First man home was Ger Wilkes, from Malahide and a member of North Dublin swimming club.
â€œThe hardest bit thinking people are coming up behind you, thinking, â€˜Am I doing enough?â€™ I knew I was in the lead from about the Halâ€™penny Bridge. It was only a matter of hanging on then. Oâ€™Connell Bridge is liking going through a big dark tunnel, but itâ€™s great. I put a lot of training in during the year, so Iâ€™m delighted, but shattered.â€
Rachel Lee, a member of Guinnness swimming club and a paramedic with Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB), was greeted by cheers from many of her colleagues on duty by the quayside, as she came in first in the womenâ€™s race.
â€œI canâ€™t believe it. Iâ€™m delighted,â€ she said. The hardest moment for her, she said, was â€œfinding the finish point at the endâ€.
See the Irish Times