Lough Gill 10K

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The Lough Gill 10 km Swim (or the Lough Gill Hospice Swim) is one of the world's marathon swims and is held in County Sligo, Ireland. It was awarded the Best Event of the Year award by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association in 2011 and 2012. The Lough Gill 10 km Swim is a charity event for NW Hospice, Sligo. This annual fundraiser began in 2011 raising over €34,000 to date for the Hospice. It is run by a committee made up of local swimmers and friends of the family of Neill McGarry, for whom the event trophy is dedicated. 57 swimmers completed the 2012 swim.

It is one of Ireland's most popular 10 km events and part of the 2013 Irish Marathon Swim Series.

Lough Gill

Lough Gill (Irish: Loch Gile) is a freshwater lough (lake) mainly situated in County Sligo, but partly in County Leitrim, in Ireland. It is about 8 km long and 2 km wide, and drains into the River Garavogue near Sligo Town. The picturesque lake is surrounded by wooded hills and is popular with birdwatchers, and is overlooked by Parke's Castle. The lake contains about 20 small islands, including the famous Isle of Innisfree.

The first man to successfully swim the English Channel, Captain Matthew Webb, used the lake as part of his training for the feat. He was a friend of W.B. Yeats's grandfather, who lived in the area.

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