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Sunday 11 December 2016

WATCH: 'My teeth are still chattering' Tommy Bowe takes winterly dive from Dun Laoghaire Forty Foot

Published 30/11/2016 | 16:04

Ireland and Ulster player Tommy Bowe was pictured at the 40 foot in Dun Laoghaire today to launch the 2016 Coca-Cola Designated Driver campaign. Joining him was Jonathan Byrne (black shorts) and Ronan Bell (red shirts).
Ireland and Ulster player Tommy Bowe was pictured at the 40 foot in Dun Laoghaire today to launch the 2016 Coca-Cola Designated Driver campaign. Joining him was Jonathan Byrne (black shorts) and Ronan Bell (red shirts).

When the weather hits a balmy 7 degrees Celsius, you might not want to dive into nippy waters. That didn't stop Ulster rugby legend Tommy Bowe.

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The Monaghan native leaped into the freezing waters twice from Dun Laoghaire Forty Foot this afternoon to promote Coca-Cola's designated driver campaign.

"It's something that back home my family would do a fair bit," Tommy told Independent.ie.

"I was delighted to do it today. It's a bit of a Christmas tradition for a lot of people around the 40 foot and all around the country.

"My teeth are still chattering, but it was all good. I don't know if I'll put my hand up for it again at Christmas again," he joked.

Despite the low temperatures, it didn't take Bowe (32) long to shake off the cold.

Ireland and Ulster player Tommy Bowe was pictured at the 40 foot in Dun Laoghaire today to launch the 2016 Coca-Cola Designated Driver campaign. Joining him was Jonathan Byrne (black shorts) and Ronan Bell (red shirts).
Ireland and Ulster player Tommy Bowe was pictured at the 40 foot in Dun Laoghaire today to launch the 2016 Coca-Cola Designated Driver campaign. Joining him was Jonathan Byrne (black shorts) and Ronan Bell (red shirts).

"We do ice baths a lot for recovery in rugby.

"I see Cian Healy and Jamie Heaslip down here all the time. Those guys seem to be hanging in there, so I thought I'd follow them."

Coca-Cola are offering designated drivers two free drinks in certain pubs as part of their latest campaign.

For more information and a list of participating outlets, visit www.designateddriver.ie.

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