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Fethard sea swimming group 'Hooked on Swimming', has begun its '12 swims of Christmas'. Until their final swim on New Year's Day, the swimmers will brave the elements and swim 12 times for the RNLI. The 12 Swims group began last year and has grown from strength to strength, now comprising 140 swimmers
Fethard RNLI’s fundraising branch has begun to distribute RNLI Christmas cards to local shops and businesses, while local swimming group Hooked on Swimming have begun their 12 swims of Christmas fundraiser which will see proceeds raised to power the lifesaving…
Chris Gallagher after completing the 2022 Dublin Marathon in his bare feet
An Omagh man who was rescued by the Irish Coast Guard after he was caught in a rip current off a Donegal beach in July has completed the Dublin Marathon in his bare feet to raise awareness of water safety…
Rosie Foley pictured in training
A former Irish rugby international has become only the second Irish woman to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. Rosie Foley recently crossed 32.3km between Catalina Island and the mainland of Southern California to match the rugby union…
Competitors in a previous Liffey Swim
The annual Liffey Swim was held in Dublin city centre on Saturday (24 September) with nearly 500 people taking part, as RTÉ News reports. Dublin Swimming Club’s Ken Dent took the men’s honours, leading from the outset and setting a…
University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris - the current EU bathing water quality directive requires updating
Preliminary research into the impact of harmful organisms in bathing water suggests that regular sea swimmers leading a healthy life may have some protection. University of Galway expert Prof Dearbháile Morris cautions that the indications are preliminary, and require more…
270 swimmers took part in the River Boyne Swim
The seventh annual Boyne Swim took place on Saturday, 10th September, with the biggest entry ever of 270 swimmers taking part on the day. It was a beautiful sunny day with excellent weather conditions, and the River Boyne was in…
The open water skills programme is for experienced swimmers who want to improve their technique, skills and stamina in open water
Dippers to Swimmers, Beach to Buoy, open water skills and yoga and dip are among Swim Ireland’s tuition programmes for its summer season. The 45-minute classes, which will run for four or six weeks depending on location around the Irish…
Galway City Council has imposed a ban on swimming at two beaches due to E.coli contamination. The bacterial contamination was detected during tests at Grattan beach in Lower Salthill and Ballyloughane beach on the city's east side near Renmore. The…
Crosshaven RNLI at roches Point in Cork Harbour
Shortly after launching on exercise this evening, Valentia Coast Guard tasked the volunteer RNLI crew at 7.15 pm to proceed to Ringabella Bay, where two people who had been cut off by the tide attempted to swim across the bay…
Sea swimmers at the Forty Foot on Dublin Bay
Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have initiated a study to determine if open water swimming has an impact on depression. The researchers are seeking people in Britain to take part in the randomised control trial, where some participants will…
Over 150 sea swimmers took to the water at Rinville, Oranmore for the Atlantic Lifeboat Swim
The Atlantic Life Boat Swim fundraiser raised over €5,000 last Saturday (July 23rd). Held at Rinville, Oranmore on Galway Bay, over 150 sea swimmers braved the bad weather for the annual event held in aid of Galway RNLI Lifeboat and…
Round Ireland swimmer and Water Safety Ambassador Henry O'Donnell Goes Blue for World Drowning Prevention Day
Sporting blue hair, painted blue eyelids and a blue wave painted on his chest, Water Safety Ireland ambassador Henry O’Donnell took to the Donegal coastline to issue a safety appeal on World Drowning Prevention day. The former Army Ranger, lifeguard,…
Galway RNLI lifeboat
Galway RNLI rescued six people who got into difficulty in the sea off Rabbit Island on Monday evening (18 July). The group who had walked over to the island at low tide became stranded by the incoming tide and were attempting…
Jessika Robson, centre, won the Seaside Revival Pickie to Pier Swim in Bangor, County Down, for the second year in a row with a time of 9 minutes 15 seconds over the 800m course. Her sister Holly (left) took second place with Sian Clements (right) finishing third.
From Skippingstone Beach on the west side of Bangor Bay on Belfast Lough to the RNLI slipway in the Harbour is 800 metres and last week 200 swimmers raced that distance in the swim called the 'Pickie to Pier' named…
Spectators at the finish of the Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West at Blackrock in 2012
Swimmers transiting Galway Bay and tight rope walking across the city’s Claddagh basin will make for busy activity on Galway’s waterways today (Sat July 16) during the hot weather spell. A total of 130 swimmers have registered to cross the…
The RNLI’s water safety team with swimmers at Baginbun
As the summer season begins, Fethard RNLI’s new volunteer water safety officer Rebecca Doyle commenced her role by organising a swim safely clinic. Local swim group Hooked on Swimming and the local triathlon club attended the clinic, which was provided…

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