So there I was, driving in to O’Connell Bridge to jump into the cold, greeny Liffey for Cystic Fibrosis.. I was dreading every second as the taxi brought me closer to having to jump off that big, high, stone bridge. I’d grabbed a cab into the city, rather than take the car, because I had every intention of Continue reading
The beautiful mineral blue waters of Lake Cummeenoughter have fascinated me for many years, ever since I spotted the corrie lake on one of my first hikes up Carrauntoohil with mountain ‘mentor’, Irish adventurer Pat Falvey. Depending on light and conditions I have seen the lake sparkling emerald green, deep cobalt blue, and ominously Continue reading
At 707 metres above sea level, Lake Cummeenoughter on Carrauntoohil is the highest – and probably the coldest – lake in Ireland. But in a few hours, a bunch of us will climb the mountain and take a ‘wild swim’ in the icy, mineral blue waters of the lake – wearing just Continue reading
I never ‘got’ the marriage thing to be honest. As a kid, I was never drawing bridesmaids dresses in my copy books at school, it was usually horses or flowers, and sometimes castles. As a teenager I never yearned to sign a contract binding myself to another person and it may sound selfish, but I never felt the need to share my bank account. I did get engaged once, briefly, but Continue reading
I love mountains and I love to swim, but I rarely get to combine the two – until now.
I don’t consider myself a great swimmer, but when I start thinking about my watery moments, I’m suprised to see how much a part of me they are.
I’m not a great swimmer but I swim a great deal.
The Eastern Bay Swimming Club take to the sea at High Rock Malahide every Sunday at noon, and I join them when I can. This year I’ve been feeling Continue reading