The Forty Foot and Christmas Morning

It is traditional to swim in the sea on Christmas morning. This is often done in aid of charity. The Forty Foot is a traditional venue for this where hundreds brave the cold temperatures and jump into the sea. The Forty Foot is a promontory on the southern tip of Dublin Bay at Sandycove, Co Dublin, from which people have been swimming in the Irish Sea all year round for some 250 years.


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  1. the Cabhair Swim, will be taking place – for the 41st consecutive year – on Christmas Day, at 12 Noon, at the 3rd Lock of the Grand Canal in Inchicore, Dublin. The ‘Cabhair Crew’ have, as always, gratefully received all the donations from local and near-by shops, pubs and supermarkets etc and this blog can verify that all the usual ‘goodies’ will be available – we’ve seen dozens of cans, bottles, boxes of crisps, boxes of Christmas crackers, tubs of assorted sweets etc ; guaranteed, as always, to put adults and kids alike off their dinner that afternoon/evening! So if you’re in the area on Christmas morning and/or early afternoon, and if you, too, want to get a bollocking for not being able to eat your dinner, then do, please, join us for the Swim

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