Ted Keenan

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Ted Keenan after his Bristol Channel marathon swim in 1975
Ted Keenan (passed away 24 September 2013) was an Irish open water swimmer from Fermanagh who was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 1984. In addition to his channel swims, he also completed several charity swims in the Aid of Cancer Research, and the physically and mentally handicapped. He had been a joiner by trade and looked after various major contracts in his profession as a site agent. He was a site agent on the old Erne Hospital. In ensuing years, he was Area Superintendent for Enterprise Ulster. He retired in ground maintenance with the Western Education and Library Board for Fermanagh and West Tyrone.

Marathon Swimming Career

He and Kevin Murphy are the only individuals to successfully cross the North Channel, English Channel, and Bristol Channel.

Irish Long Distance Swimming Association

Keenan is the namesake for the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association Ted Keenan Ulster Open Water Swimmer of the Year given annually to the swimmer from Ulster who has best represented open water swimming.

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