Woman first person since 1929 to complete arduous Irish swim

Heather Clatworthy as she began her 13 mile swim from Stroove in Co Donegal to Portstewart in Northern Ireland
Heather Clatworthy as she began her 13 mile swim from Stroove in Co Donegal to Portstewart in Northern Ireland

A charity worker has become the first swimmer in almost 90 years to cross a 13-mile stretch of sea between two coastal beauty spots off Ireland’s north coast.

Mother-of-two Heather Clatworthy, 34, emerged from the Atlantic as only the second person to traverse the waves between the idyllic Stroove beach on Co Donegal’s Inishowen peninsula and the seaside resort of Portstewart in Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

The feat was first achieved in 1929 by famed English channel swimmer Mercedes Gleitze, who was asked to take on the challenge to help promote tourism on the scenic coastline.

The charity manager completed the swim in less than five hours, having anticipated the challenge would take between eight and 10 hours.