The Liffey Swim 2016.
Photographer Donal Moloney, who writes:
Visitors to Dublin City’s quays on Saturday would be forgiven for thinking they had arrived in a some sort of weird and wacky Olympic village.
The Croker-bound crowds, in their GAA jerseys, flowed along the banks of the Liffey, as exhausted runners donning finisher medals oozed out of Phoenix Park’s Rock and Roll 5km road race.
Meanwhile, down at the convention centre, sci-fi and comic enthusiasts played out their favourite characters in costumes Sheldon Cooper would envy. But centre stage of the day had to go to the 97th Liffey Swim.
The 400-plus strong army of front-crawling participants made their epic 2.2km journey from the Rory O’Moore Bridge downstream to the Custom House.
Among them we met 79-year-old Sally Newell, an all-American gal who travelled over to swim the event with her 50-year-old daughter Amy, who lives in Dublin. “I took up swimming again when I was 54 and have been swimming 2km, three times per week ever since,” she said. “I tried running but I wasn’t so good at that.”
Sally is the oldest woman ever to participate in the event and her comfortable finish, alongside the rest of the women’s wave, was nothing short of inspirational.
As is the standard procedure for this event, swimmers exit the water and pass through the al fresco showers before they get to hug their loved ones and collect their medals.