Blue Hour - Early Morning Swim at Dublin's Forty Foot

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Dublin's Forty Foot is one of the most famous swimming spots in Ireland, and possibly the world.

With recent visitors including Matt Damon, Loudon Wainwright III and of course me, the Forty or 40-Foot also featured in James Joyce's Ulysses.

I have of course written here on Panoramic Ireland about the 40-foot, where I mentioned that the water is definitely not 40 feet deep. The name of this small coastal area in Sandycove comes from the 40th Regiment of Foot, a regiment of the British Army that were stationed here.

In this image, swimmers swim in the Irish Sea, Dublin Bay with its cold temperatures of approximately 13C and wait to descend the steps into the Irish Sea during 'Blue Hour' in September, the moments just before sunrise.

Dozens of swimmers braved the windy but warm morning before 07:00.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 26 October 2022 00:27
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

Cancer survivor.

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