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The members of the Walrus Swim Team
Six sea swimmers from Ireland have succeeded in their attempt to cross the North Channel in winter — setting a new record in the process. According to RTÉ News, the members of the Walrus Swim Team completed the 35km relay…
The members of the Walrus Swim Team
A team of six sea swimmers aim to make history later this week with the first crossing of the North Channel from Ireland to Scotland in winter. As RTÉ News reports, the Walrus Swim Team comprises regulars at the Forty…
File image of the beach at Leabgarrow (An Leadbh Gharbh) (Leabgarrow) on Arranmore (Árainn Mhór)
RTÉ News reports that an 18-year-old man has died by drowning off the island of Arranmore (Árainn Mhór) in Co Donegal after getting into difficulty while swimming. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon 3 January at the beach at Leabgarrow (An…
Octogenarian Paddy Conaghan from Arranmore
A Donegal octogenarian has set himself the mammoth task of going for an open water swim at as many Irish beaches and piers as possible. As RTÉ News reports, Paddy Conaghan is living out of a van for the duration of his…
An RNLI lifeboat on exercise
The Coast Guard and RNLI are appealing to the public to exercise caution when participating in any activity on or near the water during the Christmas and New Year period, and to be mindful of the restrictions in place to…
File image of Black Rock at Spanish Point in Co Clare
Breaking News reports that a woman has been rescued after getting into difficulty while swimming at Spanish Point on the Co Clare coast this morning (Sunday 28 November). It’s understood that the woman, in her 60s, found herself out of…
File image of Dun Laoghaire RNLI’s inshore and all-weather lifeboats
Both Dun Laoghaire lifeboats were paged by the Irish Coast Guard after an open-water swimmer was reported missing yesterday (Saturday 16 October). The swimmer was part of an organised swimming group who quickly realised that one of their number was…
Bundoran RNLI
Bundoran RNLI was involved in the rescue of a woman who got into difficulty off the Main Beach in Bundoran early yesterday morning (Sunday 10 October). The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat by Malin Head Coast…
Lough Ree RNLI’s Damien Delaney (left) and treasurer Vincent Rafter (right) with swimmers Karen Reynolds and Serena Friel as they present their donation cheque
Athlone open water swimmers Serena Friel and Karen Reynolds have presented Lough Ree RNLI with a cheque for €11,300 following a fundraising swim on the lake last month. Throughout this year the women, who have been swimming regularly at Coosan…
Skerries RNLI returning to station with the swimmers safely on board
Skerries RNLI rescued a man and a woman who got into difficulty while swimming off the north Co Dublin town this week. The lifeboat unit was requested to launch shortly before 5pm on Thursday afternoon (16 September) after a 999 call…
It is 50 years ago since a “Men Only” sign was removed from the entrance to Galway’s Blackrock swimming area. Before this, bathing was officially segregated in Salthill on Galway Bay, at the request of Catholic bishops who believed mixed…
Jessica Macaulay of Canada, with the LE James Joyce in the background, at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series at Downpatrick Head, Mayo on Sunday. The world’s best cliff divers faced possibly their toughest test of the 2021 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series as they leaped, twisted and somersaulted from heights of up to 27m and at speeds in excess of 85km/h into the Wild Atlantic waters below
On a weekend that will go down in cliff diving history, a record 23 tens (top scores) were handed out, two perfect dives were recorded in a single stop for the first time ever, and Carlow Gimeno became the first…
The access steps for swimmers at Rhanbuoy in Carrickfergus
Sea swimmers in the Carrickfergus area now have safer access to the shore after the repair of steps and railings southeast of the Co Antrim town’s marina on Belfast Lough. According to the Carrick Times, local bathers has raised the…
Sligo Bay RNLI’s volunteers approach the two swimmers in distress on their inshore lifeboat
Sligo Bay RNLI reminds sea swimmers of the importance of not struggling against rip currents after two people were rescued from a strong current at the ominously named Deadman’s Point. The volunteer crew were requested to launch their inshore lifeboat shortly…
Ballyholme's Big Swim
Nearly 200 swimmers took to the waters of Ballyholme Bay on Belfast Lough in perfect weather on Saturday 28th August, marking the culmination of a very successful season of regular Monday night swims off the Club slipway. Of the huge…
The Galway Bay swim is much more than a fundraiser; it's the swimming highlight for so many across Ireland
One of Ireland’s longest one-day sea swimming events will extend over a month this year, as the annual Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim goes “virtual” again. The event in aid of Cancer Care West, which is now in its…
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