Fló Beo: Three Leitrim win made the decision to become the first women ever to swim the length of the Shannon. They aim to complete the project by the end of the month. Pictured: Toni McGlynn, Heather Maxwell and Eileen Maxwell.
Fló Beo: First Women to Swim The Shannon
The race against time is on as three Leitrim women aim to swim the length of the River Shannon before the end of the month. They are halfway through the swim, and covered 13.6 km from Clonmacnoise to outside Shannonbridge yesterday. There were crowds ready to greet them, including the first Irish man to swim the Shannon, Paddy O’Donnell
Eileen, Toni and Heather are swimming to raise awareness for A Lust for Life Mental Health Charity and the Irish Cancer Society, and are looking for people to support them any way they can. Fló Beo is their concept name, which means ‘the living flow’ and represents the flow of life in us all and being fulfilled in the present moment as truly a way of living. Being ‘in flow’ helps enrich mental and physical wellbeing.
Yesterday ladies covered 13.6 km from Clonmacnoise to outside Shannonbridge. Spurred on by the flow of the water and crowds out to greet them. Paddy O’Donnell first Irish man to swim the Shannon even came out to see how our ladies are? loads good Advise @HealthyIreland pic.twitter.com/8gcQlTfVtH
— Fló Beo Shannon Swim 2019 (@FloBeo2019) August 14, 2019
The women said, “The prospect of swimming the 260km distance is a great challenge for us, one we are totally relishing. We want this 3/4 week Event to go down in History.”
The swim started at the bridge in Dowra in Cavan and will be finishing at Arthurs Quay in Limerick City. They were inspired by their youngest swimmer Heather Maxwell, aged 20, who suggested the Swim over afternoon tea with her mother Eileen, whilst over-looking the Shannon. There have only ever been two other men who swam the Shannon, American man Dean Hall in 2017 and the first Irish man Paddy McDonnell in 2018.