Long distance swimmer Owen O’Keefe arrived to a hero’s welcome in Youghal, Co Cork after successful completing his non-stop solo swim from Fermoy to Youghal in a time of 12 hours 8 minutes.
Click on the video below to see the fantastic reception Owen received.
Owen began his epic journey at 7:00am from Fermoy Rowing Club, with crew consisting of three trusty kayakers, Donal Buckley, Mona Sexton and Maura Murphy. Having crossed weirs at Fermoy, Clondulane and Lismore and the many rapids in between, he reached tidal waters before the town of Cappoquin. There, he was greeted by the support boat, a 28-foot half-decker called “Maeve Óg”, captained by Tony Gallagher of Blackwater Cruises and his first mate, his little terrier, Pharaoh! The long distance swimmer celebrated with family and friends at the quayside in Youghal before having a quick shower and retiring to the nearby Quay’s Bar and Restaurant where he and the crew were served complimentary steak and spuds.
Owen O’Keefe, a native of Fermoy, County Cork is a renowned open water swimmer from Ireland and is among the most famous swimmers of Sandycove Island. He received the Margaret Smith Award from the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association in 2012 for his individual contributions to open water swimming and organised the 2012 Irish Long Distance Swimming Association award ceremonies and the Martin Duggan Memorial Swim.