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Galley Head Swim 2024


13th July 2024

Back up date : 27th July 2024



10KM swim around the iconic Galley Head in aid of Marymount Hospice, Cancer Connect and Co-action

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On Friday 8th December at the Celtic Ross Hotel we were delighted to present final cheques to Marymount University Hospice, CoAction West Cork and Cancer Connect - Totallying an incredible €104,613.08 with each charity receiving €34,871.03.

We are absolutely delighted with the amount of funds raised this year and are so grateful for everyone's generousity - those who donated and supported this event - and of course thank you to our phenomenal Swimmers (those who swam on the day and those who did their swims virtually), Skippers, All our Safety Crews, our Sponsors - Secon, The Lagoon Activity Centre, A Cut Above, Smugglers Cover, Celtic Ross Hotel, Dave Scully - Scully's Butchers, Londis Rosscarbery, O'Briens Rosscarbery, Dunnes Stores, Hodnett Forde Property Services, West Cork Sauna, Clonakilty RFC - It just couldn't happen without your support.

Pictured are Mary Lowney (Marymount), Jim Murphy (Cancer Connect) and Neil Ashworth (CoAction) with Justin, Margaret and Geoff from the GHS Committee.

Do keep an eye on social media and emails for updates and news coming soon - and in the meantime wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year.

Thank you so much!

The Galley Head Swim Committee.



The Galley Head Swim 2024 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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