Courtown Christmas Day swim

courtown xmas day swimIt is something of a tradition in Courtown that Christmas day at noon is when the natives go swimming! So it seemed rude not to have a wander down and see the brave souls as they had a ‘refreshing dip’. It was a crisp morning with a sharp frost and, since the sea was about 8c it was probably warmer in the sea than on land – except that us spectators all had clothes on!

courtown xmas day swim2The crowds and swimmers congregated at the lifeboat house and at just after noon wandered up the coast to the pier to fling themselves in the sea.

courtown xmas day swim3I was not sure what to expect but ‘Christmas Day Swim’ was a bit of an exaggeration!

courtown xmas day swim4The hardy (or foolhardy) souls prepared themselves for the cold water..

courtown xmas day swim5ran in to the sea…

courtown xmas day swim6and ran straight back to shore!

courtown xmas day

In fairness, most had a good splash and they did repeat the procedure three times! And some did swim. And then everyone climbed back into their warm cars or went back to the Tara Vie Hotel for something to warm them from the inside!





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3 Comments on “Courtown Christmas Day swim”

  1. thelonggardenpath
    December 26, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    Refreshments would have been well deserved!

  2. joy
    December 26, 2014 at 2:51 pm #

    wow looks great fun but no way would I brave that lol would have in my younger sillier days though

  3. Maria F.
    December 27, 2014 at 2:58 am #

    Nice tradition!

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