River Blackwater

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The Kockmealdown Mountains as seen from the River Blackwater near Dromana, Co. Waterford in August 2012 (Photograph: Donal Buckley).
The River Blackwater or Munster Blackwater River (Irish: An Abhainn Mhór or Abha Mhór na Mumhan (Munster dialect), the "Great River") is the third longest river in Ireland. It rises in the Mullaghareirk Mountains on the Cork/Kerry border and flows through the Cork towns of Mallow and Fermoy as well as the Waterford towns of Lismore and Cappoquin before emptying into the Celtic Sea at Youghal, Co. Cork. The river is 170 km in length and is suitable for swimming at many locations along its length.

Continent: Europe

Country: Ireland

Province: Munster

Counties: Kerry, Cork, Waterford

Source: Mullaghareirk Mountains, Co. Kerry

Mouth: Youghal Harbour, Co. Cork

Martin Duggan Memorial Swim

The Martin Duggan Memorial Swim (Irish: Snámh Cuimhneacháin Martin Duggan) is held in the River Blackwater at Fermoy Rowing Club in County Cork. This is a 2 km race in which participants swim upstream (against a minimal current) for the first 1 km and then downstream for the second 1 km. The race is held annually in memory of Martin Duggan, a local schoolboy who drowned accidentally in the river on 12 July 2007, aged 14 years. In memory of Martin Duggan, the Martin Duggan Memorial Shield for the Youngest Swimmer has been awarded each year since 2009.

Long Distance Swims

A number of individuals have completed long distance swims on the River Blackwater. These swims include:

Course Distance Swimmers
Ballyhooly to Fermoy 9.2 km Owen O'Keefe and Ned Denison (2010)
Fermoy to Ballyduff 18.6 km Owen O'Keefe (2012)
Ballyduff to Cappoquin 15.0 km Owen O'Keefe (2012)
Cappoquin to Youghal 26.4 km Owen O'Keefe (2012)

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