Saturday October 31, 2020

Getting in the swim

Ireland offers a gentle introduction to outdoor swimming for those willing to take the plunge, writes Jasper Winn.

24th August, 2013
Sea swimming can be an exhilarating experience. Photo: Getty

'With a sea or river swim I feel that I am connecting with nature," says artist Aoife Desmond. "There is constantly something to wonder at. Maybe a seal comes close or dolphins leap further off. The way the light plays on the water constantly changes."

Desmond is a year-round outdoor swimmer, an activity which has provided material for her Super 8 film project, Land=Sea=Air. The film looks at Dublin's eastern coastline "starting at the South...

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