Archive for the ‘Ireland’ Category

250h0078a462a314a2d3b62bb4557169ba0fThe Westmeath Independent reports: A 57-year-old American who twice survived cancer is bidding to become the first person ever to swim the length of the River Shannon. Dean Hall set off on this remarkable challenge at the northern tip of Lough Allen on June 5.

“It is taxing, but I’ve found that with marathon swimming, as with cancer recovery and life, we are much more limitless than we would ever consider. “We put limits on ourselves mostly because of fear we have, or because of what other people tell us is our limit. Once we take those limits off ourselves, and let our bodies and our minds do what they were created to do, we can do nearly anything.

Along the way Dean is raising money for an Irish charity, the Childhood Cancer Foundation, which helps to fund services for children and families affected by childhood cancer. More…


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Maureen McCoy and Paul McCambridge have produced Wild Swimming Ireland; inspiring swimmers to get off the beaten track and find amazing locations for swimming, diving and snorkeling, dipping into the top 20 of Irish Interest books on Amazon.


The Irish have a deep affinity with the water and are spoiled by some of the most beautiful outdoor swimming spots in the world.
Take a dip under the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge off the rugged coast of Ulster; circumnavigate Devenish Island in the freshwater Lough Erne; explore the rockpool at Hook Head Lighthouse; drop from high diving boards into Galway Bay; or slip along the Wild Atlantic Way’s hidden beaches and isolated coves.
From secret coves to serene rivers and lakes, there is something to suit swimmers of every ability. Expert tips, spectacular photos and practical information make wild swimming safe and invigorating for everyone. The maps, grid references and clear directions make it easy to find these locations where you can join the wild swimmers and get away from the hordes on supervised beaches and in crowded pools. Take the plunge in some of the most awe-inspiring corners of Ireland’s landscape. More…

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Campaigners in Co Down are desperately trying to save one of the last open-air sea water swimming pools in Ireland from closure. Reports the Belfast Telegraph…

The pool is open for eight weeks during the summer months at a cost of £45,000 to the new council, which is looking to save money in these times of austerity.

A statement from petition organisers says: “Newry, Mourne and Down Council are proposing to close the iconic Rock Pool in Newcastle Co Down in order to save £45,000,

“The 100-year-old pool is a much-loved and well-supported facility and is the last open-air sea water swimming pool in Ireland.

“It has provided generations of locals, sports people and visitors the opportunity to learn water safety, lifesaving and swimming in a unique cold sea water environment.

“It is a true cross-community facility and has attracted visitors to Newcastle town for 100 years.” More…

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