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Galley Head Swim 2023

Rescheduled to

2nd September 2023

10KM swim around the iconic Galley Head in aid of Marymount Hospice, Cancer Connect and Co-action
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We are delighted to announce that the Galley Head Swim 2023 is now rescheduled to take place on the 2nd of September 2023. 

Please check your emails for detailed information. 

***SWIM UPDATE 21st JULY 2023

It is with immense regret that we have to let you all know that due a Met Eireann Small Craft Warning now in force for Sunday we have no choice but to cancel the Galley Head Swim reson Sunday.


We know this affects lots of plans and arrangements for everybody involved but unfortunately we have absolutely no choice in the matter. And so there is no doubt - there will be nothing happening this weekend. 


As a committee we will now reflect on the feasibility of alternative options and will get back to you as soon as we can.


Sincere thank you all for your understanding and again, for the immense effort and fundraising that has taken place so far. 


We will be in touch


Kind regards


The Galley Head Swim Committee. 

***SWIM UPDATE  20th July 2023***
Unfortunately due to a Small Craft Warning issued by Met Eireann for Saturday 22nd July we can no longer go ahead with the swim on this date.

However the weather is abating on Sunday and it looks like a far better day for it and it's dry also which makes it so much nicer for skippers, crew and relay team members on board.

So the new running order is as follows?


  • Registration from 6:30 to 7:30 this evening (Thursday)in the Celtic Ross Hotel - NO CHANGE

  • Swimmer & Skipper Safety Briefing at 7:30pm also in the Celtic Ross Hotel - NO CHANGE

  • Smaller safety briefing for those travelling from afar in Smugglers cove on Saturday (Time TBC)


  • Beach Registration will commence at 07:45 on Red Strand

  • Wave 1 Marshalling @9:15

  • 1st Swimmer starts @ 09:45

Of course there is still a chance Sunday could go wrong but it looks like a much better day than Saturday.

Really Important:
Can you all coordinate with your skippers now to make sure Sunday works for both of you - If you have no boat we are afraid you cannot swim. Please let us know if you cannot do Sunday.

Unfortunately we are at the mercy of the weather and can only do what is sensible and safe so I hope you will understand but at the same time we do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

So to finish, Registration and Briefing still going ahead tonight, Swim now moved to Sunday morning. Separate briefing for those travelling considerable distances will be on Saturday (Time TBC).


Thank you all for your understanding and support. 


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The Galley Head Swim 2023 will be in aid of of 3 very worthy causes - Marymount Hospice, Cancer Connect and CoAction. . All donations and proceeds will be split equally between the three charities. The swim will start at the Red Strand and go around the Galley Head and finish on the Warren Beach. Each swimmer or relay team will require a boat that is insured and helmed by an experienced boat skipper. One boat per swimmer or team (No kayaks allowed). Minimum entry needed to raise is €500 for an individual and €1000 for a relay team and any donations after that would be greatly appreciated. Relay teams to be made up of two or four swimmers. HQ for the race is The Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery. T-Shirt and race pack will be provided before the swim at the safety briefing and a medal and towel will be given at the finish. Due to the location, the swim is weather depending. A deposit of €100 per individual or €200 per relay team is required when registering. All swimmers must be 18 years or over.

Our Sponsors

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Our Mission

By supporting the Galley Head Swim you will be supporting three of the most treasured charities in Cork.
Read a little bit about them below.

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Marymount Hospice

At Marymount University Hospital & Hospice we offer you three distinct services:

  • Our Hospital offers respite, intermediate palliative and residential care services for the older person.

  • Our Hospice offers specialist palliative care services, at both inpatient and community level.

  • Our Education Centre offers University and other courses, placement and conference facilities.

Cancer Connect

Cancer Connect co-ordinate transport to Cork hospitals for people requiring Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy and related treatments

  • Cancer Connect is a totally free service, supported by voluntary donations and fundraising.

  • Transport for passengers was offered in West Cork originally but due to growing demand is now offered throughout County Cork, with the exception of City Suburbs and surrounds.

  • Cancer Connect is now firmly established in communities as a vital support for many to access Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy treatment in Cork Hospitals. 


CoAction West Cork provides quality services to support children and adults with an intellectual disability and /or autism.

  • This is achieved by helping each service user reach their full potential, working in partnership with their families and carers within the community.

  • CoAction recognise that the children and adults availing of the services and supports are unique individuals with abilities who belong in a world where people with a disability have the absolute right to live a valued, fulfilled life in their own community, with access to the supports that they require to establish and sustain an ‘ordinary life’.


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