- June 9, 2021
20:00 - 21:00
In association with Meitheal Mara.
Join us for a conversation with two special and inspirational women with an appetite for pushing physical extremes and a love of the sea: swimmer Nuala Moore and kayaker, cyclist and oarswoman Karen Weekes. Reporter Lorna Siggins will join them to discuss their motivations, ambitions and fears. All three women have circumnavigated Ireland at different times – Nuala by swimming in a relay team, Karen in a single kayak and Lorna by sail.
Nuala Moore is an Irish Open Water swimmer, with two Guinness World Records and World firsts. Over the last decade, she has pushed boundaries in some of the most dangerous icy waters and remote locations in the world. Nuala was a member of the relay team to swim the Bering Strait from Russia to the USA, as well as the only team to ever swim around the Island of Ireland 1,330km. Nuala is a pioneer, a cold water safety specialist, a coach, a mentor and a swimmer who has pushed the boundaries for women in extreme sports. She is inspirational, motivational and mostly unassuming.
Karen Weekes aims to be the first Irish female to row solo, 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in December 2021. Completing this distance will also make Karen the 20th woman in the world to row across an ocean solo. Endurance exploits have been a passion for Karen for all her life and have included both water and land based journeys. Karen is a lecturer at Munster Technological University with a PhD in sport psychology. She has worked extensively with both elite and non-elite athletes, specialising within the endurance genre.
Lorna Siggins is a print and radio reporter, and a former Irish Times western and marine correspondent. She has a strong love of the sea and a deep knowledge of people who make their living by it. She is the author of Everest Calling (1994) on the first Irish Everest expedition; Mayday! Mayday! (2004) on Irish helicopter search and rescue; and Once Upon a Time in the West: the Corrib gas controversy (2010).
Nuala Moore is an Irish Open Water swimmer, mostly known for her extreme Ice swims, and an ad-venturer on a wider scale. Over the last decade, she has pushed boundaries in some of the most dangerous icy waters and remote locations in the world.
She has two Guinness World Records for extreme swims, one for her part in the first and only inter-national relay team to swim from Russia to the USA across the Bering Strait, and the second for her pioneering swim in the notorious Drake Passage, South of Cape Horn.
Nuala was the first swimmer in the world to swim from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, the Drake Passage and the first woman in the world to swim south of Cape Horn. She was the first Irish swimmer, and the 3rd woman in the world to complete a 1000m in 0 deg Ice in just swim togs, hat and goggles.
Nuala has represented Ireland at 5 Ice swimming World Championship where the water was 0 deg and has a world championship, silver medal for 1000m event. She was also member of the 6 person team to swim around the island of Ireland in 2006, over 56 days and 1,330km. This gruelling expedition of back to back immersions, was one of the most cou-rageous swims ever achieved in the world of open water swimming.
Nuala is a pioneer, a cold water safety specialist, a coach, a mentor and a swimmer who has pushed the boundaries for women in extreme sports. She is inspirational, motivational and mostly unassum-ing,
Twice nominated as the World Open Water Woman of the Year.2014 and 2016
Three times listed in the top 50 of the World’s Most Adventurous Women in Open Water Swimming along with many other accolades. Red Bull has recognised her as one of the Ireland’s top 7 most adventurous women in 2017.
Nuala is down to earth, she is funny and she is a wonderful witty storyteller. She is engaging and a supreme motivator. Nuala has always sought the challenging route to success, though success was not always the ob-jective. in later years, the journey was all about facing her own weaknesses and finding her strengths. By choosing extreme swims, she focuses on the need to tap into the emotions, where we question our weaknesses and seek out those moments of greatness, which allow us to grow. life is all about the choices within choices.
Nuala will take you around the world, allowing you to be part of her journey of risks, endurance and perseverance.
She has always shown determination, surrounded herself with great people and works with the mot-to, that we are the ‘sum of the parts’ Success and failure.
“We can only swim the water in front of us, because we have no mountain top”
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Dr. Karen Weekes aims to be the first Irish female to row solo, 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in December 2021. Completing this distance will also make Karen the 20th woman in the world to row across an ocean solo. Karen is a lecturer at Munster Technological University on the Health and Leisure degree. With a PhD in sport psychology, Karen has worked extensively with both elite and non-elite athletes, specialising within the endurance genre. Endurance exploits have been a passion for Karen for all her life and has included both water and land based journeys.