« BackKerryman swims the English Channel

A Kerry man has become the 51st Irish person – and the second Kerry man to swim the English Channel.

Kristian O'Donovan

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.