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Killiney & The 40 Foot

Forty Foot Jump

Forty Foot Jump

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Is this Ireland's most famous swimming spot? Dubliners probably think it is.

Immortalised in James Joyce's Ulysses (although we can't recall ever seeing snot green sea there) and loved by generations of the city's swimmers, the Forty Foot is a Dublin institution.

For most of its time the Forty Foot was a men only spot, where the male of the species could strip off in peace without being bothered. Eventually that changed (was it 15-20 years ago?) and now men and women, young and old, swim there, although there is a secluded part around the side where men still congregate and women rarely venture. The entrance still has the men only sign, but this is just a left over from a thankfully forgotten era.