RNLI assists Santa during visit
Santa Claus made a surprise visit to Wicklow town on Saturday and he had to forgo his usual method of transport.
Instead of flying into the county town via a reindeer led sled, Santa was assisted by the local RNLI as he arrived by boat. The crew of the all-weather lifeboat Annie Blaker made sure Mr Claus arrived at Wicklow Lifeboat Station safe and dry.
Santa spent time chatting to local children, listening to what they want under the Christmas Tree and handing out presents to all. The Annie Blaker then brought Santy back out to sea where he was picked up by Rudolph and the rest of the crew and brought back to the North Pole.
Wicklow RNLI will also be the main beneficiaries of this year's St Stephen's Day Swim organised by Wicklow Swimming Club.
The annual swim takes place at the new pier in Wicklow town at 12.30 p.m.