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Photos: People braved the cold for Christmas swims around the country today

The annual Christmas swim took place in numerous spots around the country today.

christmas-day-swim-dublin Going for a dip in Sandycove PA Images PA Images

PEOPLE AROUND THE country turned out today for a customary Christmas swim this morning. 

Christmas Day Swim 037 Pictured are bathers entering the sea off Dunmore East Dock in County Waterford today

Some adorned festive attire as they braved the cold and took the plunge. 

Christmas Day Swim 006 A dip at the Forty Foot this morning Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

Meanwhile, in Down, a group of hardy swimmers entered the sea in Donaghadee for a Christmas swim.

Christmas Day Swim 022 Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

Kathleen Monteverde said it was an exhilarating experience, adding: “It is something I always admired other people doing and never thought I could do it.

“I started in February and aiming to get the whole year for the first time.”

She began sea swimming using a wet suit and that morphed into “skin swimming”.

Christmas Day Swim 020 More from the Forty Foot Sam Boal / Sam Boal / /

“It definitely wakes you up and gets you ready for the day because Christmas can be very stressful – it is so busy.

“It is great, you just get grounded and ready for the day.”

christmas-day-swim-dublin Damien Storan / PA Images Damien Storan / PA Images / PA Images

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