Arranmore man Paddy is home from the sea again while raising funds for the RNLI
Paddy Conaghan worked in tunnels in Thailand, Hong Kong, Denmark, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man and every place from Lands End to John O’ Groats, but he says his greatest achievement was driving and ducking 515 times at beaches clockwise around Ireland as he celebrated his 82nd birthday.
His chosen charities this time continues to support mental health and a charity close to his heart, the RNLI.
Nora Flanagan, Arranmore RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer, spoke to Paddy on arrival back in Arranmore on Sunday 13 March and said: 'Paddy is the most unassuming, modest man I have the pleasure to know, I asked him about his World Open Water Swimming Awards Man of the Year award , an award which celebrate individuals and offerings that embody the spirit of open-water swimming and have positively impacted the community, showcasing their determination, fortitude, sense of adventure, tenacity and perseverance and he said he didn’t think he deserved it because many people swim in the sea. Yes they do, but not many would dive into the sea several times a day around Ireland in the middle of winter to raise funds for charity.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.
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