremonies, visit here.

As part of these awards, John Earls will be inducted as an Honour Swimmer in the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2021.

Earls is from Limerick, taking the marathon swimming baton from Jack McClelland, another honoree in the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. Earls’ career highlights included:

1960 started training around Sandycove Island in Kinsale at the age of 18.

1961 set to attempt the English Channel but was struck by appendicitis and never returned.

1963 swam Lower Lough Derg, 10 miles from Mountshannon to Killaloe in 6 hours 30 minutes.

1964 swam the 12.9 km BLDSA Torbay against 5 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees – beat 1 of them.

1966 at age 24 swam in the prestigious 16.9 km Windermere International Championship, a MAJOR in the marathon world against 4 International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees.

1967 Billy Wallace, an Honor Administrator in the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, confirmed that Earls was an active ILDSA member and leading organizer in the Republic.

1968 swam Galway Bay from Blackhead to Silver Strand, west of Salthill. He was either the third or fourth swimmer in history known to have completed the swim and the first amateur in 5 hours 57 minutes, 1 hour 2 minutes faster that Jack McClelland’s swim.

1968 swam the ILDSA race across Dublin Bay from Red Rock Howth to West Pier Dun Laoghaire in 4 hours 40 minutes.

1969 swam the 16.9 km BLDSA Windermere race against fourInternational Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees.

1969 became the first to swim 16 km from Cork to Cobh, finishing in 4 hours 45 minutes.

Earls was then followed by Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honorees Ray Cossum and Ted Keenan who swam the English Channel in 1970 and 1972, respectively.

Photo courtesy of the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Photo courtesy of the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

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