Wild Swimming in Courier Country: the secret to staying happy and healthy?

It was once prescribed by doctors as a cure for all manner of ailments and now it seems that wild swimming for health and enjoyment is on the rise again. Nora McElhone takes the plunge.

My childhood summers were spent by the sea in the West of Ireland and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean was a natural part of that holiday experience. Only professional divers and a few surfers wore wetsuits then and each year we would egg each other on to be the first to fling themselves into the surf. Anyone left behind on the beach would be subject to a fair amount of slagging until they redeemed themselves next time round. 

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