Swimmers from home and abroad took part in the 87th annual Liffey Swim.

With ages ranging from 13-76, over 300 participants swam a 2 km stretch of the River Liffey through Dublin city centre on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

For the first time since it began in 1920, the Liffey Swim was open to swimmers from abroad. The competition attracted swimmers from the United States of America, Britain, Russia, Romania and the Isle of Man.

A number of families participated in the swim, including 66 year old John Tickering who has been taking part since 1957, who swam on this occasion with his daughter Sharon and his granddaughter Hayley.

Lucy Gaynor practised for the swim by jumping off the Millennium Bridge.

I didn’t find it particularly dirty, it looks horrible, but I don’t know, I suppose you won’t notice anything when you are swimming.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 September 2007. The reporter is Paul Reynolds.