Filmmakers focus on Irish swimmer Maureen McCoy

09th May, 2017

Swimming continues to inspire, this time the water has inspired filmmakers Natalia Witkowska and Kitty Camilleri as part of their masters degree at Trinity College Dublin.

They recently produced a short documentary film about Irish swimmer Maureen McCoy. Maureen has swum the English Channel and is co-author of Wild Swimming in Ireland. She enjoys outdoor swimming throughout the year and in the film contemplates her passion for her art in swimming. “I decided to focus the film on outdoor swimming because it was something that I was interested in but knew little about,” says Director Kitty Camilleri. “I approached Maureen having read her and Paul McCambridge’s book. I thought she wrote beautifully and would make a great subject for a short film.”

The film follows one of Maureen’s swims in Dun Laoghaire, co. Dublin. “Coming from London, I have not had many opportunities in wild swimming myself, but Maureen has inspired me to try it out this summer. I hope that by sharing this film, others will feel the same way,” says Kitty.

Maureen did two collections for the Outdoor Swimming Society: Five best places to swim in Ireland and Summer Diving Boards, Irelands top five.