Wednesday 26 November 2014

Ex-rugby star swims across the English Channel

Published 28/07/2014 | 02:30

Rosie Foley, from Killaloe, Co Clare, sucessfully swam the English Channel at the weekend. Picture: Marie McCallan/ Press 22
Rosie Foley, from Killaloe, Co Clare, sucessfully swam the English Channel at the weekend. Picture: Marie McCallan/ Press 22

A former Irish rugby international and sister of new Munster coach Anthony Foley has lived her childhood dream by swimming the English Channel.

On Saturday, just weeks after swimming the length of Lough Derg, Rosie Foley (pictured), a PE and geography teacher from Killaloe, Co Clare, took on the gruelling swim.

The mother of three, who won 39 caps for Ireland, set off from near Dover at 7.52am on Saturday. She was accompanied by her pilot boat 'Optimistic' with Paul Foreman at the helm.

Rosie's husband Pat Minogue and good friend Fionnuala Walsh, who completed her own Channel swim in 2012, acted as her support team.

After 15 hours and 53 minutes, she stepped on to a French beach. The English Channel is almost 35km (22 miles) at its narrowest point.

Back in Ireland, she said: "Living the dream you had since you were 11 was amazing and you get a great sense of elation."

Irish Independent

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