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Over 300 swimmers took to the Celtic Sea as part of Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim 2024
This past weekend, hundreds of swimmers of varying skill levels gathered to take part in the thrilling Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim. The event, which is supported by EirGrid, the operator and developer of Ireland’s electricity grid, serves as…
In a nod to the original Pickie to Pier Swim race, which ran from 1910 until the mid-1980s, the 200 participants will now swim an 800-metre course from Skippingstone Beach on the west side of the Bangor Bay to Pickie, the site of a Fun Park at Pickie to the tip of the Eisenhower Pier, and then loop back to the starting point at Skippingstone
On the North Down coast there are among the many open water swimming groups, the Chunky Dunkers at Donaghadee and the Brompton Beaus and Belles near Carnalea and no doubt some of them plus dozens of other will be part…
Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC member) Guy O'Leary is on day 23 of his MileADayinMay2024 in aid of Cancer Research
Royal Irish Yacht Club (RIYC member) Guy O'Leary is on day 23 of his Mile A Day in May 2024 swim supporting the Trinity College/St.James Hospital Cancer Institute- Ireland's first centre of excellence for Cancer Research. This is the fifth…
350 swimmers are expected for three swims of varying length at the Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim Charity Event on June 2nd at Waterford Harbour Sailing Club
The Dunmore East RNLI Open Water Swim Charity Event will be held from Waterford Harbour Sailing Club on Sunday, June 2, with a predicted 350 sea swimmers expected for three swims of varying length - 1,600m, 800m, and 500m. “This…
The popular Sandycove beach near Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Bathing water quality monitoring at Sandycove and other beaches around the coast takes place during the bathing water season (June 1st to  September 15th) according to the Environmental Protection Agency
Bathing water quality around the Irish coast was high overall last year, with 97 per cent of monitored sites meeting or exceeding the minimum standard, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says. The EPA says that some 114 bathing sites (77…
Paddy Conaghan (82) swam in every port and beach along Ireland’s coast this year
Jessika Robson (17) who became the youngest person to swim the North Channel, is one of a number of marine-related nominations for the annual Outsider magazine awards due to be presented this week (Wed 21). The Northern Irish teenager set…
Seagrass which moves hypnotically with the waves and grows in meadows in certain coastal areas is an
Open water swimmers at Galway's Blackrock tower tend to swim east, but scientists would love it if they sometimes swam west – weather permitting. That’s an area rich in seagrass in Galway Bay, and one of a number of habitats…
Swim Ireland is emphasising the focus on increasing the number of people taking part in the aquatics across Ireland
Swim Ireland says it is creating a panel of qualified and experienced swimming teacher and coaches as part of its plan to create “an island of swimmers” “As part of our Strategic Plan 2022-26, Swim Ireland is emphasising the focus…
Irish Sea Swimmers are among nominees in World Open Water Awards
Open water swimmer and author Nuala Moore is one of a number of Irish nominees in the World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) awards. Irish para swimmers Nicola Doran and Patricia Heffernan, Leinster-based swimmer Brianna Jackson and senior male swimmer…
Hooked On Swimmers present a cheque to Fethard RNLI
The Fethard RNLI fundraising committee members in County Wexford, along with some volunteers, gathered last week to receive a significant amount of funds raised by the Hooked On Swimming Group and two businesses with local links. In total, the group…
Paddy Conaghan completes a swim as part of his 'Ducking and Driving Around the Lakes of Ireland for IMNDA' campaign
An 83-year-old Donegal man has set out to swim or dip in lakes across the 32 counties of Ireland to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA). Paddy Conaghan estimates it will take six weeks to complete…
Thousands of people are expected to take to the sea for Christmas morning charity swims, with coastal temperatures hovering around nine to ten degrees Celsius
Thousands of people are expected to take to the sea for Christmas morning charity swims, with coastal temperatures hovering around nine to ten degrees Celsius. A full moon during Christmas week will result in higher tides that could make some…
Open water swimmer Catherine Mulcahy with her publication A Little Book of Happy Swimming Locations
A Little Book of Happy Swimming Locations is a new guide to some of the hidden gems and well-known spots ‘for taking a dip’ all around Ireland. Launched last month, this is the second book on the theme by open…
Jane Hogan, respected teacher and prolific photographer who cherished swimming in the sea
Tributes have been paid to Galway teacher, photographer and open water swimmer Jane Hogan who died recently at the age of 77. As The Sunday Independent reports, Hogan, who was one of the Kenny Bookshop family, was a competitive swimmer…
A normally busy but deserted Forty Foot in Sandycove in June 2019 due to a temporary bathing ban resulting from a wastewater leak
More than half of Ireland’s bathing waters were affected by swimming bans this past summer, an investigation by Noteworthy has revealed. While four in five coastal and inland bathing spots were classed as excellent in 2022, that statistic runs counter…
Swim in Pink- Participants can “dip”,” swim” or “splash”, and will receive a free “Swim in Pink” cap on registering for €25
The National Breast Cancer Research Institute is calling on as many people as possible to “Swim in Pink” during October to help raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The institute says that one in seven Irish women will…