2018 SWIM RESULTS
  • 2018 SWIM RESULTS

2018 Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim Results

The morning was partly cloudy with near calm conditions and a light NW breeze at the swim start.  Visibility was excellent and the outline of the hotels in Salthill could be seen across the bay. The main concern was some sightings of Lions Mane jellyfish but fortunately, there were no major incidents reported.

Low tide in Aughinish at 6.41am meant that the tide had turned and was filling by the time the first wave of swimmers entered the water at 8.30am.  The tide was coming in for the duration of the swim but as these were neap tides, the current flow was not significant. High tide in Salthill was at 1.12pm which allowed the swimmers to swim right into the steps for the finish and a great reception from the large crowd gathered at Blackrock.

The wind dropped in the middle section of the bay with near calm conditions which were as good as have been experienced in recent years.  In the afternoon, due to the sunny weather, a strong sea breeze kicked in.  This meant that swimmers that were in the water from 1.00pm onwards saw a big increase in wind (12 Knots) and wave height.

All 141 swimmers made it across safely (55 solo swimmers, 29 relay teams (86 relay team swimmers) – a new record!

  • Date: July 21st, 2018
  • Swim Start Time: 8.30am (Wave 1), 9.15am (Wave 2), 10.00am (Wave 3)
  • Wind Direction: NW then backed to WNW in the afternoon
  • Wind Speed: A light breeze of Force 2 (5 Knots)  in the morning and then increased from 1.00pm onwards to a moderate breeze of Force 4 (12 Knots) by 3.00pm
  • Wave Height: 0.1m to 0.5m
  • Air Temperature: 17°C – 21°C
  • Sea Temperature: 16.7°C
  • Low Tide:  06:41am (1.6m)
  • High Tide: 01.12pm (4.0m)
  • Tidal Range: 2.4m (Note tidal range in 2017 was 4.4m)
  • Wind and Wave Height, Air and Sea Water Temperature from Irish Lights Finnis MetOcean buoy (http://digitalocean.ie/)


