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Saturday 19 January 2019

Ideal weather for annual dip

Well over 100 people took the St Stephen's Day plunge at the new pier in Wicklow in an effort to shed some of those festive indulgences.

The conditions which greeted the swimmers were far kinder than the wet and windy elements they usually face each year.

The tradition of a Christmas swim for local charities was originally started by Wicklow Swimming Club on Christmas Day back in 1985. This was changed to St Stephen's Day the following year ad the Swimming Club still organise the event each year. This year's charity of choice was Wicklow RNLI.

Certain onlookers seemed to take particular delight at the sound of screams as each swimmer entered the waters for the first time. The majority of participants opted to get in and out of the water as quickly as possible, though a number did decide to take a swim around the harbour.

Plenty of people showed up in fancy dress, including some seasonal dress-ups such as Santa Claus and some of his helpers.

Afterwards the shivering swimmers then made their to Phil Healy's where they could warm themselves up from their cold dip after being treated to some hot soup and beverages.

Wicklow People

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