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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Is This A Mistake by Pearse Reynolds

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Is this a mistake? The fear is real, it’s been so long. Maybe I’ve forgotten how? Do I bolt, send an excuse? Oh hell, too late, they’ll already have left, I’d say most are probably nearly here. They arrive, we exchange greetings, cross the tracks, smelling the fresh earth scent that only early morning can […]

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The Kilmore Kippers by Jacintha Cloney

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I was bricking it! The target was a tall metal structure in the middle of The Little Beach to the left of the busy little fishing harbour. The cries of encouragement were mixed with those of the circling seagulls, normally more enamoured by the discarded chips of tourists. I was out of my depth and […]

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3 Things for Open Water Swimmers To Do In The Pool

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Winter in Ireland means cold water getting colder and open water swims getting shorter – or disappearing altogether. But you can still get your swimming fix and improve your open water swimming in the pool! Swimming in the pool is essential to improving and maintaining your swimming fitness, and following a good training plan, getting…...




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The Miracle by Emma Callanan

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Everyone at the lake was staring at us. I guess it’s human nature, when you hear a blood curdling scream to stop and stare. My 8-year-old son was screaming like he was in an audition for Jaws, and my 7-year-old daughter was swimming out to the middle of the lake, laughing hysterically at the excitement […]

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What is sighting? How do you get good at it?

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One key difference between pool swimming and open water swimming is that you have no lane lines or markings on the floor to follow. The world is literally your oyster and you can go in any direction you please, for as long as you wish. The downside to this new-found freedom is you have to…...




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Open Water Event jitters? Manage them with these preparation tips

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There's swimming with your friends and people you know. Then there's Open Water Events and group activities. It's perfectly alright to be apprehensive, anxious and have doubts about your first, or any new Open Water Event!




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5 Tips to Help You Swim Straighter in Open Water

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Why can’t I swim in a straight line when swimming in open water? It’s a common question we get asked all the time, and the answer is a combination of factors that need to be worked on. Here’s what we see as the main ones to take a look at: 1. Sighting Sighting is when…...




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