The Irish Examiner reports: More than 500 swimmers braved the waters of the River Lee in Cork on Saturday as part of the annual 2km Lee Swim.
Cork Masters Swimming Club and Cork Lions Club run the swim annually as a charity event. The Lee Swim was a major event in the sporting calendar during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
However, due to deteriorating water quality in the River Lee, the event was moved to Monkstown in the 1950s.
Following the commissioning of the Cork Main Drainage scheme in 2003, there was a marked and sustained improvement in water quality. Consequently, as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations, the historic Lee Swim was re-launched two years later. Prior to the 2005 re-launch, the last Lee Swim was in 1987. More…