Pic: West Cork Times

EVEN heroes have to earn a living, and West Cork’s new world-beater Steve Redmond is no different as he settles back into everyday life.

The Ballydehob endurance swimmer was back at work in Skibbereen Tool Hire just days after becoming the first person in the world to complete the Ocean’s 7 Challenge and the unassuming hero told @skibbereentimes he was delighted to be back.

Pic: West Cork Times

“It’s good to be back to normality to be honest,” he said, “I’m lucky to have a job so it’s great to be here”.

Steve said that the welcome from the people of West Cork had been overwhelming and he was stunned by the turnout for his homecoming.

He’s been in big demand with both the local and national media since his return and even met the President in Bantry where he was honoured by the Atlantic Challenge Festival in their Parade of Nations.

Despite all the attention Steve says he is looking forward to everyday life with his family when things calm down a bit and for the moment at least he doesn’t want to see the sea for a while!

Steve wont be giving up the swimming however, as plans are already being put together for a new challenge, a 42km swim from Baltimore to Schull around the Fastnet Rock in aid of Cork Southwest Autistic Association.