His swims include Clew Bay, Blackrock to Cobh, 8 hours around Sandycove Island, 6 hours around Sandycove Island in under 12 degrees Celsius, both Beginish Island routes, Guillamene to Brownstown Head and back unsupported, Irish Champion of Champions, Sandycove to Speckled Door and back, Roches Head to Power Head and back, and the first person to swim the length of Ireland’s Copper Coast in a series of solo unsupported swims.
The LoneSwimmer.com blog is the voice and words of Donal Buckley who gives swimmers around the world ample and emotional reasons to pull for him, although most have never met him.
The LoneSwimmer.com inspires, educates and makes people smile and think with profound prose and a unique perspective. Buckley takes difficult topics and makes them simple. He takes unknown issues and makes them engaging. He tackles the concept of marathon swimming with zest and vigor and a uniquely educational and entertaining point-of-view.
Buckley simply makes the global open water swimming world a better place. His topics range from physical to psychological, from hypothermia to injuries, from training to its impact on daily life. He is introspective, intellectual, interesting and intriguing from his lone outpost in the southeast of Ireland.
Buckley on LoneSwimmer.com
"I’m an Open Water swimmer living in the South-East of Ireland. I’ve been swimming Open Water for some years, mainly on the South-East & South coasts. I’ve completed an English Channel Solo and been part of a 5-person National record setting Double Relay.
Marathon swimmers would never complete any swim without the help and assistance of family and friends to whom we owe so much, putting our lives and dreasm in their hands. Almost everything about Open Water that I know, I’ve learned the hard way. I don't like hoarded knowledge for ego so I like to share what I’ve learned. Mostly therefore, I’ll write about what I know and have experienced.
Your mileage may vary. You may have conflicting opinions. For open-water swimming, it’s about the mind."
Buckley's Video of the English Channel
The English Channel is not always this way, but Buckley captured Dover Harbour on a particularly rough day: