Family: Married to Janet and have 3 Children, Katie, Karl and Vanessa.
Occupation: Own Company.
Swimming Club: Dublin Swimming Club
What got me into swimming: When I was growing up, I was very lucky that my parents taught me to swim in the Old Cove off Bray Head, and that was the start of the Bray Cove Swimming Club. I joined Wicklow Water Safety and did Summer Lifeguard in the Dublin and Bray area. In 2011 I got back into sea Swimming when I met a motley crew of early morning swimmers on the south beach in Greystones, who swim all year round. The group is growing all the time, sometime there can be as many as 20 of us in the water at any time. Coffee, Cake(staple diet of all sea swimmers) and a chat are all a must after our swim. This long-distance swimming bug started back in 2013 when I did my first 10k sea swim from Bray to Greystones, after that I joined Dublin Swim Club in 2014, , to get back into open Sea Swimming Races, which are run every weekend through the Summer and also to train with other sea swimmers.
What Swims have you done:
• Lough Gill Hospice Swim 10k – 1st Skin.
• 20 Bridges New York 45k swim.
• Golden Gate to Alcatraz to Bay Bridge – 10k
• Completed the English Channel – Solo – 16 hours 40 min.
• Greystones Harbour to Wicklow Harbour – 20k
• Sandycove Island to Speckle Door and Back – 10k
• Sandycove Champion of Champion Swims.
• Lough Dan 10k.
• Complete a 1k ice swim in Poland in 0 degree water temp
• Completed the English Channel 4 person relay – 10 hours 55min.
Please give what you can, and thank you for your support
It is planned for between the 19th-26th September 2019, actual date will be announced through charity social media channels when official. We can’t specify an exact date due to weather and tide conditions.
Pilot’s, Swimmers,Team will all be ready to take on the mighty and unpredictable cold Irish Sea.
The main aim of the swim is to raise money for The Gavin Glynn Foundation. You can help by donating any amount you can spare. You can find the swim team’s fundraising page here – http://www.idonate.ie/Irishseaswim
3 teams of 6 in 1993 (under English channel rules)
1 Charity team of 11 in 2011 in aid of Cancer Research UK Led by Richard Branson / Ronan Keating
Successful Team in a Time of 29 Hrs 56 Min 56 Sec on 18th August at 4:00
Gerry Carrol, Shay Dillion, Mike Kelly, Dave Kilmartin, Feilim O’Maolain and Leslie Nolan.
The Team Mantra is “Giving Back” to our wonder sport of open water swimming and what better way by including Gavin Glynn Foundation for there incredible work in Helping Families with Children Fighting Cancer in Ireland , Traveling overseas for Treatment
We have chosen 6 Irish swimmers to follow in the foot steps of the 6 Irish swimmers who completed this massive swim in 1993.