Taking the plunge
ANNUAL SEA SWIM AT SOUTH BEACH GREYSTONES ON CHRISTMAS DAY
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.
Erica Somers, Maureen Laverty and Jake and Aidan Somers.