Tak­ing the plunge


Bray People - - NEWS -

THEY came in their droves to Grey­stones South Beach on Christ­mas Day for the an­nual fes­tive swim.

While some stayed nice and warm on the shore in their Christ­mas jumpers and scarves and gloves, oth­ers hopped in to the Ir­ish Sea wear­ing noth­ing but togs and a smile.

The shrieks could heard for miles, and that was just the on­look­ers check­ing out the guns on some of the swim­mers.

The Christ­mas Day swim in Grey­stones has be­come part of the day for many fam­i­lies in the area.

While the weather was beau­ti­ful this year, on one oc­ca­sion an at­tempt was made to can­cel the swim due to poor con­di­tions.

The at­tempt was un­suc­cess­ful, how­ever, and peo­ple came to the un­of­fi­cial event any­way.

Money has been col­lected for char­i­ties on the day from time to time, in­clud­ing the Peter McVerry trust.

Boys and girls, adults and fam­ily pets con­verged at the beach for a pic­nic and stroll and to gether with the com­mu­nity be­fore their Christ­mas din­ner.

Ev­ery­one had a smile on their faces, and the at­tire var­ied be­tween win­ter wool­lies and out­fits prob­a­bly more suit­able for a sum­mer day.

Peo­ple started gath­er­ing at the beach from 10.30 in the morn­ing, after Santa had paid his visit and tum­mies filled with break­fast. From then un­til around 1 p.m. it was a very busy spot.

Gill Shiel, Orla Caf­frey and Mo Ga­han at the Grey­stones Christ­mas Day Swim on the South Beach.

Harry Hap­po­nen, Os­car Byrne and Kevin O’Rourke.

Sophie Gum­mer­son and Lisa Murphy.

Han­nah McKeever

Erica Somers, Mau­reen Laverty and Jake and Ai­dan Somers.

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