Santas ho, ho, hope dash raises cash
HUNDREDS of Santas went dashing through the countryside at the weekend in trademark white beards and jolly red suits.
But rather than getting a head start on their important Christmas deliveries, these Santas were raising money for charity in the Ennis Santa Fun Run, Co Clare.
About 200 participants sprinted, jogged or strolled from the start at the Auburn Lodge through five kilometres of country roads to finish at the same point.
The charity fun run and its festive participants (pictured above) braved the cold on Saturday. And at least one young entrant, Andy Lynch (6), from Broadford, Co Clare, (pictured left) used a bicycle to cover the distance.
With not a flake of snow in sight, there was no opportunity for Santa to use his traditional method of transport, the sleigh.
The fun run, which was in aid of Clare Crusaders Clinic for children with special needs, raised in the region of €4,000.
And the hardy souls who braved the chilly temperatures were rewarded for their efforts with a full Santa suit, a medal and a warming cup of hot chocolate.