Congratulations to all the participants in the 2009 Liffey Swim. I understand over 200 men and 70 women took part this year. They had a lovely sunny day for it and that brought out the crowds of spectators along the quays and over the bridges. Special praise has to go to the swimmer who while bringing up the rear of the mens race was still gracious enough to joke with the crowd. At the Ha' Penny bridge some jokers cheering on the swimmers shouted "you're going the wrong way". The swimmer looked up seemed to smile and shouted "Oh Really? Thanks!" turned around and started swimming back up the river to the amusement of all present.