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These brave souls took to the sea for a New Year's Day swim

Hundreds braved the cold to take their annual New Year’s Day plunge today.

THE FIRST DAY of 2018 was pretty cold, but that didn’t stop a few brave souls from getting into the sea for a dip this New Year’s Day.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Cork South West TD Margaret Murphy O’Mahony braved the windy conditions this afternoon, all in aid of Courtmacsherry RNLI.

However, Martin wasn’t the only politician to take to the water today.

Sinn Féin’s John Brady joined swimmers and spectators who turned out in their hundreds to celebrate the 35th annual Bray charities sea swim.

26173156_2020212258195319_6038306816627419726_o Swimmers getting ready for the icy plunge into the Irish Sea. Bray Lions Club Bray Lions Club

26170086_2020213911528487_448658001504976713_o Spectators and swimmers at Bray beach this afternoon. Bray Lions Club Bray Lions Club

All the money raised from the swim will go to three charities - Purple House Bray, Bray Poor Relief Fund and the Bray Lions Senior Citizens/Carers Fund.

26170866_2020214221528456_8866512926672172007_o Swimmers and local man Pete the Vet at Bray beach today. Bray Lions Club Bray Lions Club

26116336_2020212904861921_3953017896685480279_o (1) Bray Lions Club New Year's Day Sea Swim Bray Lions Club Bray Lions Club

Hats off to all these brave people, and all in aid of some great causes.

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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