00146938Bathers on Xmas day at the Forty Foot Sandycove, Co Dublin last year

Some people who swim in the sea,
Might shortly be forced to agree,
That rulings on torts,
Handed down by the courts,
Mean the end of their long history.

John Moynes

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

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12 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Bingo

    I always thought that the 40 foot dip was kind of crap compared to a dip in the beach.
    Queuing in the bitter cold to jump into the cold sea?
    Much rather to just run into the sea, job done, go home and stuff face!

  2. Zynks

    Litigious culture once again causes drop in quality of services available to the public. I wish we could be more like Nordic countries where you are responsible for your own actions.

    1. ZeligIsJaded

      Could they not just put up a sign saying ‘This is the sea. These are rocks. You’re on your own’

      1. postmanat

        There’s a sign saying “Don’t Dive” already, Not that it stops me when the tide is in , but It’s my risk. What does this news today mean anyway,? you cant claim if you have an accident? fine. but you cant stop people from swimming , can you? Who enforces that ? The Jellyfish?

      1. Zynks

        The county council has become less risk averse in recent years, but I doubt they will keep it open if there is no insurance.

      2. Drogg

        I just go for a swim I never knew you needed to be a member or anything. It’s not like I’d sue someone if I fell or anything.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          Exactly. Since when did we start privatising the sea?

          Having said that, it’s stupid and irresponsible to dive into natural waters. Not surprised that the insurance has been pulled with that carry-on.

  3. Temple Bar Denizen

    The big claim was a while back: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/famous-forty-foot-gets-lifeguards-after-safety-report-deems-it-unsafe-26210224.html

    Loads of signs were put up warning against diving, and even relief maps of the outcrops under the water were posted. People still dive in head-first at low tide though, because natural selection at work, I suppose.

    Rumour has it that the insurance claim in question at the linked article was for someone catching their foot in a railing. Of course, you don’t need to be a member of this bathing association to swim there, but the chaps do paint the place and scrub the slippery algae off the steps to prevent you breaking your arse on the way to the water.

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