Dublin landmark rated in top 10 places in the world to swim
A Dublin landmark has been named as one of the top 10 places in the world to swim.
In a list published on the New York Times, the 40 Foot in Sandycove, Co Dublin was ranked number one for its bathing spot.
The list was taken from a book by author Loudon Wainwright III, called 'Liner Notes'.
The south Dublin landmark was described as being so cold that divers let out a "bloodcurdling scream upon submersion".
"The first section of Ulysses ends with Buck Mulligan taking a dip there, plunging into 'the scrotum-tightening sea'.
"Originally a men’s-only nude bathing spot, it is now frequented by swim-suited crazies of both sexes," the New York Times feature said.
"I’ve been going to the 40 Foot for about 30 years, and it’s always really cold. It’s not really a swim, as such, but rather an in-and-out experience, often punctuated by a bloodcurdling scream upon submersion."
The Dublin beach was the only Irish beach mentioned on the list, alongside beaches in London, Australia, Texas and San Francisco.