Record-breaking swimmers to feature on TV programme

March 30, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

The achievement of the 220 swimmers who shattered the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous open water swim in Camlough Lake is to be featured on an Irish language television programme next month.

The athletes reached their goal on September 19th last when they clocked up an amazing 685.5km – smashing the previous record by a massive 205.5km – after a continuous relay swim lasting a total of 232 hours, 52 minutes and 30 seconds.

Following a verification process which continued until last month, Guinness finally confirmed the ‘Camlough swimmers’ to be the new world record holders of the title.

Big Mountain Productions is tasked with producing the programme, which will be broadcast on Teilifís na Gaeilge (TnaG) at the end of April.

A number of fluent Irish speakers who took part in the record attempt, including a swimmer, a kayaker and a witness, have agreed to be interviewed on their experience for the programme.

The show is to be recorded live in the Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry on Friday April 9th at 7.30pm.

There are 100 audience seats available for this event and anyone with an interest in being part of the audience and showing their support for this remarkable achievement is asked to contact Maria Murphy on 077534 88025 or by email at  Booking is essential.

The organising committee and swimmers involved in achieving this world record are delighted to have received a message of congratulations from President Mary McAleese.  A short address from the President will precede the programme and is also included on a commemorative DVD.


A commemorative DVD has been compiled on the world record swim.  As well as capturing the achievements of those in the water, the compilation includes video footage and still shots of the thousands of visitors who came to witness the spectacle during its ten-day duration.  It also features the many volunteers who toiled away on the periphery, keeping the wheels in motion and spirits up with hard work and impromptu entertainment.

The DVD is priced at £10.00 with all proceeds being donated to charity.  Copies are available by contacting Maria Murphy at the above number.