Hardy folk take to wa­ters for good causes and craic


WHILE many of us chose to stay in front of the fire, or start peel­ing the spuds, hun­dreds of Greystones res­i­dents opted to jump in the bit­terly cold sea on Christ­mas morn­ing.

It has be­come some­thing of a tra­di­tion in Greystones for cer­tain fam­i­lies and groups of friends to hit the beach af­ter church ser­vices with their tow­els and togs for the an­nual dip in the Ir­ish sea.

While some in­di­vid­u­als raised money for lo­cal char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Laura and Amy O'Hal­lo­ran col­lect­ing for the Peter McVerry Trust, many peo­ple went along to soak up the fes­tive at­mos­phere and en­joy the craic.

The O'Hal­lo­ran fam­ily has raised thou­sands over the past num­ber of years to­wards the home­less chari-


he party con­tin­ued long af­ter the swim was over, with mouth­wa­ter­ing mulled wine and re­fresh­ments served up to the freez­ing­masses.

The crowd in­cluded some of the Shore­line Greystones team, as well as plenty of chil­dren, as Santa had been and gone at that stage of the day.


Pic­tures: Bar­bara Flynn

San­dra Simp­son.

Josh, Myles and Adam Cam­pion.

Judy McKeever, com­plete with Santa suit.

Barra Kunz.

Paul and Ava Led­widge.

Carolina Leon.

James Kelly

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