Friday 15 December 2017

If you're looking for some refreshment this Christmas, a host of festive swims will be held across Wexford

By Amy Lewis

Fergus Rapple, Danny O' Connor, Tom Lynch, Seamus Murphy and Mick Gregan all set for the Tara Vale swim.
Fergus Rapple, Danny O' Connor, Tom Lynch, Seamus Murphy and Mick Gregan all set for the Tara Vale swim.

While many of us are looking forward to escaping the winter chill this week, there are many more around the county who are preparing to take the plunge on Christmas Day.

There are plenty of festive swims taking place on December 25, which are sure to attract huge crowds of brave souls seeking some refreshment. A Christmas swim will kick off at 12 p.m. sharp at Rosslare Strand in aid of St Mary's Daycare Centre and Rosslare Community Centre. Mulled wine, hot soup and a bonfire are sure to make the chilling dip that bit more bearable.

The traditional swim at Curracloe beach is a festive favourite which sees crowds of people gathering on Christmas morning. Meanwhile on Ballinesker Beach, a popular Christmas swim will be held at 11 a.m.

For those in the North of the county, there will be plenty of opportunities to have a Christmas paddle. In Ballymoney, the Tara Vale swimmers will dive in at Ballymoney beach at midday on New Year's Day. Everyone who takes part can warm up with music and fun in The Tara Vale, Kildermot afterwards.

The annual Courtown Hibs Christmas day swim will not take place this year.

However, eager swimmers in Courtown can still take the plunge on New Year's Day. Those looking to get in touch with nature can head to Seal Rescue Ireland's Seal Dip Fundraiser on North Beach at 1 p.m. The event will be followed by an exciting seal release which is not to be missed.

Cahore's annual New Year's Day Swim will return for another year as crowds meet at Cahore pier at 2 p.m. Participants can get 2016 off to a refreshing start and support Cahore Inshore Rescue Service at the same time. Sponsorship cards are available from Gerry O'Loughlin on 087 2771473 or Brenda Kavanagh on 087 9022589

Although festive swims are meant to be enjoyable occasions, Irish Water Safety have issued a warning to anyone who plans to take the plunge. This year, there will be a full moon on Christmas day which will cause strong tidal streams around the coast and cause rip currents to increase in strength and speed. They are advising swim organisers to provide event details to the Irish Coast Guard and Gardai. They recommend appointing a Safety Officer for each event and ensuring that access points are cleaned. Irish Water Safety strongly advises swimmers to avoid alcohol and fancy dress.

Wexford People

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