Lough Gill Swim 23

Lough Gill Swim 10km

Supporting NW Hospice



The Lough Gill Hospice Swim is an annual event held every August in memory of Neill McGarry, who passed away in the care of The North West Hospice. 


Over the last 12 years, the event has raised €365,000 for The North West Hospice, with swimmers raising sponsorship to complete the marathon 10km swim from Parkes Castle to the Back Avenue in Doorly Park.


The event was the brainchild of Paul McGarry and Kieran Fitzgerald. In 2009, they both swam the length of Lough Gill in October 2009. It was cold and they swam over rocks, got tangled up in weeds and became very disorientated. Despite being covered in cuts and bruises and only have the assistance of one kayaker, they managed to finish. This was the beginning of the Lough Gill Swim. It started with two swimmers all those years ago.

The swim is in memoriam of Pauls's late nephew Neil McGarry, who passed away in 2009 under the care of the North West (NW) Hospice. The care Neill received at the NW Hospice inspired Paul to organise a fundraiser for the hospice, which evolved into the Lough Gill Hospice Swim. The primary purpose of the swim is to raise much-needed funds for NW Hospice, Sligo. 

Minimum 18 years old