Monday 22 January 2018

Dublin landmark rated in top 10 places in the world to swim

Swimmers at the cove in Sandycove earlier this summer, which also has the popular '40 foot' deep swimming area
Swimmers at the cove in Sandycove earlier this summer, which also has the popular '40 foot' deep swimming area
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

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.

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