"The Liffey Swim" Dublin Things to Do Tip by Lochlainn

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The Liffey Swim
An annual event since 1924 held in late August / early September on a Saturday when hundreds of Dubliners, after experiencing a typical Dublin Summer, decide they can't get any wetter and embark on a marathon swim down the Liffey river, thereby demonstrating that either a) the Liffey isn't half as polluted as some people claim or b) that a lifetime of drinking stout works wonders for the immune system! Either way it's great craic (to watch!). Those less inclined to the aquatic pursuits may enjoy the pleasure of viewing Jack B Yeats' famous depiction of the first such event held, hanging in Dublin's National Art Gallery.

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  • Updated Jun 19, 2003
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