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In pics and videos: Your Christmas and Stephen's Day swims

Conditions were Baltic – but thousands still turned out for the annual festive dips.
Dec 26th 2015, 1:20 PM 24,627 18

Updated at 1.30pm

CONDITIONS WERE FAR from ideal – but that didn’t stop thousands of people from braving the elements and taking their annual Christmas Day plunge yesterday.

More charity swims and runs are scheduled for this afternoon – but unfortunately, the weather’s showing no sign of improving: it’s set to be rainy all day, and there’s a weather warning in place for south and east of the country.

If you’ve taken the plunge already – at least that’s it finished for another year.

And if you’re heading out today – don’t forget to send us your photos: pictures@thejournal.ie.

25/12/2015. Pictured Full Moon. Pictured a full mo The full moon - on Christmas Day night. Swimmers were warned that the moon would cause strong tidal streams. Source: Sam Boal

Cavan

sw The annual Cavan Icebreakers swim. Source: Brian Daly/Youtube

Source: Brian Daly/YouTube

Dublin

Christmas Day swim - Dublin Swimmers brave the elements at the Forty Foot in Sandycove. Source: Niall Carson

Christmas Day swim - Dublin There they are - actually queueing up to jump in the sea. Source: Niall Carson

Christmas Day swim - Dublin Some of them are wearing hats - which will undoubtedly help guard against the cold. Source: Niall Carson

Christmas Day swim - Dublin Looks lovely doesn't it? Source: Niall Carson

Christmas Day swim - Dublin Almost tropical. Source: Niall Carson

25/12/2015. Christmas Day swim at the 40 foot. (Lt Maija Alhanko and Laura Krohn from Finland get into the Irish Christmas spirit in south Dublin. Source: Sasko Lazarov

25/12/2015. Christmas Day swim at the 40 foot. Kar As does Santa. Source: Sasko Lazarov

25/12/2015. Christmas Day swim at the 40 foot. Peo And his elves. Source: Sasko Lazarov

Kerry

pic1 Locals in Cromane in Co Kerry take part in a diabetes charity swim.

Galway

g5 In Galway hundreds braved the elements for the Cope Christmas Day swim. Source: RTÉ Screengrab

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se And this was the scene at Traught Beach, Kinvara. Source: Peter Reid

t5 Traught Beach Source: Peter Reid

Down Under

Australia Bondi Beach Christmas And there are probably a few Irish people in the background here... This isn't Ireland though, as you may have guessed. It's Bondi Beach in Sydney. Source: Associated Press

Read: Swimmers warned that full moon will make Christmas Day swims more hazardous

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