Swimming through an Irish Summer…

Two ferries back and forth across the Irish Sea, 3 countries in as many days, and a whole lot of car miles. The bank holiday weekend is over and I’m on to stage two of my adventure.

I’ve just arrived at the foot of Croagh Patrick, County Mayo, en-route from Dublin, after earlier rowing 22 miles around Lake Windermere in the Lake District, UK. I was there as part of the crew for friend and swimming ace, Sabrina Wiedmer, who completed a 2way solo nighttime swim up and down Britain’s longest lake. Pretty inspiring stuff to see someone so talented deliver a result like that.

I’ve enjoyed 10hrs broken and snatched sleep in the last 3 days, so the sight of my wonderful bed at the newly opened Croagh Patrick Hostel is a thing of wonder. Even more so, to see the map of the lake I’d just left, stretched out across my duvet; to study the navigation lines that I’d drawn and to realise the size of the thing I’d just been a part of.  The specially customised OS map was a present from Long Distance Swimmer Sinead Merrigan and each pencil mark that I’ve added, tells a story of physical and mental endurance. Both mine and others.  I stand for a quiet moment, the first in many days, and sigh and relish a new achievement, deciding that the map will have to find its way into a frame on my office wall at home.

An amazing meal 3 mins down the road at the Tavern Bar and Restaurant in Murrisk, great company with climbing buddy Vera Baker who drove to Mayo with me, cramped into my 24-yr-old two-seater #LittleRed, and a wonderful warm welcome from our hostel hosts, Mary and Martin.  The mountain calls us for tomorrow, but for tonight – two very happy girls are heading off to our beds with the wind and rain howling outside. Isn’t an Irish summer just heaven? 😉  

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