Mention the words "The Forty Foot" around Dublin, and almost anyone will know exactly what you are referring to immediately. This bathing area in South Dublin has become a sort of institute among bathers in the capital.

Immortalised in James Joyce's Ulysses, the Forty Foot was once a male only bathing area. However in the 70s, a group of female equal-rights activists plunged into the waters in protest, and nowadays it is a place where all genders can swim.

This documentary is an insight into a unique part of Dublin life and what it takes to keep the Forty Foot a place that all people can enjoy.

First broadcast 2nd Jan 1982

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