Those who don’t mind a bit of self-inflicted torture this summer will be looking forward to the Liffey Swim on 24 August – the rest of us will watch shivering from the banks of the river in sympathy with you.
Since the 1920s this famous one and a half mile long (2.2 km) swim has been an annual event in Dublin’s calendar and 2013 is no exception with more than 250 men and 100 women already signed up to take part having qualified for the event over four previous races earlier this year.
The 2013 course is to begin at the Watling Street Bridge near the Guinness brewery and the end will be at Custom House Quay. Along the way swimmers will pass such landmarks as the Four Courts, Ha’penny Bridge and O’Connell Bridge.
It’s certainly a good craic and well worth a watch (just make sure you don’t get splashed in the process for that water can be cold!). You can find out more about this spectacular event at the website www.leinsteropensea.ie.
Meanwhile another sporting fixture comes to our fine city this month. It’s none other than the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) Hurling All Ireland Semi-Final Championships at the Croke Park Stadium in Dublin on August 11.
The series began in June with a round of qualifiers held in Leinster and Munster and the final is set to take place on the second Sunday in September. You can find out more about this particular event at the GAA website where tickets can also be purchased online.
Visitors will no doubt be impressed to learn that the top inter-county hurling teams in Ireland have been competing in this tournament every year since 1887 (except in 1888 when competitors were on a tour of the USA). The winners go home with the celebrated Liam McCarthy Cup.
Today around 13 teams compete for the Championship, the big three being Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. In fact Kilkenny have been victors of the competition a record 34 times.
And finally, still on the subject of fitness and amazing endurance, another must-see in Dublin this September is the Shackleton Expedition at the Ferry Terminal in Dun Laoghaire.
With more than 150 photographs and boards the most famous rescue in maritime history is brought spectacularly to life.
Shackleton and his team of 27 scientists and seamen made history when they set sail from Plymouth to cross the Atlantic in 1914 shortly after the outbreak of WW1. They weren’t heard of again for almost two years after their ship became compressed and slowly crushed in drifting ice. Amazingly all survived and Shackleton ended up with a knighthood. It’s an amazing tale and the exhibition is well worth a visit we reckon.
If you can’t make it to the exhibition this September, don’t worry – it’s running right through until August 2014. If you do plan to come this September or October though do take a look at our website www.sandymounthotel.ie if you’d like to make a room reservation. There’s a lot happening in Dublin this late summer/early autumn so it’s as well to book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Image via Swimming World Magazine