Eilís Burns


Eilis is the most successful marathon swimming coach in Ireland and had a tremendous influence in County Cork achieving a count of 149 local marathon swimmers. She coached almost all of the 34 Cork based 25 km+ marathoners. This includes more than 20 of the English Channel soloers from 2005 to 2017. Eilis also coached aspiring Maura Twoney from Boston to channel solo success.

She coached many of the other Cork marathoners though her years at Source Fitness, Cork Masters and some from the age of 3.
Eilis didn’t take pay for her English Channel coaching – rather she insisted that her swimmers raise charity funds – which exceeded 100,000 euro.

She is a marathon swimmer in her own right with a wetsuit solo from Formigues Illes to Medea (Spain) 13.9 miles/22.3 km in 2015. Eilis also completed (in skins) the earliest marathon swim recorded in County Cork: Blackrock Village to Cobh 8.1 miles/13 km in 1973.