'Getting To Know...'

Mark Dywer, Atlantic Masters Swimming Club

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Being healthy.

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

Bram Stoker.

Which living person do you most admire?

Has to be Daniel Craig as James Bond.

Which is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My shyness.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Buying new swimming togs.

What is your favourite journey?

A trip to the pub.

On what occasion do you lie?

When I’m caught like a deer in the headlights.

Which living person do you most despise?

Can’t be published!

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

Sipping frozen margaritas on a yacht in the Caribbean.

When and where were you happiest?

When I was seven and holidaying in a mobile home in Wexford.

Which talent would you most like to have?

To be a black belt in karate.

What is your current state of mind?


What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My children.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?

Definitely a lion, because he’s king of the jungle.

What is your most treasured possession?

My paint brushes.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

The pubs being closed.

What is your favourite occupation?


What is the quality you most like in a man?


What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Enjoying what I enjoy.

Who are your favourite writers?

Charles Dickens and Roddy Doyle.

What is your motto?

To quote Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses, “He who dares wins”.

Mark is a co-founder of the Atlantic Masters Swimming Club. He lives in Kinvara with his wife Siobhan, and children Amy and Alfie. "I love swimming and socialising and like to please people but I don’t buy lotto tickets as my health is my wealth," he says. See https://atlanticmasters.ie.


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