I started swimming in a pool in my twenties to ditch the gym. A beach swim to a pontoon one summer in West Cork started my sea swimming days. I took to the ocean in a wetsuit on my own initially, but soon found myself swimming in a little group with friends, and friends of friends who wanted to give it a go, or train for triathlons. I swam around Sandycove Island, West Cork, Ireland for a few years along with some dips in Myrtleville, Co. Cork. On moving to NYC I found my way to Brighton Beach first in 2014. A few years later I returned and dropped the wetsuit for some colorful trunks.
I have swam in the Sandycove Challenge (2015 + 2016), Grimaldos mile (2014), RichiesGoldenMile (Garnish Island to Baltimore Harbour 2013), Gaddin Abt Garnish (3km 2013), Schull Cross Harbor 2011, & Sandycove challenge 2009 to 2013. I have crewed a 20 Bridges Swim (2020), crewed CIBBOWS Juicy Lucy Swim (2020), and pacemaker/crew Catalina Channel Swim (2022). I have swim angeled and done course set up/breakdown for Grimaldo’s Mile 2021-2022, Triple Dip 2021, and Seagate to Coney 2022. I have led CIBBOWS group swims and intro swims in 2021 & 2022. I am a member of the world-famous Coney Island Polar Bear Club, have joined in on the Danny Crowley memorial Christmas swim in Cork, and have partaken in the Swedish-American Swimming League.