Offaly man becomes the first Irish man to swim the length of the Shannon

Offaly man becomes the first Irish man to swim the length of the Shannon

Cloghan resident Paddy McDonnell

A homecoming event has been planned for Paddy McDonnell, the Cloghan resident who recently became the first Irish man to swim the entire length of the River Shannon.

Having turned down the opportunity to take on the challenge last year due to the planning of his wedding, the lifeguard and fitness instructor committed a huge part of his lift to swim, which he tackled for a number of great causes.

He was raising money for Pieta House, the Irish Cancer Society, Cloghan Hall Development Fund and local soccer club, Riverside AFC.

He began training intensively in January and trained in the water twice a day from then until the start of the challenge on May 24. He also helped prepare himself by completing a swim from Shannonbridge to Banagher last year.

On May 24, Paddy began the epic challenge in Cavan and covering an average of 30km a day, he continued all the way to Limerick in just 13 days.

An American became the first person ever to achieve the incredible feat but Paddy became the first Irish person ever to complete it. 

The homecoming celebrating Pat's achivement and fundraising takes place this Friday evening, June 15 at 7pm in Cloghan Parish Hall.


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