Martin Cullen


Martin was a prolific marathon organiser, observer, crew, reporter and administrator in every Irish Province to Dover.
He led the acceleration of marathon swimming at the turn of the century Ireland. From 1990 to 2004, there was an average of one English Channel solo success a year (19 in total). Martin made major contributions that had long-term impact in Ireland: organized eight channel relay teams in 2004 and 2005, started the 8-mile Inishbofin Island Challenge 8 miles/12.8 km which he also soloed and Killary Harbour race 12 mile/19.3 km, organised a Channel dinner in Dublin Castle in 2001 and led the way in generating media attention. Part of his legacy is the increase of English Channel soloers from Ireland at an average rate of more than seven per year since 2005 (81 in 11 year for a total of 100 to date) .

Martin also swam in the 2004 and 2005 relays with his daughter Lucy and is revered as one of the fathers of Cork marathon swimming. Martin passed away in 2016.