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The rise of open-water swimming: 'You can find yourself in rough water but you make progress'

At a certain time every morning, a figure will alight from her car in Dublin's Sandycove, towel underarm, and bravely disrobe before plunging in for a swim.

It's a ritual that Róisín O'Doherty, now in her 70s, has been performing for many years. From Ballybrack village in Dublin, she says swimming wasn't always part of her life, but as a mother to four children who were learning to swim, she thought she'd better learn to become a better swimmer if she was to keep up with them in the water.

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