Tuesday June 2, 2020

The ice woman cometh: life as an extreme swimmer

Pushing her body to the limit every time she gets into the water, Dingle-based Nuala Moore is always on the lookout for the next physically draining challenge

29th March, 2020
Nuala Moore: “I always think the cost of the swim is the amount of life you have to exchange for it.“ Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

Nuala Moore smiles as she lifts her fingers away from me. In their place, impressed on my skin, is a cold that deepens and lingers.

“I can’t get any heat into them,” she says, slowly spreading her fingers which are blighted by little blisters ready to ooze.

Moore’s hands are just the first indication of her exceptionalism. They call her the Ice Queen, an extreme swimmer whose exposure to freezing waters...

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