Saturday 24 August 2019

In Pictures: Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dun Laoghaire

Joan Fleetwood from Blackrock pictured taking part in the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Joan Fleetwood from Blackrock pictured taking part in the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit:Frank Mc Grath

Louise Kelly & Luke Byrne

There are many traditions that have become part of our Christmas Day rituals - but this one is only for the very brave!

Jumping into the sea at the 40 foot in Dun Laoghaire has become an annual event for many adventurous souls, both young and old.

And this year's December 25 managed to gather the crowds looking for a festive dip - not least due to the unseasonably mild temperatures.

There to keep the swimmers - including his mum - entertained was Ethan Philip Smith (6), from Sandycove, who was busy playing his new violin at the pier.

“I’ve been playing just since this morning,” Ethan told independent.ie.

“I got the violin for Christmas,” the Brian Kennedy fan, who is a student at Scoil Lorcain, said.

Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Linda Heffernen and Shane Quigley Murphy both from Balinteer take the Christmas Day plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank McGrath
Siobhan Brennan and Paula Murpht watch the Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin. Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin. Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Family and friends capture the Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Linda Heffernen and Shane Quigley Murphy both from Balinteer take the Christmas Day plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin .Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Siobhan Brennan and Paula Murphy watch the Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin. Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Family and friends capture the Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin. Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Morgan Schaper pictured with his sister Kellie and Garrick Douthwaith, all from South Africa, at the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Grace Mannion, Emily Rowan, Lucy Rowan and Lucy Mannion , all from Stillorgan, pictured as they took part in the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin. Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Six year old Ethan Smith from Sandycove plays his new violin which his revieved from Santa , as his mum goes for a swim during the Christmas Day annual swim at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Christmas Day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit:Frank Mc Grath
Morgan Schaper pictured with his sister Kellie and Garrick Douthwaith, all from South Africa, at the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin. Credit: Frank Mc Grath
Morgan Schaper pictured with his sister Kellie and Garrick Douthwaith, all from South Africa, at the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Niamh Lowry from Castleknock pictured with her brother David after they took part in the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Dee Tully from Lucan pictured during the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Christmas day swimmers take the plunge at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Joan Fleetwood from Blackrock pictured taking part in the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin.Picture Credit:Frank Mc Grath 25/12/16
Joan Fleetwood from Blackrock pictured taking part in the Christmas day swim at the 40 foot in Dublin Credit:Frank Mc Grath

“I’m going to open the box and play and hopefully people put money for charity,” he added.

His mother Tara said it was the first time she had been at the spot to swim on Christmas, since his birth.

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“It was lovely, the water was gorgeous,” she said.

Joan Fleetwood (62), from Blackrock, said she swims nearly every year on December 25.

“I usually do it for charity,” she said.  “This year I didn’t want to ask. I was in for a minute or two,” she said.

Emily Reynolds (25), from Deansgrange and Kevin Spaulbing (23), from New York, also took a dip.

“It so warm I can’t even feel anything,” Ms Reynolds joked. Mr Spaulbing, who is in the US army, said he had been in the water at the spot during summer, but not at this time of year.

“It was ok,” he said.

Met Eireann have issued another status yellow wind warning that comes into force at 3pm this afternoon.

Gusts as high as 90 and 110km/h are expected across counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

The warning remains in place until 6am December 26 on St Stephen's Day.

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