About

The event is the brain child of Paul McGarry. Paul sadly lost his nephew Neil McGarry to cancer. The care he received at the NW Hospice inspired Paul to organise a fundraiser for the hospice. The primary purpose of the swim is to raise much needed funds for NW Hospice, Sligo. We raised over €41,000 in 2018.

​The committee extends their thanks to Neil's parents Dessie & wife Phil who have generously sponsored a beautiful perpetual trophy (pictured) hand crafted from a 600 year old piece of Irish bog oak. It takes the shape of a swimmer and will be cherished for many years. This trophy is in memory off Neil's courageous & brave fight which he sadly lost in October 2010. Neil's strength has been the inspiration behind this event.

Neill McGarry
 
Neill McGarry
Memorial Trophy
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