'Totally freezing' but they still take the plunge
"THE generosity of people knows no bounds" commented organiser Mary Stack following the annual Christmas Day Swim at the Island Wood, Newmarket, which this year benefited Down Syndrome Ireland.
Over 70 courageous volunteers wearing the distinctive purple T-shirts synonymous with the organisation took to the waters of the Dalua to loud applause and encouragement from the huge crowd of onlookers.
The swimmers afterwards described the water as "totally freezing", although organisers were delighted with the overall dry and mild weather conditions which saw entire families and their canine friends enjoying the festive atmosphere in the fabulous setting of the Island Wood.
"We're delighted to be running the swim this year for Down's Syndrome Ireland, it is a fantastic organisation which caters for the needs of all people with Down's Syndrome," said Mary.
"I think it is great that we can do something for them, there's a massive crowd here and we have big support from surrounding areas like Kanturk, Kilbrin, Boherbue, and Kiskeam".
Mary paid tribute to Julia McAuliffe and the sean nós dancers who also made a recent collection for Down's Syndrome Ireland.
She concluded by thanking Super Valu for the mulled wine, Derry Kiely for the amplification, all who helped organise the event, the swimmers who took part, and everyone who turned up to support this very popular Christmas Day event.