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Christmas and New Year sea swims around Ireland

Bray, Co Wicklow: The annual sea swim for local charities takes place on the beach in Bray on New Year’s Day at noon.

Bundoran, Co Donegal: The Christmas Day swim takes place on the main beach at 12.15pm

Carlingford, Co Louth: The 12th annual Christmas Eve pier to pier charity swim in Carlingford is 3pm on December 24th. Swimmers are invited to hot soup and festive food in the Fishy Dishy restaurant in the Carlingford Sailing Club afterwards. Carlingfordsailingclub.net

Clontarf, Dublin:
The annual Christmas Day swim run by the Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club (CY&BC) in aid of the RNLI is at 1pm on December 25, entering the water from the slipway across the road from the CY&BC. Cybc.ie

Derrynane and Fenit, Co Kerry: The Christmas Day swim at noon on Locke Bay near Fenit is reputedly the biggest in Munster. Elsewhere in the county, swimmers gather at noon on Christmas Day at Derrynane Bay.

Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin
: Probably the busiest spot for Christmas Day swims outside of large charity events, there is usually a queue of swimmers from morning until early afternoon.

Galway Bay:
10am-1pm, Christmas morning in Blackrock, Salthill, for the annual Cope Galway Christmas swim. Funds raised will go to support homeless and vulnerable people in the county. Copegalway.ie/swim

Greystones, Co Wicklow:
The town comes out to cheer along the hardy Christmas Day swimmers on the south beach around noon.

Guillamene, Co Waterford: This popular deep-water bathing spot outside Tramore is thronged with well wishers and swimmers on Christmas Day, 10.30-11.30am.

Kilkee and Gortglass Lake, Co Clare:
The Christmas Day swim at 12.30pm in Kilkee is held to raise funds for the Kilkee Sub Aqua Club’s search and rescue activities. A hardy band of locals also partake in a charity Christmas Day swim from 12.30pm-2.30pm in Gortglass Lake, Kildysart, Co Clare.

Lough Arrow Swim : Commencing at 1pm. Meet at Flynn’s Pier for 12.30pm registration. Music, fun, prizes and hot drinks on the day. Everyone welcome to come along and support with proceeds in aid of North West Hospice.

Myrtleville, Co Cork:
Christmas Day swim at this picturesque cove south of Cork city. Myrtlevilleswimmers.com

Rosses Point, Co Sligo: The Christmas Day swim on Rosses Point starts from the beach next to the Sligo Yacht Club at noon.

Rosslare, Co Wexford: A big crowd gathers to watch the hardy swimmers who brave the waves on Rosslare Strand on Christmas Day at noon.

Skerries, Co Dublin:
The Christmas Day swim at noon from the Sailing Club slipway in this North Dublin town is a long and popular tradition which draws huge crowds in good festive spirits.

Wicklow Harbour, Wicklow Town:
The annual charity swim in Wicklow town is on St Stephen’s Day at 12.30pm. wicklowsc.com