Literary Programme 2017

The Festival Swim

The Festival Swim
(The Abbey Strand)

Ruth Fitzmaurice


Tue 18 July 2017



*Due to the increase in Jellyfish in the Bay, the official Festival Swim has been cancelled. A brave bunch of swimmers are still going to go for a dip at their own risk, though the Festival can not take responisibility for any hugs or stings from the Jellyfish.* 

Join Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of I Found My Tribe and intrepid sea swimmer, for a dip in Bantry Bay. Ruth regularly swims in Ladies Cove, Greystones for fun but also uses sea swimming as an important outlet in the midst of an intense and demanding life. Bring your swimsuit, your towel and your sense of adventure.

Ruth Fitzmaurice was born in 1976 and grew up in Louth. She was a radio researcher and producer when she married film director and writer, Simon, in 2004 and had three children. In 2008, Simon was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and given three years to live. Simon went into respiratory failure in 2010 and was accidentally placed on a ventilator during an emergency procedure. He decided, against medical advice, to keep the ventilator; Ruth and Simon went on to have twins in 2012. In January 2016, Ruth wrote her first piece for the Irish Times about family life and a new passion, sea swimming. She lives in Greystones, Co Wicklow, with Simon, their five children Jack, Raife, Arden, Sadie, Hunter, a dog, a cat and a team of nurses and carers.  

We will be meeting at Abbey Strand at 11.15 or join us for Ruth’s Coffee & Chat event at 10am and we will walk from Bantry House to Abbey Strand.

This event is supported by the Bantry Bay Port Company Limited

Ruth’s photo is by Marc Atkins