Kilrush woman swims the Strait of Gibraltar

Kilrush woman swims the Strait of Gibraltar


strait-of-gibraltar-210455_1920A Kilrush woman who became the 60th Irish person to swim the English Channel in 2012 has completed a new personal goal.

Fionnuala Walsh swam The Straight of Gibraltar on Thursday completing her journey between Tarifa in Spain and Morocco in 3 hours 30 minutes, a new Irish record.

The Strait of Gibraltar is a narrow strait that connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea and separates Gibraltar and Peninsular Spain in Europe from Morocco and Ceuta (Spain) in Africa. Europe and Africa are separated by 7.7 nautical miles (14.3 km; 8.9 mi) of ocean at the strait’s narrowest point. The Strait’s depth ranges between 980 and 2,950 ft.

Fionnuala is also the first and currently only Irish female and 85th individual in the world to claim a Triple Crown in Marathon Swimming. In 2014, she completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.