The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim (FTMGBS) commenced in 2006 and in 2016 will be in its eleventh year. The event has seen 340 swimmers make successful crossings of Galway bay. The swim is named after the late Frances Thornton, and to date has raised over €500,000 for Cancer Care West.
Now one of Ireland's biggest and longest one day swims, it starts from Aughinish in Co. Clare and finishes at Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill. Given the wind, tide and currents, the swim is a distance of approx. 13 kilometres and can take anything from 2.5 hours to 6 hours to complete. Each swimmer commits to attempting to raise at least €500 for charity. Relay teams are also welcome and commit to raising at least €1000 for our charity partner - Cancer Care West.