Robert Bohane Honored By The Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame

Robert Bohane 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, Robert Bohane will be inducted as an Honour Contributor in the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame‘s Class of 2021.

Bohane served as crew chief on many marathon swims:

2008: 27 km around Valentia Island by Ireland Marathon Hall of Fame Honouree and Valentia Island pioneer Ned Denison

2013: 24 km around Bere Island, the only time it has been accomplished, by Ireland Marathon Hall of Fame Honouree Carol Cashell

2016: 33.5 km across the English Channel by Bernard Lynch

2017: 33.5 km across the English Channel by Carol Cashell

2019: 33.5 km across the English Channel by Jim Shalloo (first two trips to Dover he did not swim, Bohane was on the second, Shalloo completed on his third trip

Denison explained, “Robert is also an accomplished marathon swimmer and a valued administrator as well. Robert has accompanied many newcomers young and old to the sport to swim around Sandycove Island and is one of the main organizers of the dawn swims April to September each year.”

He has a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel in 2012 in 12 hours 4 minutes that followed two unsuccessful attempts in 2010 and 2012. His determination and epic battles helped inspire a second generation of Cork marathon swimmers and his experience of adversity was of value to future crews. He was the first person to complete the 6.5 km Portmagee to Knightstown swim in Ireland, together with Nick CaineLisa Cummins, Fredrik Kumlin, Daniel MartinCarl Reynolds, and Carl Richards in 2009. He was the first to swim from Skellig Michael to the Irish mainland on Portmagee in Ireland in 2007. He completed an Ice Mile in 2013 in 4.70°C water in 33 minutes 34 seconds. He has completed the 13 km swim from Blackrock Village to Cobh in Cork Ireland in 2007 and also set the record for a 26 km circumnavigation swim around Valentia Island in 7 hours 58 minutes in 2013. He was in the first group (with Eoin Lowry and Riana Parsons with a wetsuit) to swim 10.5 km from the Speckled Door to Garrylucas, 10.5 km in Cork. He has also completed 2,025 swims around Sandycove Island including more that 100 laps in one month in June 2010. He also was the first swimmer to complete 200 laps in a year on three separate occasions in 2010, 2012, and 2019. He since completed 100 laps again in 2021. He completed 8 laps of Sandycove Island during a Perigean Tide in 2019 with Aidan O’Herlihy and Holly Peters.

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Steven Munatones