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Pictures: These brave souls headed out for Christmas Day swims across the country

Hundreds turned out across the country for Christmas Day swims.

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CONDITIONS WERE FAR from ideal – but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from braving the cold and rain to take their annual Christmas Day plunge yesterday.

Dozens of Christmas Day swims happen all over the country every year with the aim of raising money for charity.

Many more swims and runs are are scheduled for this afternoon – thankfully, the weather looks a bit brighter and drier than yesterday …but temperatures will still hit as low as two degrees.

If you’ve taken the plunge already, be it for charity or just for fun – well done, wrap up warm today.

And if you’re heading out today – don’t forget to send us your photos:


IMG_3202 Dozens faced the cold conditions for a Christmas Day swim in Broadstrand, West Cork. Vincent O'Donovan Vincent O'Donovan


One of the most well-known Christmas Day swim locations is the Forty Foot pier in Sandycove, Dublin.

An organised swim happened where in aid of the St John of Gods charity.

image2 Swimmers brave the elements at the Forty Foot in Sandycove. Kevin Phelan Kevin Phelan

FORTY FOOT XMAS SWIM 758A2725_90532928 Fair play to the swimmers, the conditions look fierce cold. Eamonn Farrell Eamonn Farrell

4 FORTY FOOT XMAS SWIM 758A2799_90532931 Eamonn Farrell Eamonn Farrell

Christmas Day swim- Dublin Yes, even Santa took part. Niall Carson Niall Carson

Christmas Day swim- Dublin Niall Carson Niall Carson


The Happy Pear twins from Greystones, Wicklow joined in on the festivities and headed out for a swim with their friends and family.


IMG_20171225_120546 Dozens more swimmers took to the waters at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar Brian McCaffrey Brian McCaffrey

IMG_20171225_120216_1 There they are - actually queueing up to jump in the lake Brian McCaffrey Brian McCaffrey


It’s not just Christmas Day swims that people head out on …many Christmas Day charity runs are organised across the country, too.

A 7.5 mile run and swim was hosted in Buncrana, Donegal on behalf of Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

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

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

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