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.
Open Water Swimming Career
- 13 August 1972 - English Channel in 18 hours 11 minutes on a spring tide, the first swimmer born in Ireland to complete the crossing
- 11 August 1973 - North Channel in 18 hours 27 minutes, in 8.8-11°C (48-52°F) waters
- 17 July 1975 - Bristol Channel in 14 hours 26 minutes - from Glen Cove in England to Coney Beach at Porthcawl, Wales, its widest point
- Keenan and Kevin Murphy are the only individuals to successfully cross the North Channel, English Channel, and Bristol Channel. These three swims together are known as THE ORIGINAL TRIPLE CROWN.
- Keenan completed several charity swims in the Aid of Cancer Research.
- Keenan did not finish an English Channel crossing from France to England after he was taken out after 19 hours 48 minutes close to the English shore.
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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