A day to remember Sarah
A huge crowd braved the cold sea conditions for a very special event Sarah's Birthday Dip to mark the 18th birthday of the late Sarah Robinson, an inspirational young girl who left a mark on those she met during her life in Gorey.
Her parents David and Majella were joined on Ballymoney beach on what would have been Sarah's 18th birthday on December 30 by family, friends and many others including GAA star Conor McDonald.
Before taking a swim, the crowd of all different ages let off balloons in Sarah's memory.
David Robinson said that although the event was emotional, that he and his family were blown away by the support.
He said that everybody on the day knew that if Sarah had have been there with them, she would have braved the cold and really enjoyed herself at the beach.
Her parents wore special t-shirts to take part which depicted a young Sarah in her best swimming gear, and afterwards the large group went to Naomh Eanna GAA grounds for refreshments.
'We want to thank Courtown RNLI and the Red Cross, the complex in Naomh Eanna and all those from Wexford, Tipperary and Dublin who travelled up for it.
'It was a fantastic day, and a lot more people came than we expected. We wanted to celebrate Sarah's birthday but celebrate it in a way that would be different and fun,' said David Robinson.
It was Sarah's lasting wish not to be forgotten, and her parents agreed that this was another way of flying that flag for her.
All were delighted with the weather on the day, describing it as a blessing from Sarah herself as they'd like to think she was there looking down on them all.
'All of Sarah's friends were there and it was as much for them as anyone else. Any day that we know people are thinking of her, we're happy,' said David.
There was talk on the day of making A Day to Remember an annual event, but this is yet to be decided.