Victorian Bathing House, Arglass, Co Down – our very first post.

Celebrating 10 years of our Wildswim website and 5 years since the first publication of Wild Swimming in Ireland!

We are pleased to announce that the long-awaited third edition will be back on the bookstore shelves or order here on our site in the next few weeks!…we’ll keep you posted!

Thanks to Collins Press, Gill Books and all the new and returning outdoor swimmers who have been clamouring to get their hands on a copy which has reached ‘cult’ status as readers journey around Ireland ticking off the swim sites! We hope you enjoy the book and your adventures to be had!

Swimming in Lough Hyne, County Cork.

Such a lot has happened since I first put pen to paper and Paul turned his camera to open water swimming. Inspired by Roger Deakon’s Waterlog and Kate Rew’s Wild Swim, we started to gather our stories of swimming and travelling around Ireland. First the WordPress website in 2011, then the book in 2016 and now our re-vamped website with the Swim Spotter Map feature, (a completely Free resource for all who love to swim or read about swimming in Ireland).

A re-enactment of Jack B Yeats iconic painting of the Liffey Swim took place at Custom House Quay as part of the launch of the 100th Anniversary Liffey Swim taking place on the 3rd August 2019, organised by Leinster Open Sea Swimming.

All the while we have each kept up our own swimming journeys: between us medalling in Irish Championships, the World Police and Fire Games and competitions as far afield as Alaska. Channel swims, swimming with basking sharks and dolphins, ice miles, initiating the Couch to 5k Swim program, training new outdoor coaches and meeting lots of like-minded swimmers!

We’d like to share some of the moments we’ve witnessed in the past years; chatting with Seven Oceans swimmers, North Channel record breakers, the King of Tory and a Connemara skinny dipper – just some of the hundreds of swimmers we’ve met along the way!

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