Donegal man swims a ten mile dangerous stretch of water between Tory Island and the mainland for charity.

Henry O'Donnell from Carrickfinn in County Donegal has made swimming history by swimming from Tory Island to the Donegal mainland. While this is not first time someone has successfully completed the swim Henry O'Donnell has done it in record time.   

On the last leg of the challenging and dangerous stretch of water Henry was joined by three others. Although violently sick during the swim Henry O'Donnell supported by the team made it to shore making swimming history.

Setting out from Portdown Pier at 1.30pm he arrived in Magheraroarty just after 8.00 pm where he was greeted ashore by family and friends.

The swim took 6 hours, 11 minutes and 29 seconds beating the previous record of 6 hours 45 minutes set by Belfast man Jack McClelland in 1968 (despite the fact that report refers to 1964). Jack was also at Magheraroarty to congratulate Henry on his success.

Several swimmers have attempted the journey over the years but only one has ever been successful.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 July 1995. The reporter is Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill.