Local man Aiden Sheridan will attempt to swim the length of the River Shannon in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and East Galway & Midlands Cancer Support. The 43-year-old Carpet fitter by trade will set off on his incredible voyage starting in Dowra Co. Cavan and onto his final destination in Curraghgour Co. Limerick, swimming a total of 245km in 14 days.
Aiden is the youngest son of Tommy & Eilish Sheridan who were prominent in various businesses in town prior their retirement. The motivation behind Aiden’s journey is that cancer has taken a devastating toll on his family. In 2015, his sister Jennifer was diagnosed with the illness and thankfully made a full recovery. In 2017, Aiden’s brother Mark sadly passed away shortly after being diagnosed with the disease.
‘In the couple of days leading up to when he passed away, he was slagging me because I had ran the 52 marathons in 52 weeks for my sister Jennifer the previous year,’ Aiden said. ‘He was slagging me saying: “You did that for her, what are you going to do for me now?”‘ he added.
Four years on and Aiden has decided to take on the challenge and his rigorous training regime has begun, he swims 2 hours at 6.30 am daily at this local hotel pool in Galway city where he lives. Aiden has set up an ‘iDonate’ fundraising page online and he is encouraging everyone to donate to the two worthy causes.
“I would encourage everyone to make a donation because, as my family knows, cancer can strike anyone at any time, and it is so important that as much funding as possible is put into trying to find a cure for this devastating disease and into helping those who provide vital services to cancer patients and their families”, he states. Support can also be shown by sharing the Facebook and Instagram pages, ‘Sheridan Swims the Shannon’.
The marathon voyage swim is scheduled to take place on July 15th this year,
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