A DONEGAL man who was aiming to become the first person to finswim solo around the island of Ireland has suspended his attempt due to Covid-19.
Henry O’Donnell ( Anrí Ó Domhnaill ) reached the half-way point of his expedition on Januaury 28.
His challenge began in September from Carrickfinn Beach.
After over 700km, he has suspended his efforts.
With Covid-19 figures still high nationwide, Mr O’Donnell said his decision was taken as ‘safety of the expedition crew is the number one priority’.
He said: The unforeseen Covid-19 situation and recent pandemic developments caused serious additional logistics challenges and other hurdles, resulting in increased operational expedition running costs.”
The 56-year-old’s Round Ireland Finswim expedition was raising money for Irish Cancer Society and Water Safety Ireland and he had raised over €40,000.
The idea and concept of solo swimming around the Irish coast was conceived by Henry as far back as 1990.Tags: