A former Irish rugby international who realised her childhood dream by swimming the English Channel in July was awarded a Civic Reception by Clare County Council this week.
Just weeks after swimming the length of Lough Derg, Rosie Foley from Killaloe took on the English Channel, considered the “Everest of Open Water Swimming’.
Rosie had to undergo a strict medical and complete a six hour qualification swim in water under 16C before she could set off on her dream swim.
The mother of three set off from Shakespeare’s beach near Dover accompanied by her pilot boat ‘Optimistic’ with Paul Foreman at the helm.
Rosie’s husband Pat Minogue and good friend Fionnuala Walsh, who completed her own Channel swim in 2012, acted as her support team.
After 15 hours and 53 minutes swimming across one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes the accomplished athlete stepped onto a French beach. The Channel is almost 22 miles (35 kilometres) wide at it’s narrowest point.
Last June, Rosie swam the 39.32km length of Lough Derg in 13 hours 10 minutes last month. She undertook the challenge with fellow swimmer James Lynch, also from Clare.
She is a qualified swim teacher, tutor, water safety instructor and examiner and has an honours degree in Physical Education & Geography and holds a Masters degree in Science from the University of Limerick. She teaches physical education and geography in St Anne’s Community College in Killaloe, Co Clare.
Rosie’s father Brendan is also a former Irish international as was her brother Anthony, who is Munster’s coach.