[Irish] Free State, was seized by Republican extremists and imprisoned in a deserted house on the edge of the Liffey with every prospect of death.
"Pleading a natural necessity, he got into the garden, plunged under a shower of revolver bullets and as he swam the ice-cold December stream, promised it, should it land him in safety, two swans. I was present when he fulfilled that vow."
[Gogarty's An Offering of Swans recalls this event.]
[Gogarty was the inspiration for the character of Buck Mulligan in James Joyce's Ulysses]