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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…
Youghal RNLI’s inshore lifeboat launched to a swimmer in difficulty on Sunday 18 July
Youghal RNLI’s volunteer crew responded to their pagers just after 3pm today (Sunday 18 July) to a report of a swimmer in difficulty between The Mall and Greenhole beaches in Youghal Harbour. Arriving on scene within minutes on their inshore…
Pickie to Pier swim at Skipppingstone Beach
Last Saturday (10th July) saw the resurrection of the famous Pickie to Pier swim in Bangor Bay after its cancellation last year due to Covid. Pickie is the previous site of the original sea water swimming pool on the west…
The inshore lifeboat crew took the four people from the rocks and transferred them to the all-weather lifeboat which was standing by offshore
Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats were launched shortly before 5:30 pm this evening following reports of two swimmers in difficulties on an inflatable toy off the Silver Strand beach south of Wicklow Head. The Inshore lifeboat arrived on scene at 5:38…
Nuala Moore swimming at Italy Glacier in water temperatures of  2/3 degrees
“Like a real live James Bond movie.. another absolutely insane adventure” is how the ocean and cold water swimmer Nuala Moore describes it. She’s talking about the relay which she and Donegal swimmer Anne Marie Ward participated in to swim…
Sea swimmer Nuala Moore from Dingle in County Kerry
“I never thought Cork would ever finish,” says Nuala Moore of that wonderful part of this coastline which she navigated in 2006. Moore was then one of six swimmers who undertook a round Ireland relay swim of 1,330 km in…
Rescue 116 and Dun Laoghaire RNLI off Dalkey
A swimmer rescued off Dalkey yesterday afternoon (Thursday 3 June) has died in hospital, as TheJournal.ie reports. It’s understood the deceased, a man in his 20s, had been swimming at the Vico Baths below Hawk Cliff when he got into…
The E. coli called Shiga-toxigenic E.coli (STEC) can lead to potentially life-threatening infection in about 10% of cases, the researchers state
New research on potentially harmful bacteria in Ireland’s seas, lakes and rivers highlights the need to revise current EU bathing water quality monitoring criteria, NUI Galway (NUIG) researchers have said. Analyses of 111 samples taken from 50 locations in Galway…
Portmarnock Beach in Fingal
Scientists at NUI Galway warn that a deadly bacteria found in many highly rated sea swimming spots in Ireland is not currently tested for as EU regulations do not require it. According to The Irish Independent, reseaechers with NUI Galway’s…
The Chilli Dippers present Larne RNLI with a cheque for over £1,000
A group of open water swimmers who were rescued after getting caught in a rip current have raised over £1,000 for Larne RNLI. The swimmers were safely recovered to the shore before action was required by the station’s lifeboats in…
Guy O’Leary, who underwent a year of cancer treatment is challenging himself again to swim a mile each day during the month of May
Dun Laoghaire Harbour sailor Guy O'Leary is repeating last year's swim for charity endeavour this morning when he swims a mile each day during the month of May to raise funds for Cancer charities. Like last year, he will be…
Peter Conroy of the Irish Tow Surf Rescue Club opposes a proposed ban on jet skis at Count Clare beaches
“Aquabikes” caught the attention of former Irish Times journalist Kevin Myers back in 1982. The Irishman’s Diary writer was seriously concerned about the pressure windsurfers were putting on the RNLI Dun Laoghaire lifeboat at the time. He had read about…
Tramore's RNLI D Class lifeboat
Tramore Lifeboat RNLI was tasked yesterday afternoon to the aid of a child who was swept out to sea.  It is the fifth call out this year for the Tramore crew, three of which have involved sea swimmers. The lifeboat…
Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite data showing Ringsend waste Water Treatment Plant on the 10th October 2020, one of the days Irish water reported over 75,000 m3 of storm runoff at Ringsend
The environmental action group, SOS Dublin Bay, has today launched a detailed policy document entitled - “The water quality crisis in Dublin Bay - what is happening and actions needed to protect the public”. Download the full documents and survey…
Galway RNLI lifeboat
Galway RNLI lifeboat rescued a swimmer who got into difficulty off Blackrock beach in Salthill this afternoon during very challenging weather conditions. The alarm was raised at 12.25 pm by a pedestrian who saw the woman struggling in the water…
Stormy conditions are expected to last mot of this week at the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay
The Irish Coast Guard rescued two swimmers after they ran into difficulty while swimming at the Forty Foot bathing place on Dublin Bay yesterday. The incident occurred earlier today as the swimmers required help in the choppy sea. The Dun…

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