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About the Swim


The Lee Swim is a point-to-point swimming race through the centre of Cork City, Ireland. It dates back to 1914, or possibly earlier. The Swim was relaunched in 2005 as the Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim and has been held annually since. It is organised as a fun event, open to all competent swimmers. There is also a competitive element, with age group prizes and five historic trophies up for grabs. There are separate categories for wetsuited and non-wetsuited swimmers. At present, numbers are split 60/30between these two categories. In 2017, an entry of approx 400 swimmers is expected, making the event one of the biggest open-water swims in Ireland.

The Swim is approximately 2km in length and follows a unique course that exploits the fact that the centre of Cork City is an island. The course comprises a downstream section of 1.7km in the North Channel of the Lee and a short upstream section of approx 300m in the South Channel. Swimmers pass under nine bridges over the course of the Swim.

There is a carnival atmosphere to the Swim, with celebrations continuing late into the evening. A video made in 2013 gives a sense of the atmosphere on the day.

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Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim

Join Us- Saturday July 1st- 3.30pm! One of the Top 100 Open Water Swimming Events IN THE WORLD!!! The Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim is a 2k point-to-point swimming race through the centre of Cork City, Ireland dating back to 1914.

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Vibes & Scribes Lee Swim
We are honored to be nominated as Ireland's Best Open Water Swim Event for 2022 by the Irish Long Distance Swimming Association We share this recognition with equally wonderful Open Water Events from Ireland. The awards are the highlight of the year where the ILDSA reward, recognise and celebrate the passionate and vibrant long distance swimming community and their achievements.If you would like to show your support and think this wonderful #cork event can win, you can vote here! Vibes & Scribes Cork City Council Cork's 96FM Cork Lions Club ... See MoreSee Less
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Evening to any swimmers doing the Garnish Island swim tomorrow and would like to collect their Lee Swim Mug, please catch up with me after the swim. ☕️👍🏊‍♂️ ... See MoreSee Less
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2nd Album for the 2022 #vibesandscribesleeswim is courtesy of Fabian Murphy! Fabian spent the swim zooming around the course in his kayak- THANK YOU for your time, skill, and agility! Happy Tagging! ... See MoreSee Less
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1st Album from the 2022 #vibesandscribesleeswim courtesy of Bryan Conlon! Bryan spent the day zooming around the course- THANK YOU for your time, skill and agility! Happy Tagging! ... See MoreSee Less
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Photo Albums from our super star volunteer photographers Bryan Conlon, Fabian Murphy and Martin Donnelly will be posted over the next couple of days! #vibesandscribesleeswim Thank you so much for giving your time, skills and course agility to bring these to us! ... See MoreSee Less
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