Dermot Higgins attempt to swim the length of the River Shannon with support from Emerald Star

You are invited to attend.

Swim the Shannon Launch

1.00 pm Monday 04 April 2022

Emerald Star Base, George’s Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, County Leitrim, N41 RD29

In early July this year, 60-year-old retired primary school teacher turned adventurer, Dermot Higgins will attempt to swim the entire length of the River Shannon, from source to sea in only 10 days. Dermot hopes to become the oldest, fastest (and the fattest!) person, and the also the first Dubliner to complete this challenge.

The swim will start in Dowra County Cavan on July 1 and finish in Limerick on July 11.

Dermot also hopes to raise €100,000 for Bressie’s mental health charity Lust For Life, through this challenge.

No stranger to adventure and endurance exploits, Dermot has previously paddled the Shannon in three days, become the oldest person to cycle around the world and most recently become the first Irish person to swim for 24 hours non-stop.

As the Shannon Swim is a truly unique challenge and with Dermot’s fascinating suicide survival back story, we believe that there will be considerable interest.  Dermot said: “I’m really excited by the challenge of swimming the Shannon this summer. It’s going to be tough, I’ve swam long distances in the past but 25 km every day for 10 days???? At my pace that’s about 10 hours of swimming every day…”

Dermot is supported in the challenge by: Emerald Star, Le Boat, The Aura Leisure Group and South Eastern Wetsuits

Emerald Star, operated by Le Boat, is the No.1 provider of boating holidays on Ireland’s beautiful inland waterways, bringing together 50 years of experience, expertise and memories. Cheryl Brown, Managing Director of Le Boat says: “There is no doubt that this is an exciting challenge that Dermot is taking on and we wish him luck. We are at Emerald Star are happy to support him and hope he will inspire all those that are able to view the challenge and raise his target funds for charity.”

Emerald Star is delighted to announce that its 2022 programme is on sale, with the Irish boating season open from 14 March to 31 October. For holidaymakers wishing to follow in the footsteps of the journey, a self-drive river cruise on the Shannon with Emerald Star means crystal clear waters, lush green landscapes, beautiful wildlife and exploring monastery ruins, medieval churches, stately homes and more.

Emerald Star is offering a 20% discount on all boats, valid on all departures in 2022 (not including 3-8 June), minimum 3 nights, offer ends 31 March 2022. For example, a three-night self-catered cruise on the Shannon, starting and finishing at Le Boat’s base at Carrick-on-Shannon, on board the Lake Star boat sleeping up to six people, arriving 09 April 2022, is priced from 529€ per boat / £120 pp. (Was £829 per boat, saving 15%)

A seven-night self-catered boating holiday in 2021, starting and finishing at Emerald Star’s base at Carrick-on-Shannon, is priced from €679 per boat. Transport to and from the base not included.

About Emerald Star

With the world’s largest fleet of over 900 self-drive boats, including its newest premier Horizon cruisers, Emerald Star, operated by Le Boat offers the widest choice of fabulous boating destinations in Europe and Canada. Operating in 17 regions across nine countries, their holidays can be whatever guests want them to be, from a full-on action-packed adventure to a slow-paced relaxing chance to unwind.

To plan your Emerald trip: Call 071 962 7633 or visit