Faces of Galway 9/100

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Meet Brian from The Aran Islands!

The Frances Thornton Memorial Swim (in aid of Cancer Care West) takes place every summer and is now in its 11th year. The swim across Galway Bay from Augnish in Co. Clare to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill is approximately 13 km. It is the only bay swim crossing on the Wild Atlantic Way.

This year the first person home was Brian who completed the challenge in 3 hours 9 minutes. This photo was taken just after he emerged from the water and he was barely out of breath! This was the second time Brian has swam this swim and he knocked over an hour off his last time, which was in 2011. Brian was meant to swim in 2012 but sadly his brother died the night before the swim. Pretty impressive stuff to come back to do this swim AND come in first out of 101 swimmers. Well done Brian!

For more information on The Frances Thornton Memorial Swim check out http://www.galwaybayswim.com/

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