NUMBER NAME SURNAME CATEGORY TOGS / WETSUIT TIME COMMENT RESIDENCE
1 Stewart Moore Male Wetsuit 2.27 1st Male Wetsuit UK
2 Therese Corry Female Wetsuit 2.32 1st Female Wetsuit IRL
3 Tiernan Burke Male Wetsuit 2.35 2nd Male Wetsuit IRL
4 David Dowling Male Wetsuit 2.53 3rd Male Wetsuit IRL
5 Brian Desmond Male Wetsuit 2.54 IRL
6 Aaron Mc Gettigan Male Wetsuit 2.55 IRL
7 Alec Frazer Male Wetsuit 3.00 IRL
8 John Burgess Relay 39 Wetsuit 3.01 1st Relay Wetsuit UK
8 Jeff McGinty Relay 39 Wetsuit 3.01 1st Relay Wetsuit IRL
9 Clodagh Murray Female Togs 3.02 1st Female Togs IRL
10 Emily Gallagher Female Wetsuit 3.05 2nd Female Wetsuit IRL
11 John Bates Relay 72 Wetsuit 3.09 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
11 Michael O’Sullivan Relay 72 Wetsuit 3.09 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
11 Michael O’Sullivan (Jnr) Relay 72 Wetsuit 3.09 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
11 Tim O’Sullivan Relay 72 Wetsuit 3.09 2nd Relay Wetsuit IRL
12 Dan Nolan Male Wetsuit 3.11 IRL
13 Simon Walsh Male Wetsuit 3.11 IRL
14 Brian Coll Relay 70 Wetsuit 3.15 3rd Relay Wetsuit IRL
14 Deirdre Coll Relay 70 Wetsuit 3.15 3rd Relay Wetsuit USA
14 Riana Parsons Relay 70 Wetsuit 3.15 3rd Relay Wetsuit IRL
15 Dave O’Loughlin Male Wetsuit 3.17 IRL
16 Gerard Lennon Male Wetsuit 3.19 IRL
17 John Cloonan Male Wetsuit 3.21 IRL
18 Stephen Kelleher Male Wetsuit 3.21 IRL
18 Fiona Shorten Female Wetsuit 3.21 IRL
19 Matthew McGarrigle Male Togs 3.22 1st Male Togs IRL
20 Kenneth Molloy Male Togs 3.24 2nd Male Togs IRL
21 Kate Varley Female Wetsuit 3.30 3rd Female Wetsuit IRL
22 Sinead Cawley Relay 78 Wetsuit 3.34 IRL
22 Ashleen Cawley Relay 78 Wetsuit 3.34 IRL
22 Michael McLoughlin Relay 78 Wetsuit 3.34 IRL
22 Micheal Walsh Relay 78 Wetsuit 3.34 IRL
23 Sarah McNamara Female Wetsuit 3.34 IRL
24 Brian Keville Male Togs 3.36 3rd Male Togs IRL
25 Mark Dwyer Male Wetsuit 3.37 IRL
26 Dominic Burke Relay 80 Togs 3.41 1st Relay Togs IRL
26 Con Collins Relay 80 Togs 3.41 1st Relay Togs IRL
26 Evin Donnelly Relay 80 Togs 3.41 1st Relay Togs IRL
26 Cormac Folan Relay 80 Togs 3.41 1st Relay Togs IRL
27 Adrian Clarke Male Wetsuit 3.45 IRL
27 Niall Kavanagh Male Wetsuit 3.45 IRL
27 Hilary Jennings Relay 79 Wetsuit 3.45 IRL
27 Linda Nally Relay 79 Wetsuit 3.45 IRL
28 Jackie Lillis Female Wetsuit 3.46 IRL
29 Sinead Conneely Female Wetsuit 3.47 IRL
29 Senan Garry Relay 81 Wetsuit 3.47 IRL
29 Conor Heery Relay 81 Wetsuit 3.47 IRL
29 Robert Shaw Relay 81 Wetsuit 3.47 IRL
30 Aidan Currie Male Wetsuit 3.48 IRL
30 Orla McCallion Relay 71A Wetsuit 3.48 IRL
30 Mike O’Connor Relay 71A Wetsuit 3.48 IRL
30 Thierry Mulliez Relay 68 Wetsuit 3.48 FRANCE
30 Hugh O’Donnellan Relay 68 Wetsuit 3.48 IRL
30 Paddy Quinlan Relay 68 Wetsuit 3.48 IRL
30 Pat Quinlan Relay 68 Wetsuit 3.48 IRL
31 Orla Curran Relay 69 Wetsuit 3.51 IRL
31 Orla Murray Relay 69 Wetsuit 3.51 IRL
31 Marka O’Flaherty Relay 69 Wetsuit 3.51 IRL
32 William Johnstone Male Wetsuit 3.52 IRL
33 Shane Devoy Male Wetsuit 3.53 IRL
34 Seamus O’Heocha Male Wetsuit 3.54 IRL
34 Valerie O’Gorman Relay 62 Wetsuit 3.54 IRL
34 Rachel Scott Relay 62 Wetsuit 3.54 IRL
35 Orla Carey Female Wetsuit 3.55 IRL
35 Kenneth O’Dea Male Togs 3.55 IRL
35 Sinead Cooney Relay 74 Wetsuit 3.55 IRL
35 Niamh Cooney Relay 74 Wetsuit 3.55 IRL
