Ireland (+ N-I )

A St Patrick’s Day marathon with teeth

A Kerry man will swap St Patrick’s Day pints for shark-infested waters when he attempts to become the first Irish person to complete a marathon swim off the west coast of Florida.

Channel and Ice Swimmer Nuala Moore

The Ice Swimmer: an Irish journey through the best of both worlds.

As part of a short series sponsored by Audi we meet Nuala Moore, an Irish ice sea swimmer from Dingle in County Kerry and hear what pushes her to extremes.

The ice men (and women) cometh!

The problem with hypothermia is that you don’t realise you’ve got it until it’s too late. As the blood is quickly drawn to the vital organs to keep them alive, you first lose coordination, then consciousness, then you die.

That’s if you’re not dead already. The biggest risk of subjecting the body to frigid temperatures – such as open fresh water of five degrees Celsius, or less – is a heart attack. Either way, not many people would survive longer than three quarters of an hour.

Only this Saturday morning, off the very cold shore of Lough Dan in the Wicklow Mountains, 16 people will subject themselves to those exact conditions, wearing nothing more than standard swimming togs, a cap, and goggles: they’ll swim for a mile, and provided the water stays at five degrees Celsius, or less, and they survive within 45 minutes, they’ll be rewarded with the title of International Ice Mile Swimmer.

Notts open water swimmer to tackle Irish lake as cold as waters where Titanic sank

A Nottinghamshire open water swimmer will tackle a swim across an Irish lake in water that is as cold as the waters where Titanic sank.

Adam Walker became the first Brit to swim the Ocean’s Seven, which consists of seven long-distance open-water swims across the world.

He is now preparing to take on a thirty minute swim across an Irish lake in nothing but his swimming trunks.

Oceans Seven hero Redmond set for Hall of Fame

Stephen Redmond will be inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame on 22 April next year at a ceremony in London.

The Cork man is known for his achievement of becoming the first person to complete the Oceans Seven – seven of the world’s toughest open water challenges.

Woman is first to swim north coast stretch in 90 years

A CHARITY worker has become the first swimmer in almost 90 years to cross a 13-mile stretch of sea between two coastal beauty spots off Ireland's north coast.

Mother-of-two Heather Clatworthy (34), emerged from the Atlantic as only the second person to traverse the waves between the idyllic Stroove beach on Co Donegal's Inishowen peninsula and the seaside resort of Portstewart in Co Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Sabrina Wiedmer: used to swimming against the tide

June 29th, 11.10am, Mull of Kintyre: Standing knee-deep in cold slippery seaweed, Sabrina Wiedmer taps the front of her goggles one last time, pulls her swimming cap tightly down over her ears, takes a deep breath, closes her eyes, then crawls gently forward into the deep water. 

She’s pointed towards Cushendun, on the Antrim Coast, 17km away. It’s actually the shortest stretch of water through the North Channel, the narrowest crossing from the eastern seaboard of Scotland to Northern Ireland. And it’s lethally dangerous.

Hundreds of swimmers to take to the Lee

THE annual Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim will take place this weekend when more than 500 swimmers will take to the city’s waterways.

The Lee Swim is a point-to-point swimming race through the centre of the city and is organised as a fun event, open to all competent swimmers.
It is set to be the biggest open-water swim in Ireland.
The swim is approximately 2km in length and follows a unique course around the city centre island.

Moving from the pool to the great outdoors

Some hardy folk will contend that outdoor swimming is a year-round sport. For the rest of us, this is the time of year to move out of the pool to the great outdoors.

If you can swim for a mile, you can can swim outdoors. But it’s all about safety first because outdoor swimming is very different from swimming in the pool. There are no lane ropes to keep you on course, no signs to say where the “deep end” is. The banks of rivers are not ideal for holding on to if you need a rest, unlike the side of the pool, and it is considerably cooler than your average swimming pool.