August’s Swimable Limerick is a Huge Success – Swimmers of all abilities took part in the weekly swims and for some, it was their first time taking a dip in the Shannon. Participants from all around the country travelled to Limerick to take part in an incredibly scenic and social swim.
August’s Swimable Limerick is a Huge Success
By I Love Limerick Correspondent Jordan Mac Cormaic
Swimmers from all around Limerick made a huge splash last month as three weeks of city social
swims took place as part of Swimable Limerick in the River Shannon.
More than 100 people donned their wetsuits, swimming togs and speedos throughout the month in
what the organizers have called “a massive success”.
The swims started from the Curraghghour Boat Club, passing in the shadow of King John’s Castle all
the way down to Thomond Bridge. The swimmers then make their way back to the boat club where
food and beverages awaited them.
Swimmers of all abilities took part in the weekly swims and for some, it was their first time taking a
dip in the Shannon. Participants from all around the country travelled to Limerick to take part in an
incredibly scenic and social swim.
Elisa O’Donovan of Limerick Social Swims said of the event: “For many, it was their first time
swimming in the river. So many were hesitant about swimming because they had thought the river
to be dirty, dangerous or unsafe, but the water is very clean and when there are 30 people
swimming together it is very safe.”
She continued: “I think what surprised me most was the amount of families that participated. We
had so many parents in swimming with their children or young people with grandparents.”
Speaking of her own experience swimming in the open water she said: “I went for my first swim in
the city this year and really loved it. Swimming under Sarsfield Bridge and beside King Johns Castle in
the open water is an amazing feeling and I felt that this is something that anyone and everyone
could experience as well.”
“I was very fortunate to come across the wonderful people involved in the Curraghgour Boat Club
whom kindly let us use their facilities for the swims.”
Finally, she said of the future of the event: “As a result of Swimable Limerick, city dwellers may see
more and more swimmers in the city waters in the coming months. We will aim to establish a
designated swimming route in the city with Waterways Ireland for next Summer.”
“I would love to see swimming incorporated into Riverfest in some way and the hope is to launch
Swimable Limerick 2018 summer swims the May Bank Holiday weekend. I think we could easily have
a designated swimming area or public baths in the city for everyone to use. That is ultimately what
we would be campaigning for.”
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