Island Swim 2020

  • Taking to the water as part of the annual Thomond Swim.
Pic: Alan Place

Last weekend Limerick Narwhals held an openwater swimming event in the River Shannon and Abbey River, while well established races were cancelled. This event promoted Limerick City and open water swimming in the Area.

There were  91 swimmers 12 to 15 kayakers, five motor boats and six SUPS, as well as about ten land marshals.

The swim was held this year in aid of ICRR (Air Ambulance), and other donations were made to The Hunt Museum, Curragower Boat Club and Athlunkard Boat Club.

The swim started at the Hunt Museum where all swimmers wore masks and were social distancing. People at the swim commented on the fact that it was so well run and to see people in the water swimming made them feel, that with Covid-19 this year, there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

Limerick City and County Council’s Water Safety Development Officer would like to congratulate Limerick Narwhals on this event and would like to remind swimmers, that this event was an organised event, and that people should not enter the water to swim in the river unless it is under controlled and organised conditions. For more information on water safety open water swimming, please visit

For more information on Limerick Narwhals, please visit their facebook page.

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