A November Swim in the Irish Sea

Seapoint Bathing Place, County Dublin

We were putting out our bins, the neighbour and myself, and I asked her if she’s enjoying her daily swims in Dublin Bay. “Emma, it’s lovely these days”, she says. “the water’s 12 degrees!”. “Awww,” I reply, “I really will get in one of these days”. “So you keep saying” she says, and heads back inside.

It’s mid-November in Ireland–a strange time to think about starting to swim in the sea again. But it’s all…