A veteran swimmer in the Cork Sea has completed a never-before-seen swim while raising money for charity.
Ken O’Shea swam 14km in four and a half hours from Bull Rock Lighthouse to the Beara Peninsula for the benefit of the Castletownbere RNLI.
Ken, who has been swimming most of his life, became interested in open water swimming about six years ago.
He has since swum from the Fastnet lighthouse to Crookhaven, a distance of 22 km, which took him eight and a half hours.
Talk to echo before entering the water, Ken had said he was nervous for the challenge, but then said there was great relief.
“There’s always a relief after these things, this feeling of ‘Thank God it’s all over!’.”
Ken praised his skipper, Brian O’Rourke of Bantry Bay Charters, who piloted the boat Ken followed to reach his destination.
“Brian put in a lot of effort, tackling with local fishermen and locals, finding the best way to swim safely.”
“We needed an out tide and a weather window, it had to be relatively calm to get there. It’s not the calmest waters, it’s where the current from the Irish Sea meets the currents from the North Atlantic.
Ken said the swimming was tough, but still doable.
“It went well, it went as planned. It was very bouncy and it was a tough swim, but we got through it.
Finishing the swim, Ken said he felt very emotional.
“It was great, my wife Cliona O’Leary was on the boat for the swim supporting me and they were very supportive with a small amount of abuse to boot!”
The fundraiser has already raised over €1,500 for the Castletownbere RNLI