Join us for the Bofin Swim!

Date: Saturday 16th September 2023

Enjoy a refreshing swim in crystal clear waters at Inishbofin’s East End bay, with full safety support, refreshments and join us in the evening for a bit of island craic at the after party!                                  

This unique event in aid of Down Syndrome Galway takes place on beautiful Inishbofin Island, situated on Connemara’s stunning Wild Atlantic Way. The island is steeped in history, and is renowned for its traditional music and unspoilt sandy beaches. 


  • 750m swim
  • 1500m out and back swim

Registration fEE €75 includes: 

  • Return ferry crossing
  • Race entry
  • Sponsorship pack
  • Swim cap 
  • Light refreshments provided after race
  • BBQ with live music at 7pm on Saturday evening


As this is a charity event, we require all race participants to raise a minimum of €100 sponsorship for Down Syndrome Galway’s therapy, education and social projects. This charity provides vital services to over 300 children and adults in Galway city and county, and receives no government funding.



  • Ferry departs Cleggan at 11.30am, 2pm, 7.30pm (this ticket is included in your registration fee)


  • 3pm Pre- race briefing, collect race numbers and hand in sponsorship/donations. 
  • 4pm (TBC) Long Race commences 
  • 4pm (TBC) Short Race commences 
  • Post event refreshment at East End 
  • 7pm Barbeque with live music at the Dolphin Hotel

NB Race times approximate and subject to change


  • Ferry departs Inishbofin at 10am, 1pm and 5pm 

Non participants are welcome to attend the Saturday night event, tickets cost €20 – participants can book these for their friends through their njuko booking.

For participants wishing to depart Inishbofin on Saturday evening, the ferry leaves at 5pm


Participants must book their own accommodation. Please visit the Inishbofin website for a full list of hotels, B&Bs, self-catering cottages and hostel options.


To get to Inishbofin…take the ferry from Cleggan in Northwest Connemara, on the Clifden to Westport stretch of the N59. Eircode H91 TC6C  

Citylink buses meet the ferry in Cleggan 

Inishbofin Ferry

The timetable for the Island Discovery ferry can be viewed at

NB: You must leave your car at Cleggan, foot passengers only on the ferry. There is some road side parking available and several carparks charging €4 per day.


  • Wetsuits recommended for safety reasons
  • Support will be provided by RIBS and kayaks
  • Please wear the swim cap provided so we can identify you.
  • East End Bay is a very sheltered bay but may be choppy in certain weather conditions.
  • Sea swimming is different to pool swimming. The shock of entering cold water can affect your breathing and make you tighten up. Also the water may be choppier than you are used to.   We recommend you spend some time training in open water for this event.  If you start to panic, turn onto your back and regain your breath, then start swimming when you are comfortable. 

This event is only for people who are used to sea swimming

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