A Kerry man has become the 51st Irish person – and the second Kerry man to swim the English Channel.
Glenbeigh-based Kristian O’Donovan swam from Dover in England to Cap Gris-Nez in France in 13 hours and 48 minutes.
The Tralee businessman grew up swimming competitively in Tralee and worked as a lifeguard in Ballybunion.
Most recently, he volunteered as head coach with Killarney Swimming Club.
Only around 40% of those who attempt the swim actually complete it.
Mr O’Donovan says the feat is his All-Ireland medal.
He credited his brother-in-law Cathal, who has Down Syndrome as his inspiration.
Diarmuid Boyle from Beale swam the English Channel in 2009.