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Wetlander's Pick of the PostsThe ‘first lady of Irish bog snorkelling’ is queen of a weird sport

By Sol Neelman – – August 29, 2012
Bog snorkelling saved Julia Galvin’s life. More than a decade ago, the biology teacher from County Kerry, Ireland, was laid up in the hospital with sciatica in both legs. She couldn’t walk and was bored senseless. To pass time, she picked up a Guinness — the record book, not the beer. Flipping past the guy with the world’s longest fingernails and the heaviest house cat ever, Galvin saw a photo of a bloke bog snorkeling and had an epiphany. “I vowed if I ever walked again I was going to be a bog snorkeller,” Galvin said. “Of course, I was on 16 painkillers a day when I decided that.” Any fuzzy logic resulting from the smorgasbord of meds cleared with time, but her passion for one of the weirdest of weird sports grew. By 1999, she was in Llanwrtyd Wells, the home of bog snorkelling, for her first competition.

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