A Tramore man who set off over five weeks ago on a quest to "paddleboard" around the island of Ireland, has returned home in triumph.

Jim Swift left Tramore on 21 June in an attempt to become the first person to circumnavigate the island by paddling a surfboard with his hands, as opposed to standing on the surfboard, and to raise money for Waterford Hospice.

He spent between five and ten hours each day on his board, after setting off towards Cork on his first day and then travelling in a clockwise direction.

His father and brother accompanied him at different stages of the journey, on a relay basis, and he camped out most nights during the intervening weeks, spending an occasional night in a hostel.

A large crowd gathered at ladies' slip in Tramore today, and along the seaside town's promenade, to welcome him home.

Dozens of surfers also made their way out to see him as he rounded Brownstown Head and arrived into Tramore Bay, as did two RNLI boats.

He was greeted on the slip just after 2pm by his wife Meadhbh, as well as five-year-old Deici and three-year-old Art, along with many other family members and friends.

"Glad to be home," was his first reaction on arrival.

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