Martin Duggan Memorial Swim

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The Martin Duggan Memorial Swim (Irish: Snámh Cuimhneacháin Martin Duggan) is a 2 km river swim held in the River Blackwater at Fermoy Rowing Club in County Cork. This is a 2 km race in which participants swim upstream (against a minimal current) for the first 1 km and then downstream for the second 1 km. The race is held annually in memory of Martin Duggan, a local schoolboy who drowned accidentally in the river, aged 14 years, on 12 July 2007. In memory of Martin Duggan, the Martin Duggan Memorial Shield for the Youngest Swimmer has been awarded each year since 2009. It is one of the World's Top 100 River Swims.

Official logo of the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim


Total Distance: 2 km

Currents: 1 km upstream, 1 km downstream (minimal current)


Water Body: River Blackwater (freshwater)

Address: Ashe Quay, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Region: Munster, Ireland

Event Information

Host Club: Sandycove Island Swim Club

Event Date: Friday, 14 June 2013

English Website: Martin Duggan Memorial Swim

Suíomh Idirlín Gaeilge: Snámh Cuimhneacháin Martin Duggan

Class: Amateur

Wetsuits: Optional

Martin Duggan Memorial Shield

The Martin Duggan Memorial Shield is awarded to the youngest swimmer to complete the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim. It was first awarded in 2009 having being donated to the event by the Duggan family. Previous recipients include:

Year Name Swimming Club Age on the Day Swim Swim Time Wetsuit
2009 Stephen Brooks Fermoy SC 12 years 223 days 1 km 22 minutes 0.0 seconds No
2010 Ellen Brooks Fermoy SC 12 years 26 days 2 km 37 minutes 34.0 seconds No
2011 Ruth Herlihy Fermoy SC 12 years 67 days 2 km 39 minutes 57.6 seconds No
2012 Ellen Brooks Fermoy SC 14 years 44 days 2 km 34 minutes 16.0 seconds Yes
2013 Mary Brooks Fermoy SC 12 years 170 days 2 km 32 minutes 39.1 seconds Yes

Video of 2010 Race


Name: Owen O'Keefe


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