Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim

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The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim is a 13 km (8.12 mile) charity swim for the benefit of Cancer Care West in Ireland. The swim course is from Auginish in Co. Clare to Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill. It has raised over €300,000 for Cancer Care West.



The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim was launched in 2006 with the goal to provide an opportunity for interested swimmers to swim Galway Bay and in the process raise as much money as possible through fundraising efforts for Cancer Care West - the West of Ireland cancer patient and family care organisation. In 2008 the swim was renamed in memory of Frances Thornton who passed away from cancer after a long battle with the disease. Her son, Kevin Thornton, has been instrumental in reigniting the swim as an annual event.

Due to that success of raising over €300,000, the charity has launched several new services to the people of Galway and the rest of Connacht. David O'Donnell of Cancer Care West was especially grateful.

Expected Water Conditions

The water temperature is 15ºC (59ºF) with unpredictable weather conditions, seals and jellyfish as well as two dozen safety boats.

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List of swimmers

Aimee Walsh, Alan Craughwell, Andy Flanagan, Art Naughton, Cathal Codyre, Christina Quinn, Cian Lynch, Ciaran Berry, Claire Thornton, Colin Duffy, Dave Hosty, Dominic Burke, Emma Daly, Ferg O'Dowd, Fiona Donovan, Fiona Thornton, Fionnuala Walshe, Grainne Kennedy, Jack McCarthy, Jillian Coll, Jim O' Connor, John Greaney, Kevin Thornton, Lorcan Quaid, Michael Walls, Owen Hughes, Ruaidhri Geraghty, Simon Flatley, Sorcha Barry and Stephen Early.

Cancer Care West

Cancer Care West is a cancer patient and family care organisation whose aim is to enhance patient and family care and well being in a holistic way, and in support of conventional medical treatment and interventions. The Charity also undertakes research on care for patients and families and also undertakes educational and awareness initiatives in this area.

The Charity's activities and supports seek to add value for patients and their families to the treatments and care provided within the public and private healthcare systems in Ireland.


13 km (8.12 miles)




City Auginish, Co Clare to Blackrock, Salthill

State/County/Province Galway

Country Ireland

Region Europe


Name Kevin Thornton or Ronan Collins


Event Information

Month: July

Event Date: 20 August 2012

Class: Amateur

Wetsuit: No

Swimmer Limit

Relay (18 teams maximum) and solo (25 individuals maximum) swim

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