‘The Legend Ted Keenan – Triple Channel Swimmer (1934 – 2013)’ exhibition opens at Fermanagh County Museum

Published: 4th July 2017

An exhibition documenting the achievements of Enniskillen born long distance swimmer, Ted Keenan, was opened by the Vice Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird on Saturday 1 July at Fermanagh County Museum, Enniskillen Castle.

Speaking at the launch, Councillor Baird said, “Ted Keenan’s exploits are known worldwide. As the first Irishman to swim the English Channel and the second man ever to swim the three channels – English, North and Bristol, Ted’s name was highly regarded in the world of long distance swimming. Indeed he was formally inducted into the Fort Lauderdale International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1984. Legend is sometimes a word which is often thrown around lightly but certainly in Ted’s case it is more than merited.”

‘The Legend Ted Keenan – Triple Channel Swimmer (1934-2013)’ exhibition, which has been made possible by the generosity of the Keenan family, features stories, images, certificates, trophies and memorabilia charting the local man’s accomplishments.

A representative of the Keenan family said “We were very proud to be in attendance at the launch of this excellent exhibition about our daddy, Ted Keenan. The exhibition gives the people of Fermanagh and visitors to our town the chance to understand daddy’s achievements and learn a little about what it took to be a Triple Channel Swimmer and a member of the Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Daddy would have been honoured to have been part of such an exhibition and we are pleased to give people a chance to see some of the certificates, photograph, trophies and memories of his remarkable swimming career. It’s a shame that he’s not alive today to see this unique exhibition as he would have enjoyed it immensely.
As a family, we would like to thank Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Sarah McHugh, Museum and Heritage Manager and the staff of Fermanagh County Museum, Enniskillen Castle and in particular, Sinead Reilly for all her hard work and dedication to the exhibition”

As part of the launch, Sinead Merrigan, representing the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association, made a presentation of a medal to the Keenan family in recognition of Ted’s North Channel swim in 1973. At that time there was no such recognition of the North Channel swim.

The exhibition will be on display at Fermanagh County Museum until Sunday 24 September 2017. Museum opening times are Monday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. Normal admission rates apply.

For further information please contact Fermanagh County Museum at Enniskillen Castle by telephoning 028 6632 5000 or visiting www.enniskillencastle.co.uk
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