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Leinster stars including Kane Douglas helped launch the Special Olympics icy Polar Plunge (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)

Leinster stars including Kane Douglas helped launch the Special Olympics icy Polar Plunge (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)

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Leinster's Dave Kearney, who is close to returning to the pitch after an injury lay-off, said signing up to take the plunge is a great way to support some of Ireland's most inspiring athletes (Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE)

Leinster's Dave Kearney, who is close to returning to the pitch after an injury lay-off, said signing up to take the plunge is a great way to support some of Ireland's most inspiring athletes (Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE)

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Leinster stars including Kane Douglas helped launch the Special Olympics icy Polar Plunge (Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE)

Kane Douglas, Dave Kearney and Collie O'Shea were on hand recently to launch the Special Olympics icy Polar Plunge.

Special Olympics Leinster is one of two Leinster charity partners (the other being LauraLynn) and the three Leinster stars were on hand to get freezin' for a reason in Clogherhead, Co Louth.

This unique event which will see plungers brave the icy waters at Clogherhead beach on Saturday December 6. It is hoped the event will raise thousands of euros for Special Olympics athletes. Separate plunges are also taking place in locations around the country this December as part of a fundraising drive to support athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Dave, who is close to returning to the pitch after an injury lay-off, said signing up to take the plunge is a great way to support some of Ireland's most inspiring athletes.

"Rugby players like myself are well used to taking ice baths but Special Olympics Polar Plunge at Clogherhead beach on Saturday December 6 is a much more fun way to get freezin' for a really good reason," he said.

"I'd encourage everyone to sign up for the event at specialolympics.ie/polarplunge and help support some of Ireland's most inspiring athletes," added Kearney, a native of Dundalk, Co Louth.

Polar Plunges are happening at the following Leinster locations:

Saturday, December6 (11am start time): Clogherhead, Co Louth - registration €15

Saturday, December 6 (11am start time):

Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin - registration €15

Saturday, December13 (11am start time) - The Strand, Athlone, Co Westmeath

Would-be plungers are encouraged to register early online at www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge to secure their place!

Irish Independent