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Brave souls take the plunge for annual Christmas Day swims across the country

Published 25/12/2015 | 13:42

NEWS 25/12/2015 Pictured at the Christmas day swim at Garretstown, Kinsale Co Cork was Michelle Collins, Jean Murphy and Donna O Reilly. Picture Denis Boyle
NEWS 25/12/2015 Pictured at the Christmas day swim at Garretstown, Kinsale Co Cork was Michelle Collins, Jean Murphy and Donna O Reilly. Picture Denis Boyle
25.12.2015...Bull Wall Clontarf Dublin...Early morning Christmas swimmers Emma Teeling (left) and Cath Dockrell enjoy the cool waters at the Bull Wall.Pic Mark Maxwell/Maxpix Dublin
25.12.2015...Bull Wall Clontarf Dublin...Early morning Christmas swimmers enjoy the cool waters at the Bull Wall.Pic Mark Maxwell/Maxpix Dublin
25/12/15People enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/15People enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/15Arnold family enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/15Arnold family enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/2015 Over 150 took part at the Christmas day splash at the Loughrea Lake, Co. Galway in aid of Caring and Sharing Assassination for disabled people in Loughrea. Picture: Hany Marzouk
25/12/15People enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/15People enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/15People enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/15People enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
25/12/15People enjoying the Christmas Swim in the 40 foot,Sandycove ,Co Dublin this morning.Pic Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Over 130 people took part in the annual Christmas Day Swim in aid of the North West Hospice at Rosses Point Yacht Club, Sligo, yesterday. Photo: James Connolly 25DEC15

Even at the height of summer it takes a brave soul to take a dip off the coast of Ireland, so hitting that water on Christmas morning takes an extra shot of bravado.

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Emma Teeling and Cath Dockrell were among the individuals who braved the cold of the Irish Sea early this morning for a bracing Christmas Day swim at Bull Wall, Clontarf.

They're just two of countless swimmers across the country who are taking the plunge today in what is an annual tradition.

A large crowd gathered at the 40 Foot, Sandycove, where they jumped off into the freezing water.

Santa hats and costumes could be seen on beaches across the country from Dublin to Derry and Galway to Cork.

Over 150 took part at the Christmas day splash at the Loughrea Lake, Co. Galway in aid of Caring and Sharing Association for disabled people.

In Sligo more than 130 took part in the annual Christmas Day Swim in aid of the North West Hospice at Rosses Point Yacht Club.

Michelle Collins, Jean Murphy and Donna O'Reilly looked like they could be in the south of France in their bikinis but were actually swimming at Garretstown, Kinsale, Co Cork.

Up north at Portstewart, Co Derry, hoards of people took a dip, including one man in a full Santa costume complete with beard, and Rudolph.

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