Over 200 swimmers brave the Liffey waters for the annual swim.

It was a dirty day in Dublin this morning for Dublin's dirtiest swim.

The 2001 Liffey Swim sponsored by Toyota has the added obstacles of an oil slick and construction work. Despite the fact that in the past competitors have contracted hepatitis and Weil's disease, the swimmers will tell you that the water is clean, the temperature is lovely, and they'll all return next year to do it all over again.

Dubliner Paul Byrne wins the men's race by a fingernail, while the women's race is won by Valerie Spollen.

A joyful Paul Byrne comments on his win

25 years trying to this, it's brilliant.

An RTÉ News broadcast on 1 September 2001. The reporter is Paul Reynolds.