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The scene at Skippingstone Beach
Skippingstone Beach is a popular swimming venue a short distance to the west of Bangor Harbour on Belfast Lough and sadly was the scene this morning (13th October) of a fatality. It is only a few hundred yards from the…
Sligo-based Galway-born GP Katie McAnena, a five-times national women's windsurfing champion, setting a new women's record at Mullaghmore, Co Sligo, last January
If there is an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good, it is the numbers taking to the sea and inland waterways during Covid-19. As The Sunday Times reports today, this season has been the busiest ever for outdoor pursuit…
Bathers and beachgoers at Sandycove on Dublin Bay
Sea swimming’s explosion in popularity during the Covid-19 pandemic has led scientists to call for more rapid, detailed and year-round testing of bathing water quality. As The Sunday Times reports today, a campaign on risks to swimmers’ health in Dublin…
The new Arabic language water safety posters from the RNLI and Irish Refugee Council
The charity that saves lives at sea is reaching out to Ireland’s immigrant communities as part of a new water safety campaign. Arabic is the first language being used by the RNLI in its warnings over the dangers associated with…
Carol Commons and Laura O’Hara completed their 13km distance in Kilcummin, Co Mayo
This year’s Galway Bay Swim took on a different format than usual, as participants were encouraged to ‘swim the bay their way’. As Galway Daily reports, social distancing issues prevented the annual gathering of open sea swimmers to cross Galway…
Family and friends cheering on swimmers at the 2019 RNLI Helvick swim
The 2020 RNLI Helvick Sponsored Swim in County Waterford which was scheduled for Sunday, September 13, has been cancelled due to the revised Covid-19 restrictions. It would have been the 26th year of the event which was a major fundraiser…
Land ahoy as Dominic Mudge swims the final stretch to the Giant’s Causeway last Sunday 9 August
Members of an open sea swimming team have become the first to complete a challenging route between Scotland and the Giant’s Causeway, as the Greenock Telegraph reports. The Oa Giants set out from Islay last Saturday 8 August and crossed…
Dr Liam Burke, NUIG Co-Investigator on the PIER project at Blackrock in Salthill, Galway City
Swimmers, surfers and paddlers are being asked to participate in research on the risk of superbugs which is being conducted by NUI Galway (NUIG). The NUIG scientists are examining how superbugs are picked up and how the spread of antibiotic-resistant…
Competitors in a previous Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim
The 90th edition of the annual Dun Laoghaire Harbour Swim is scheduled for the morning of Sunday 16 August. The National Yacht Club’s notice requests that all harbour users keep clear of the swimmers on the day — this includes…
This special duck is ironically called ‘Goose’ after Tom Cruise’s wingman in the 1986 blockbuster, Topgun
Recently the Brompton inflatable goose featured in a story about open sea swimmers near Bangor on Belfast Lough. Now round the corner from Brompton, the Helen’s Baywatch swimmers have a real ‘Goose’ to swim with! The reddish-brown female eider duck…
Irish Coast Guard at the scene of the rip current incident at Inch Beach on Sunday
A local surfing school instructor raced to the rescue of a teenage boy caught in a rip current off a Co Cork beach at the weekend, as CorkBeo reports. Luke Chambers of the Swell Surf School was with a surf…
Challenging tides mark the distance between the West Cork mainland and Fastnet Rock
West Cork man Steve Redmond has become the first person to swim non-stop from Baltimore Harbour to Fastnet Rock and back, as RTÉ News reports. The 54-year-old endurance swimmer had to content with jellyfish stings and strong currents in the…
Ballycotton RNLI all-weather Trent class lifeboat Austin Lidbury
Ballycotton RNLI in East Cork was launched at 7.30 pm this evening following a request from Valentia Coastguard to a report of two swimmers thought to be missing off Garryvoe beach approx. two miles west of Ballycotton by a concerned…
File image of Sligo Bay RNLI’s inshore lifeboat
Sligo Bay RNLI was involved in the rescue of a swimmer in difficulty at Rosses Point earlier this week. The volunteer lifeboat crew launched their inshore lifeboat at 8pm on Wednesday evening (15 July) to go to the aid of…
Alison O’Hagan training in Lough Neagh before her eventful swim last Saturday
An open water swimmer has hailed her crossing of Lough Neagh as a triumph — despite being whisked to hospital after breathing water into her lungs. As BelfastLive reports, Lurgan woman Alison O’Hagan was 13km into her 14km endurance swim…
The Brompton Goose pictured centre with sea swimmers on Belfast Lough
Northern Ireland’s coastline is dotted with cold water swimmers who go out no matter what the weather or temperature. The group who swim near Jenny Watts Cave just past Wilson’s Point at Bangor on Belfast Lough are known as the…

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