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The River Corrib Longest Day Swim route. The swim returns to Co Galway on July 2, 2022
The “Longest Day Swim” on Galway’s river Corrib takes place this Saturday after a two–year break due to Covid-19. North American Olympic gold medallist Joseph “Gunnar” Bentz has been invited to lead the event on July 2nd. Bentz won two…
Launching the RNLI inshore lifeboat at Red Bay in Cushendall, County Antrim
Volunteers at Red Bay RNLI saved a swimmer on Monday evening (13 June) after she got into difficulty 200m from the shore at Cushendall in County Antrim. The inshore lifeboat helmed by Emmet Connon and with three crew members onboard,…
A video grab from Wicklow RNLI lifeboat of the Coastguard's Rescue 116 helicopter winching a stranded swimmer to safety at Silver Strand
Both Wicklow RNLI lifeboats were launched after 09:45 am this morning (Saturday 4 June), following reports of a missing swimmer at Silver Stand beach. The alarm was raised after the wife of the swimmer became concerned for his safety and…
The Swimming A Long Way Together project planned by Daws involves events across the island, with “live, immersive, multi-disciplinary events” and exhibitions in Dublin, Cork, Donaghadee and Galway
Pioneering sea swimmer Mercedes Gleitze was the first British woman to cross the English Channel and first to navigate the Straits of Gibraltar. On August 3rd, 1931, Gleitze swam from the Aran island of Inis Meáin to Awleen bay in…
The Youghal Swim Fest in County Cork takes place on July 10
The Fingal Swim Fest on north Dublin’s Donabate/Portrane peninsula and Mayo’s River Moy Swim are among events taking place in June for Swim Ireland’s new open water programme. The Enniscrone Pier swim in Sligo on July 3rd, Youghal Swim Fest…
Guy O’Leary is swimming a mile each day during the month of May
Dublin Bay sailor Guy O’Leary is back in the water and challenging himself again to swim a mile each day during the month of May in aid of cancer research. Each day of the MileADayInMay! swimming challenge will see Guy…
Sea Swimming at a Cork County Council designated beach
“People who swim at beaches, lakes and rivers,” are being asked to tell the Council if they think “existing designated bathing waters” should be maintained or new ones identified.” Local authorities must identify official bathing areas in their area every…
Henry O'Donnell who has become first man to finswim solo around Ireland
Donegal-born former Army Ranger, lifeguard, diver and swim instructor Henry O’Donnell has become the first man to finswim around Ireland. The solo swimmer completed 1,569 kilometres, equivalent to 847 nautical miles, when he landed at Carrickfin beach in the Donegal…
Henry O’Donnell is set to bring his 1500km Round Ireland swim to a close this Saturday in Donegal, Florida
Renowned swimmer Henry O’Donnell is set to bring his 1500km, round Ireland Finswim to a close. In doing so he will become the first person to circumnavigate the island of Ireland by swimming with the use of fins. The expedition…
Lough Hyne, near Skibbereen in West Cork
RTÉ News reports that a man in his 50s has died after getting into difficulty while swimming near Skibbereen yesterday (Sunday 1 May). It’s believed the man may have suffered a heart attack while the water in Lough Hyne around…
Swimming at the Forty Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin
Sea swimmers around Ireland are encouraged to give their input via an online survey to inform bathing water policy, as Independent.ie reports. The national Bathing Water Expert Group wants to find out more information about where, when and why people…
File image of the North Beach at Greystones, Co Wicklow
RTÉ News reports that a woman has died after a number of swimmers got into difficulty off Greystones in Co Wicklow earlier today (Saturday 23 April). The deceased was one of three women in their 50s who were recovered from…
Peter Scott, Water Safety Officer (left) and Caolan on behalf of Blue Green Yonder who along with Trevor Forster organised the event.
The RNLI in Carrybridge and Enniskillen on Lough Erne received a donation of £1500 from Wild Blue Green Yonder following a charity swim around Castle Island in Enniskillen. The swim was held in September as part of the Festival Lough Erne…
Newcastle RNLI volunteers and staff involved in the rescue
Volunteers at Newcastle RNLI rescued a swimmer who got into difficulty in rough seas close to the Co Down harbour this morning (Wednesday 2 March). Two volunteers and three visiting staff members were working at the lifeboat station when shortly…
Donegal-born former Army Ranger, lifeguard, diver and swim instructor Henry O'Donnell broke his neck during the bicycle section of a triathlon 30 years ago, but hasn't looked back since his recovery. Anrí Ó Dómhnaill, a father and grandfather, has trekked…
Paddy Conaghan
A Donegal octogenarian has completed his marathon effort to swim at as many spots around the Irish coast as possible — raising more than €100,000 for charity in the process. As the Sunday World reports, Paddy Conaghan skipped Christmas and…

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