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Snámh (Swimming)

Spreading the Words

Read by Ruth Hegarty.

Could medieval Irish people swim? Did they swim for pleasure? Hear about
traditions of wild swimming and the dangers of swimming on a full stomach.

Spreading the Words is a series on the histories of Irish words from literature and everyday life written by Sharon Arbuthnot and Máire Ní Mhaonaigh and produced in association with the book A History of Ireland in 100 Words and the electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language (

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