Ger makes a splash with ‘Swim Against Suicide’

Happy Father’s Day! Ger Moore pictured with his sons Nathan and Alex after completing 19kms of his Swim Against Suicide on Sunday, June 18th.

Lough Ree Orcas swimmer, Ger Moore, embarked on a gruelling adventure last Sunday which will see him swim from the very top of Lough Allen all the way to Limerick City in a bid to raise funds for mental health charities Jigsaw and Pieta House.

Cheered on by members of the public and a dedicated team of supporters, Ger hopes to complete this daunting challenge in just two weeks.

Speaking to the Roscommon People, just before entering the water last Sunday, Ger said he has been busy in recent months preparing for this mammoth swim.

“My plan is to swim from the top of Lough Allen and swim past King John’s Castle in Limerick City on July 1st, a swim distance of approximately 250km,” he said.

“I am also undertaking this challenge in skins, i.e. without the aid of a wetsuit. I believe this will be the first attempt at swimming the length of the River Shannon without the aid of a wetsuit.

“I am not taking this challenge lightly and have been training hard in preparation for this swim over the past year with friends from Lanesboro Triathlon Club, Coman’s Masters Swimming Club and in the open water with the Lough Ree Orcas swim group”.

Ger said he had been alternating between feeling anxious and feeling excited “about ten times a day” but was looking forward to taking on the challenge.

“There is no such thing as a solo swim, as without the support of family and friends I wouldn’t be able to take on this challenge,” he said.

Ger said he was also blown away by the level of support his fundraising efforts have received so far.

“I’ve been absolutely amazed and humbled by the generosity of supporters who have donated to support both Pieta House and Jigsaw and the work they do to be available for those struggling with their mental health,” he said.

“Thank you to all those who have donated so far. For those who wish to support two very worthy causes, you can donate by visiting”.

So far Ger’s efforts have helped raise over €4,000 for his two chosen charities and it is hoped that donations will continue prior to him reaching Limerick City next Saturday week.