Tralee Woman Over Halfway In Her Bid To Swim The English Channel

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Elaine Burrows Dillane

A TRALEE woman is currently aiming to become the first Kerry woman to swim the English channel.

Elaine Burrows Dillane set off in beautiful sunshine from Kent in England this mornin, accompanied by ‘The Optimist’ boat with her supporters, with the aim of reaching France.

As of 3pm this afternoon, she is over halfway to France and according to Kevin Williams aboard The Optimist, writing on the event’s facebook page; “Elaine is still flying , almost eight hours in and she hasn’t missed a stroke . Smiling all the time and reported at her last feed that she feels stronger now than at the start! Some woman is our Elaine!”

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As part of this record-breaking attempt, Elaine is fundraising for Brain Tumour Ireland, a cause close to her heart.

Some years ago, a close family friend of Elaine’s was diagnosed with a brain tumour as a four-year old child.

Thankfully today this child is now a grown up with a family of his own. As a result, Elaine is inspired by the work of Brain Tumour Ireland and wanted to do something to support them, particularly in the area of paediatrics.

100% of all donations to Elaine’s challenge will go directly to Brain Tumour Ireland through

Elaine is no stranger to daring sea swim feats, and, in the summer of 2017, she became the first woman to swim from Blennerville to Fenit and back (16k).

In 2018 she took on an even bigger challenge, accomplishing what no other woman had done before, swimming a total of 21k from Blennerville to the Maharees.

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