Sunday 4 December 2016

Fancy a dip? Dublin City Liffey swim returns this weekend

Published 02/08/2016 | 15:15

Eager swimmers Colm Kinsella sisters Aine and Yvonne McCarthy ,Hugo Camancho-Romero,Niall Rafferty,Kai Griffin-English jump into the Liffey from David Kelly’s Curragh
Eager swimmers Colm Kinsella sisters Aine and Yvonne McCarthy ,Hugo Camancho-Romero,Niall Rafferty,Kai Griffin-English jump into the Liffey from David Kelly’s Curragh
Eager swimmers Colm Kinsella sisters Aine and Yvonne Mc Carthy ,Hugo Camancho-Romero,Niall Rafferty ,Kai Griffin -English jump in
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr gives a helping hand to Kai Griffin-English and Aine McCarthy at the Launch of the Annual Liffey Swim
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr gives a helping hand to Kai Griffin-English and Aine Mc Carthy at the Launch of the Annual Liffey Swim

The annual Dublin City Liffey Swim returns with a splash this weekend.

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The historical event, dating as far back as the 1920s, kicks off on Saturday, August 6.

Over 400 men and women are expected to take the plunge, and earlier today a handful of eager energetic swimmers took a dip in the Liffey ahead of the main event.

Also going for a swim was unfortunate David Kelly, who was helping the dozen or so contestants get into position for a photo call celebrating the launch of the 97th swim when his currach capsized.

Organised by Open Sea Committee, the event is unique in that Dublin is the only capital in Europe to have a race swim through the heart of its city.

Begin at Rory O’Moore Bridge, beside the Guinness Brewery, contestants race 2,000 metres downstream underneath some of Dublin's most famous landmarks like James Joyce Bridge and O'Connell Bridge before finishing at the Custom House.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr gives a helping hand to Kai Griffin-English and Aine McCarthy at the Launch of the Annual Liffey Swim
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr gives a helping hand to Kai Griffin-English and Aine McCarthy at the Launch of the Annual Liffey Swim

Entrants to the Liffey Swim must complete four races of the season to qualify and regardless of age or ability each entrant must be a member of a swimming club.

For many swimmers, the event is regarded as the highlight in a season of 26 open water races held across Ireland during the summer.

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