Let’s all be honest with each other here – this is the tree of trust, the honesty nest, if you will – how many times do you brave the Irish weather to swim outdoors?
Once, twice a year maybe? Well, we should all be hanging our heads in shame, because according to the New York Times one of the world’s best swimming spots is right on our doorstep, and we definitely don’t utilise it as much as we should.
The beloved Forty Foot in Sandycove was awarded a place in NYT’s article, The 10 Best Places to Swim in the World, According to Me, by famed folk singer Loudon Wainwright III, and his description of why he loves it so much has us reaching for our togs.
“In Sandycove, just south of central Dublin. The first section of “Ulysses” ends with Buck Mulligan taking a dip there, plunging into “the scrotum-tightening sea.” Originally a men’s-only nude bathing spot, it is now frequented by swim-suited crazies of both sexes.
“I’ve been going to the 40 Foot for about 30 years, and it’s always really cold. It’s not really a swim, as such, but rather an in-and-out experience, often punctuated by a bloodcurdling scream upon submersion.”
Next sunny day (heck, the next rainy day too), we know where we’ll be heading for a plunge.