Jim O'Connor Memorial

Castle to Castle

Swim

CASTLE TO CASTLE

SWIM

13.5km Rindoon Castle to Athlone Castle

In Aid of

Jim O'Connor Memorial Castle to Castle Swim

Saturday August 26th 2023

The inaugural Jim O'Connor Memorial Castle to Castle swim is a 13.5 km swim from Rindoon Castle on Lough Ree in Co.Roscommon to Athlone Castle in Co.Westmeath in aid of Pieta.

It will be open to 30 solo swimmers and up to 60 relay swimmers (max 4 per relay). Swimmers will be guided and supported by boats and kayaks with the help of local clubs including Athlone Sub Aqua Club and Inny Kayak Club.

Swimmer safety is top priority so each solo swimmer will be required to have a guide (kayak or boat) and each relay team will require a boat.

The event is a major fundraising drive for Pieta and is a memorial swim for the late Jim O’Connor organised by Athlone Regional Sports Centre (staff and members) along with Jim’s family and friends.

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How to Fundraise

All swimmers who register for the swim must commit to raise funds for Pieta. Solo swimmers are required to raise 250 euro in addition to a 50 euro fee which is paid at the time of registration. Relays must raise a minimum of 500 euro in addition to a 100 euro registration fee.

All participants will have access to online fundraising through a page on www.idonate.ie The link to this page can then be shared with family and friends through email, sms, whatsapp and social media.

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About Jim

Jim O’Connor had a great love for the water and the fun and camaraderie he experienced with his fellow swimmers from his early days in the old Athlone pool to later years in Athlone RSC.

Never afraid of a challenge, Jim fearlessly tackled the vast expanse of Lough Ree “in skins” in August 2012. Jim’s journey was filled with courage, determination, boundless enthusiasm and relentless training.

His remarkable solo swim saw him become the first and only swimmer to conquer the lake’s formidable length without a wetsuit.

First to Swim

Length of Lough Ree without a wetsuit

34km in 13hrs and 34 minutes supported by family and friends

Raised €10,000

For South Westmeath Hospice

A worthy cause and a nice lasting legacy for his swim

50,000m Weekly

12 sessions a week

He finished a 30 week training program to prepare physically and mentally for the swim.

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All proceeds raised from the Jim O’Connor Memorial Castle to Castle Swim will be donated directly to Pieta.

Pieta provide a professional one-to-one therapeutic service to people who are in suicidal distress, those who engage in self-harm, and those bereaved by suicide. All services are provided free of charge and no referral is needed.

Since 2006 they have seen and helped over 70,000 people and established twenty centres across Ireland.

80%

Funded by the public

Your support is needed more than ever to support their lifesaving work

97,000+

Calls and texts

Calls and texts received in 2021

4000

Hours

Of crisis therapy provided each month

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