A woman  is  undeterred by a large spectators’ gallery as she leaves the water after a protest swim at the Forty Foot, the traditional men’s bathing place, in Sandycove, Co Dublin. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

Forty years ago tomorrow, on July 20th 1974, a group of determined women invaded the Forty Foot bathing place at Sandycove, Co Dublin, by “land, sea (...)

Dancers from “Can’t Stop the Music” at the Forty Foot in June 1990. The dancers were taking part in a photocall to publicise the return of the show to the Gaiety Theatre. Photograph: Paddy Whelan / The Irish Times.

One of the last bastions of male exclusivity in Ireland has been breached following a decision by the Sandycove Bathers’ Association to accept (...)