The Fermanagh Lakelands

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Niamh Gaffney with the sea stack at Crohy Head, Co Donegal, in the background. Photograph: John Rafferty

As solstices go, this midsummer one was particularly special for Niamh Gaffney. The 43-year-old Dublin mother of two braved an Atlantic swell and a ha(...)