Charities to benefit from 24hr swim

Kristian O' Donovan, Kyle O' Donovan, Kieran O' Flaherty, Paul Skelly and Alex O' Donovan pictured getting ready to set off on their 24 miles in 24hr swim challenge in Tralee Sports & Leisure Complex on Saturday morning. Photo by Fergus Dennehy.
Kristian O' Donovan, Kyle O' Donovan, Kieran O' Flaherty, Paul Skelly and Alex O' Donovan pictured getting ready to set off on their 24 miles in 24hr swim challenge in Tralee Sports & Leisure Complex on Saturday morning. Photo by Fergus Dennehy.

Fergus Dennehy

A Glenbeigh swimmer, along with his brothers and friends, have managed to raise almost €7,000 for three of their chosen charities after they completed 24 miles of swimming in 24 hours over the weekend.

Kristian O' Donovan took part in the 24 hour relay challenge in the Tralee Sports and Leisure Complex from 11am on Saturday morning until 11am on Sunday, where each swimmer on the team had to swim at least mile in an hour before another member of the relay team could come in.

All the money raised from the marathon swimming effort will be divided between Glow Hearts 4 Crumlin, Down Syndrome Kerry and the Childhood Cancer Foundation.

The 37-year-old swimmer says that the three charities are very close to his heart and he says that while the swims were certainly a challenge, they are nothing compared to what some people go through on a daily basis.

"Down Syndrome Kerry - my brother-in-law, Cathal Griffin who has Down Syndrome, has never let this get in his way and is a constant source of inspriation for me. This wonderful charity has played a huge part in his successes and the work they do for many families across the county is fantastic," said Kristian, writing on his fundraisiung page.

"My second charity is Glow Hearts 4 Crumlin - this is a local charity that was started by mothers, all of whom had children born with a congenital heart defect (CHD). They formed the group to raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin and to raise awareness of CHDs. My beautiful niece, Sadie, was born with a CHD and thanks to the great work of the nurses, doctors and surgeons in Crumlin she is fighting fit now," he continued.

"My third charity is the Childhood Cancer Foundation. I don't think there is a family in Ireland that hasn't been affected by cancer. This charity funds research, play therapy and vital equipment used in St. John's paediatric cancer ward in Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin," he finished.

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