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Journalist achieves lifelong dream by winning Liffey Swim

Paul O’Flynn took 43 minutes to complete the course.

A journalist said he has accomplished a lifelong dream after winning this year’s Dublin City Liffey Swim.

Paul O’Flynn, 37, who works for RTE News & Sport, finished the 2.2km swim in 43 minutes.

Mr O’Flynn, who is a member of the Half Moon Swimming Club in Dublin and has an eight-minute handicap, has taken part in the race 15 times previously.

“I think the first time I took part I was around 14, so it’s definitely been a lifelong dream,” he said.

“I’m elated, so delighted to have won, I think I’m still in a state of shock.

“It’s been a long time coming, I knew I had a chance at it, but you never know with the tide and the weather or the currents.

“I just put the head down and got on with it, I was delighted to get over the line.

“By the end stage, you’re running on empty, if it had been 50 metres longer I don’t think I would have managed it.

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About 500 competitors took part in the race (Aoife Moore/PA)

“As it’s been such a long time coming, I’ll have to celebrate it properly, the tradition is to have a few pints in Mulligans, so I think I’ll do that and have a real celebration tonight.”

This year’s men and women’s swim started at Rory O’More Bridge and finished at North Wall Quay in front of the Custom House.

About 500 swimmers took part in Saturday’s race, which is in its 99th year, and were treated to an al fresco shower afterwards, courtesy of Dublin Fire Brigade.

Swimmers are assigned a time handicap depending on their level of proficiency.

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