Hardy divils mark New Year with nippy Fenit Dip

The weather has been relatively warm in recent days but it still wouldn't be most people's idea of ideal swimming conditions.

But that didn't put off hardy souls in Fenit who came out in force on Tuesday to enjoy a new but growing tradition the New Years swim.

The day also saw the silver jubilee of a more long standing tradition the 12 Swims of Christmas. Tralee Swimming Club members first took on the challenge 25 years ago and have never since failed to complete it.

Over the years they have battled wind, rain, frost, snow and ice to plunge into the freezing sea at the bathing slip during the Christmas period.

Eleven of the twelve swims take place at the bathing slip as the swimmers always join in the Christmas Day dip at Locke's Beach. This year, the swimmers enjoyed a daily dip in water measuring 10C during a mild Christmas period.

The intrepid swimmers maintain that the dip in the cold water fortifies them against winter's colds and flues.