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Event organiser Pat Conway thanking supporters for the past 50 years, and encouraging them to keep up the tradition, at the start of the 50th Lahinch To Liscannor bay swim, to raise money for the Burren Chernobyl Project. Photograph by John Kelly

GALLERY: Pat completes his 50th and final Lahinch to Liscannor swim

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PAT Conway completed the Lahinch to Liscannor Swim on Sunday for the 50th and final time.

While he will continue to be involved in its organisation and in fundraising, it will be the last time Pat will be in the water for the annual swim which he founded as a teenager and kept running for decades.

“There was a massive crowd and we had 120 swimmers. I think the sponsorship will be in the region of €25,000 so it was a great day,” said Pat this week.

Large crowds were present in Liscannor as Pat came in and a presentation was made to him to mark the milestone.

“I was presented with a lovely plaque, which I believe is going to be put on the wall at the Prom at some stage. It was all surprises, it was very emotional and there’s huge thanks due to everyone who helped because it was a very successful day.”

Pat’s two daughters and his son also completed the swim, while other members of his family were also present for the occasion.

The Burren Chernobyl Project is the beneficiary of the annual swim and Pat says they really need all the support they can get, as inflation soars.

“The cost of living has gone up there by 33% in the last year, it’s very hard to get lorries in, it’s very hard to get volunteers in.

“This money will go some way to help Brother Liam when he goes back there in the near future.”

This year the support was really fantastic, he says.

“My son’s fiancée had the idea of a raffle and that brought in nearly €2,500. Then, online nearly €4,500 was raised and going around collecting personally with Brian McCarthy, who comes home from Barcelona every year for it, we got €8,500 which was a fantastic contribution.

“The cards that the swimmers had to get sponsorship themselves, that’s up around €10,000.

“All in all it’ll be around €25,000 and I never went near that before, the best I had done was last year which was €14,000.

“A lot of people knew it was my 50th and last swim and they were very supportive.”

Owen Ryan
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Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.

About Owen Ryan

Owen Ryan has been a journalist with the Clare Champion since 2007, having previously worked for a number of other regional titles in Limerick, Galway and Cork.