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Thousands brave chilly waters for Christmas Day swim

Thousands of people have been taking part in Christmas Day swims around the country.

For many, going for a swim with family and friends on Christmas morning has become a tradition.

Others have been braving the chilly waters along the coast and in lakes to raise money for charities.

At the Forty Foot in Sandycove in Dublin, hundreds of people took the plunge this morning in water temperatures described as being between 9 and 10 degrees.

In Co Galway, huge crowds gathered in Salthill for the annual Christmas Day swim, organised by the homeless charity COPE.

Over 700 swimmers braved the cold with the aim of surpassing the total sum of €41,500 raised for the charity last Christmas.

Further west, in Conamara, hundreds of swimmers gathered on Trá Mhór, in Indreabhán, for a Christmas Day dip in aid of a local fundraiser.

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