On this week’s In Profile with Alan Morrissey – Rosie Foley.
Rosie, who is from Killaloe, is a former Irish rugby international, winning 39 caps for Ireland and playing in two rugby World Cups, two European Championships and 5 Six Nations Championships, while she also excelled at camogie and gaelic football.
She is a qualified swim teacher, tutor, water safety instructor and examiner. She recently became just the second Irish woman to complete the arduous Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, a marathon swimming challenge consisting of three historically important swims around the world – the Catalina Channel between Santa Catalina Island and the Southern California mainland, and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, both in the US, and the English Channel between England and France.
She undertook the charity challenge in memory of her brother, the late Munster and Ireland legend Anthony Foley, with all proceeds going to the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation, children’s charity CARI and CRY, which provides screening and free bereavement counselling for families at risk of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS).
That means Rosie joins an elite group of less than 279 people who have achieved the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.