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Swilly Seals Swim the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way

3rd December 2017, Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny

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On 3 December 2017 the swimmers of Swilly Seals Swimming Club in Letterkenny are going to attempt to swim the distance of the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way, 573,000 metres. This fundraiser will raise necessary funds for the club, otherwise the club faces closure in June 2018. By way of giving something back, the club are going to donate 25% of the funds that they raise to three charities being St. Vincent de Paul, Pieta House & Donegal Hospice.

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Key Facts

  • Club formed 1985
  • Currently 127 swimmers, between 7 to 17 years of age across 4 squads
  • In July 2017, club had 4 swimmers aged between 13 and 17, competing at Division 1 National Level. This is the elite level of swimming in Ireland.
  • All coach and committee members act in a voluntary basis.

Financial position

  • Over the past number of years the club has seen its contribution it receives from the local authority cut by 50%
  • In June 2017 the increased its membership fees by €100 for all squads.
  • The club is projected to run out of money in the summer 2018.

Proposed Fundraiser

On 03 December 2017, Swilly Seals is going to swim the distance of the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way Ultra ( from Letterkenny all around the Donegal Wild Atlantic Way and back to Letterkenny, 573,000 metres (573km), this swim will take place in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny.

As part of our fundraising Swilly Seals have decided to give 25% of all money raised to Three Charities,

  • Pieta House (
  • Donegal Hospice (
  • Vincent de Paul (

The charities selected have confirmed that all monies raised by this fundraising will be retained by the charities here and used for services in Donegal.

Fundraising Target

Through a combination of Corporate, SME business and swimmers we target on raising €20,000.

Fundraising Target                                                                        20,000

Proportion given to Charity                                                           5,000

Retain by Swilly Seals                                                                   15,000



Pat McDermott

Tel: +353 (0)74 91 29879


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