Mark Hanley – Who Crawled Through A River Of Poo And Came Out Clean On The Other Side


Those of us who knew him best talk about him often

This morning/afternoon.

Dublin city centre.

Scenes from the Jones Engineering 100th anniversary of the Dublin City Liffey Swim where 15-year-old Meath tyke Mark Hanley (above) took first prize.

The swim went ahead despite concerns about the quality of the water.

Nearly as bad as bottled water, experts had warned.

To no avail.

Sam Boal/RollingNews

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13 thoughts on “Mark Hanley – Who Crawled Through A River Of Poo And Came Out Clean On The Other Side

  1. eoin

    Why don’t we turn this into a monthly Liffey Swim.

    Wasn’t the original Liffey Swim to demonstrate the waters of Dublin weren’t polluted.

    As we’ve seen this week, the Liffey is heavily polluted by Irish Water (who didn’t realise they were pumping pee and poo into it for several days?).

    Maybe Irish Water could sponsor the monthly swim to demonstrate what a swell job they’re doing with keeping the pee and poo out of public waterways? What about it lads? The first Saturday of every month?

  2. Brother Barnabas

    apparently the winner went strutting off with a big brown cigar in his mouth

    (*from twitter- before Johnny Green gets his knickers in a twist)

  3. A Google Engineer on LinkedIn Writes . . .

    Fair play whether they really swam or simply went through the motions.

  4. Dhaughton99

    Was it a men’s race then a ladies race? All other media were showing a woman holding a cup.

    1. Bonkers

      Both mens and womens races. Not sure how a 15yr old won the mens, have we a future Olympic medalist or did top Irish swimmers just refuse to swim in sh1t?

      1. Praetorian.

        The people who swam done so through qualification by wininng or placing in various other open water swiming events and races.
        You cant just rock up and decide you’re going for dip on the day.

  5. Gabby

    Anna Livia Plurabelle still radiates her eternal charms. The city still lives. Were there any quayside artists present to immortalise the swim?

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