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Pictures: These hardy souls braved the Forty Foot on a very rainy Christmas in Sandycove today

Hundreds turned up for the annual Christmas swim in aid of charity.
Dec 25th 2017, 2:23 PM 33,917 26

FORTY FOOT XMAS SWIM  758A2771_90532929 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE lined up this Christmas Day, to jump off the famous Forty Foot pier in Sandycove for their Christmas swim.

FORTY FOOT XMAS SWIM 758A2733_90532927 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

Such swims happen all over the country with the aim of raising money for charity, and this one near Dun Laoghaire in Dublin is done in aid of the St John of Gods charity.

FORTY FOOT XMAS SWIM 758A2725_90532928 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

Christmas Day swim- Dublin Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

Christmas Day swim- Dublin Source: Niall Carson/PA Images

People have been swimming at the Forty Foot – rain or shine – for 250 years.

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Formerly a gentleman-only bathing spot, it is now open to everyone, including those die-hard swimmers who insist on taking their daily dip regardless of the season.

FORTY FOOT XMAS SWIM 758A2748_90532926 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

Today was a particularly rainy day in Dublin, but that didn’t deter the crowds that came out.

FORTY FOOT XMAS SWIM 758A2759_90532925 Source: Eamonn Farrell/

We hope they got nice and warmed up afterwards.

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Read: Doing a Christmas Day swim this year? We talked to an Irish international ice swimmer for some advice

Read: The Forty Foot swimmers: ‘Our oldest is now 91… he has his cake and cigarette before he gets in’

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