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PLENTY of hardy bucks will ig­nore the Jan­uary chill and take the plunge at a num­ber of swims tak­ing place in the county be­tween Christ­mas and New Year’s Day.

The 32nd an­nual Bray Char­i­ties Sea Swim will take place at 12 mid­day on New Year’s Day.

The an­nual event was set up by the Lions Club with the dual pur­poses of hav­ing some fes­tive fun and rais­ing funds for lo­cal char­i­ties. The to­tal amount raised so far for lo­cal causes is €304,804.

The swim will be fol­lowed by a well de­served hot drink in The Strand af­ter­wards. Char­i­ties which have ben­e­fited from the swim over the years in­clude Sun­beam House, Bray Can­cer Support, Meals on Wheels and many more.

In Grey­stones, the peo­ple of the town will be gath­er­ing at the south beach from 11 a.m.

While the tra­di­tion is not of­fi­cially or­gan­ised or spon­sored by any of­fi­cial body, it has be­come part of the Christ­mas Day rit­ual for many lo­cal fam­i­lies.

There are of­ten col­lec­tions at the swim for char­i­ties in­clud­ing the Peter McVerry trust. Many will bring along hot drinks and a win­ter pic­nic.

The fifth an­nual New Year’s Day Swim in aid of the Liver Unit in St Vincent’s Hos­pi­tal takes place at South Beach, Ark­low at 12 noon sharp.

Or­gan­ised by Ea­monn and Mary Burke the event is a popular fix­ture in the Christ­mas and New Year cal­en­dar and al­ways sees a huge ef­fort made by swim­mers who turn up in fancy dress.

The swim was first or­gan­ised by the cou­ple from Beech Road as a thank you to the unit which cared for Ea­monn dur­ing his own suc­cess­ful trans­plant.

To date €24,500 has been do­nated to the cause thanks to the swim and all the lo­cal peo­ple who get in­volved and call on their com­mu­nity for spon­sor­ship.

To reg­is­ter or for a spon­sor­ship card please call Mary at 087 9259504.

Wick­low Swimming Club will be hold­ing it’s an­nual St Stephens day swim at 1 p.m. at the New Pier in Wick­low town. This years swim is in aid of Wick­low Day Care cen­tre and there will be a bucket col­lec­tion at the swim. All are wel­come to join in and fancy dress is op­tional.

This year the swimming club has raised the fol­low­ing for lo­cal causes: €750 to the Blue Dol­phins, €400 to the RNLI and €630 to Wick­low Can­cer Care.

The com­mit­tee would like to wish con­grat­u­la­tions to all of the young swim­mers of the club, who have had a fan­tas­tic year of swimming.

The com­mit­tee would also like to thank all the mums and dads and all of the peo­ple who are down early on a Sun­day morn­ing to help run the races.

Paul Ja­cob, Holly Ja­cob and Alan Horgan tak­ing part in the swim in Grey­stones last year.

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