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‘I now realise I’m tougher than I give myself credit for’

Elaine Burrows-Dillane became the first woman to complete the Triple Crown of Irish swims this summer, which included the challenging North Channel. Elaine is to be celebrated by her peers in November for her epic Triple Crown achievement. She reflects with Stephen Fernane on what has been a memorable year.

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Tralee swimmer Elaine Burrows Dillane became the first woman to complete the Irish Triple Crown of swims this summer. Elaine is pictured at Fenit, one of her favourite spots for training and relaxing. Photo by Joe Hanley.

Tralee swimmer Elaine Burrows Dillane became the first woman to complete the Irish Triple Crown of swims this summer. Elaine is pictured at Fenit, one of her favourite spots for training and relaxing. Photo by Joe Hanley.

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Tralee swimmer Elaine Burrows Dillane became the first woman to complete the Irish Triple Crown of swims this summer. Elaine is pictured at Fenit, one of her favourite spots for training and relaxing. Photo by Joe Hanley.

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what a day for this County Kerry lady. Kerry is the Kingdom, and now the North Channel – a Kingdom surrounded by various obstacles – is her castle.’

The above line comes from an Infinity Swimming moderator who live recorded the precise moment Elaine Burrows-Dillane touched Orlock Point in County Down on July 21, 2021.Fourteen hours and 54 minutes earlier, Elaine leapt into the dark, cold waters off the coast of Scotland to face the North Channel, one of the hardest open-water swims in the world.


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