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Sunday 17 December 2017

It's parents against kids as 95th Liffey swim is set to make a splash

IT'S father against son and mother against daughter in an exciting swimming race in the River Liffey this weekend.

Dublin City Council has announced details for the 95th swimming event to take place through the capital's river.

And as part of the event, nine parents have agreed to compete against nine of their children.

To give the parents a chance, a handicap system has been introduced, based on each swimmer's proficiency.

Announcing the event, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke, said that the swim was one Dublin's oldest traditions.

"Each year it goes from strength to strength. This year, over 350 people will take part, including nine sets of parents who will compete against their children," he said.

He added that solo North Channel swimmer Sabrina Wiedmer from Switzerland and Lake Zurich Marathon swimmer and member of Dublin Fire Brigade, Rachel Lee, would also take be taking part.

This year's race will return to its traditional course beginning at the Rory O'Moore Bridge near the Guinness Brewery.

It will then take competitors past famous Dublin landmarks such as the Four Courts and the Ha'penny Bridge and will finish at Custom House Quay.

Competitors of all ages, abilities and nationalities have signed up to take part, with teenagers pitting their strengths against 70-year-olds and club swimmers from all over the country competing against each other.

The men's race has been scheduled to start at 1.15pm while the women's race will begin an hour later. The winners of each category will be presented with the prestigious Liffey Cup on North Wall Quay at 4pm.

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