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.