Mark to swim Lough Melvin for Irish Kidney Association

Charity swim

Mark to swim Lough Melvin for Irish Kidney Association

Kinlough's Mark McGowan will undertake an epic journey to swim the length of Lough Melvin this Sunday, July 31 for the Irish Kidney Association (IKA).

Mark will be the first person to swim the length of Lough Melvin end to end from Garrison to Kinlough (13km) and he is completing the challenge for the IKA and his uncle Sean McGowan who is his inspiration.

Sean McGowan was born with Spina Bifida. From the moment he was born he had to fight.

A lot of his life has been spent in and out of hospital. As a direct result of having Spina Bifida Sean had total kidney failure in 1989.

Sean had three young girls at the time and no matter how sick he was he gave his all to them.

He was fortunate to “get the call” of a kidney match and had a new kidney transplanted in 1991.

Through thick and thin the IKA has been there to support Sean and patients like him.

Sean and his family are indebted to the IKA and to the kidney donor, they are asking people to be a hero and be a donor.

Mark who loves to competitively run and cycle does not like swimming, that is why he has specifically chosen this challenge. This mammoth challenge has taken over 200 hours of training.

Those who wish to donate to this charity can visit:

There will be a fanfare of supporters awaiting Mark's arrival at Kinlough Pier on Sunday with music and events getting underway from 1pm.