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The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim (FTMGBS) is a charity swim event across Galway Bay and is held in July each year. The swim commenced in 2006 and is named after the late Frances Thornton. 

Now one of Ireland's biggest, longest (and friendliest) 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.


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