Francis Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim

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Inductee in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland as an Honor Contributor: Organisation in its Class of 2020

The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim is an open water swimming event in Ireland on behalf of Cancer Care West, annually held in July. They were inducted into the Ireland Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 2020 as an Honour Contributor: Organisation. It is also part of the Irish Triple Crown.


The marathon swim from Auginish in Co. Clare to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill is a distance of roughly 13 kilometers.


In 2012, €60,000 was raised for Cancer Care West bringing its cumulative total raised to over €400,000. In that period the charity has launched several new services to the people of Galway and the rest of Connacht.

2013 Event

In 2013, there were 50 people attempting an individual crossing with 5 relay teams for a total of 75 swimmers, 80 boats, kayaks, paddle boards and over 100 crew in the bay and many more supporters and volunteers on the land.


The event was recognized as an Honour Contributor (Organisation) in the Hall of Fame – Marathon Swimming Ireland Class of 2020.


Other Solo Swims

Original Series

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