35 Fiona Cooney Relay 74 Wetsuit 3.55 IRL
35 Anne Cooney Relay 74 Wetsuit 3.55 IRL
35 Martin McCarthy Relay 74 Wetsuit 3.55 IRL
35 Jackie McCarthy Relay 74 Wetsuit 3.55 IRL
36 Grainne O’Connor Female Wetsuit 3.56 IRL
37 Alan Wilke Male Togs 3.57 CORK
38 Roisin Kelly Female Togs 3.58 2nd Female Togs IRL
38 John O’Sullivan Male Togs 3.58 IRL
38 Elaine Byrne Relay 64 Wetsuit 3.58 IRL
38 Nora Carty Relay 64 Wetsuit 3.58 IRL
38 Bill Doyle Relay 64 Wetsuit 3.58 IRL
38 Joe Smyth Relay 64 Togs 3.58 IRL
39 Caroline Doorly Relay 71 Wetsuit 3.59 IRL
39 Fiona Monaghan Relay 71 Wetsuit 3.59 IRL
39 David Shiel Relay 71 Wetsuit 3.59 IRL
40 Gerard Daly Relay 77 Wetsuit 4.03 IRL
40 Anita Murphy Relay 77 Wetsuit 4.03 IRL
40 Gerry Purcell Relay 77 Wetsuit 4.03 IRL
41 Des Kelly Relay 67 Wetsuit 4.04 IRL
41 Mark Long Relay 67 Wetsuit 4.04 IRL
41 Kevin McGinley Relay 67 Wetsuit 4.04 IRL
41 Barry Reddan Relay 67 Wetsuit 4.04 IRL
42 Corra Coppinger Female Wetsuit 4.05 IRL
42 Rick Geraghty Relay 76 Wetsuit 4.05 IRL
42 Nicola McNicholas Relay 76 Wetsuit 4.05 IRL
42 Ciara Smyth Relay 76 Wetsuit 4.05 IRL
43 Fiona Lyons Female Wetsuit 4.06 IRL
43 Richard O’Connell Relay 75 Wetsuit 4.06 IRL
43 Rita O’Donoghue Relay 75 Wetsuit 4.06 IRL
43 Kevin Thornton Relay 75 Wetsuit 4.06 IRL
43 Claire Thornton Relay 75 Togs 4.06 IRL
43 Stephen Thornton Relay 75 Wetsuit 4.06 IRL
43 Ciaran Walsh Relay 75 Wetsuit 4.06 IRL
44 Edward Davis Male Wetsuit 4.08 USA
45 Mike Flannelly Male Togs 4.09 IRL
45 Joe Kennelly Male Togs 4.09 IRL
46 Steve Cleary Male Wetsuit 4.10 CORK
46 Tony Rafferty Male Wetsuit 4.10 CORK
47 Diarmuid McMahon Relay 65 Wetsuit 4.11 IRL
47 Ruairc O’Tuairisg Relay 65 Wetsuit 4.11 IRL
48 Mark Dunleavy Male Togs 4.12 IRL
48 Gillian Gannon Female Wetsuit 4.12 IRL
49 Deborah Coffey Female Wetsuit 4.15 IRL
50 Darragh Foley Male Togs 4.16 IRL
50 Anna Leask Relay 73 Wetsuit 4.16 UK
50 Malissa Looney Relay 73 Wetsuit 4.16 USA
50 Aisling Lynch Relay 73 Wetsuit 4.16 IRL
51 Ann Heskin Female Wetsuit 4.21 IRL
52 Fiona Fitzgerald Relay 59 Togs 4.24  2nd Relay Togs IRL
52 Gemma Garvey Relay 59 Togs 4.24  2nd Relay Togs IRL
52 Anne Kennedy Relay 59 Togs 4.24  2nd Relay Togs IRL
52 Ruth Molloy Female Wetsuit 4.24 IRL
53 Suzie McWalter Female Wetsuit 4.26 IRL
54 Siobhain Ryan Female Wetsuit 4.29 IRL
55 Kathy Concannon Relay 66 Wetsuit 4.30 IRL
55 Deirdre Conneely Relay 66 Wetsuit 4.30 IRL
55 Olivia McSharry Relay 66 Wetsuit 4.30 IRL
55 Claire Murphy Relay 66 Wetsuit 4.30 IRL
56 Patrick Kennedy Male Wetsuit 4.32 IRL
56 Cate Crowe Relay 60 Wetsuit 4.32 IRL
56 Lynn O’Loughlin Relay 60 Wetsuit 4.32 IRL
57 Des Broaders Male Wetsuit 4.35 IRL
58 Kim Burke Relay 63 Wetsuit 4.38 IRL
58 Rebecca O’Reilly Relay 63 Wetsuit 4.38 IRL
59 Tony Canavan Relay 58 Wetsuit 4.39 IRL
59 Michael Canavan Relay 58 Wetsuit 4.39 IRL
59 Ger Cullen Relay 58 Wetsuit 4.39 IRL
59 Ben Kinsella Relay 58 Wetsuit 4.39 IRL
60 Barry O’Connor Male Togs 4.57 IRL
61 James Collins Relay 61 Wetsuit 5.02 IRL
61 Jerry Collins Relay 61 Wetsuit 5.02 IRL
62 Lorna Farren Relay 57 Togs 5.09  3rd Relay Togs IRL
62 Sorcha Rabbitte Relay 57 Togs 5.09  3rd Relay Togs IRL
63 Ann Marie Leonard Female Wetsuit 5.13 IRL
Other Fergal Madden Male Togs 3.25 Swam on 14th July, 2018 IRL
Other Pat Mulcahy Male Wetsuit 5.45 Swam on 20th July, 2018 CORK