Braving the torrential rain of Tuesday night (May 17), over 80 people turned out to support Banbridge freelance photographer Paul McCambridge and Lisburn swimmer Maureen McCoy at the launch of their book, Wild Swimming in Ireland.
The book which aims to inspire swimmers to get off the beaten track and find amazing locations for swimming, diving and snorkelling, has already attracted good interest, dipping into the top 20 of Irish Interest books on Amazon.
Paul said: “We’ve been surprised by the take up on it and we’ve noticed that Amazon has sold out of it a few times. It’s doing well, so now we just hope it continues.”
Launched by avid swimmer and renowned Hillsborough artist, Neil Shawcross, at the Cardan Bar and Grill, Lisburn, Neil spoke of the health benefits he has found from outdoor swimming.
Paul said: “In promoting the book, Neil spoke of how some years back the doctor had recommended him to have a flu jab but he refused, telling him he gets a flu jab every week. He went on to tell the doctor that every week he takes a swim in Strangford Lough and he’s had no flus or colds over the years.
Paul added: “The book launch went really well and we were pleased with it.”
The book is comprised of Paul’s spectacular photos complimented by Maureen’s expert tips and practical information on how to make wild swimming safe and invigorating for everyone, whatever your ability.
Among their recommendations are a dip under the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, circumnavigating Devenish Island and exploring the rockpool at Hook Head Lighthouse.
Wild Swimming in Ireland is available from bookshops or to order through Amazon.