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Introducing the 2021 Deeswimber Challenge

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There’s a reason that almost 200 people across the world took part in a little-known Irish December swimming challenge last year. Deeswimber is run by Swim Ireland Open Water Ambassador Dee Newell to support the Irish Cancer Society. It asks you to commit to 20 dips in the month to help Dee raise awareness and […]

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What to expect on your first Winter Swim

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You’ve seen the hoards bobbing along on your coastal walks and now you want to dip your toe to see what all the fuss is about? Here’s what to expect on your first winter swim in Ireland. Getting in hurts! No matter how slowly you acclimatise, getting in hurts. It’s stingy and cutting. But this […]

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Portsalon Plungers by Mary O’Doherty

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I’m as excited as a child on Christmas Eve, though I’m an adult and it’s June; Lockdown is ending and the only way to celebrate is a Sunrise Hike and a Swim. Little did we know that we were on the cusp of something wonderful that would get us through a tougher second Lockdown. As […]

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