Swimmers ease their way into the icy waters at Forty Foot in Sandycove during the annual Christmas swim.  Its insurer is withdrawing its public liability cover. Photograph: Kate Geraghty/The Irish Times

The bathers’ association based at the well-known Forty Foot swimming spot in Dublin is to consider its future after its insurer withdrew its public(...)

 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 (...)

The area had been an exclusively male bathing place up to the 1970s.

Councillors in Dún Laoghaire have agreed to ask the Minister for Finance to review a 1937 licence given to a bathing association that explicitly rules(...)