A host of plucky swimmers across Ireland started their Christmas Day with a chilly dip in the sea.
The water temperature in Belfast Lough was estimated to be around seven degrees and choppy waves greeted the Brompton Belles and Beaux as they braved the dip in Bangor, Co Down.
However, there was hot chocolate and mulled wine along with mince pies and shortbread to warm up afterward.
At Sandycove in Dublin, cross channel swimmer Patrick Corkery was among those taking the dip.
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