Ballycuggaran, Lough Derg

Trade in your pyjamas for togs this Christmas morning

Thousands of festive swimmers will take the plunge on Christmas Day. The increasingly popular seasonal tradition will see beaches, coastal rocks and lake shores along the west coast packed with brave bathers. In many cases, these swims raise money for various charities. But, apart from the fundraising, these swims provide an extremely exciting spin on Christmas Day.


Bundoran, Co Donegal

The 2019 Christmas Day Swim in Bundoran will be at 12.15pm on December 25th on Main Beach. The event is organised each year by Ken Page of Page’s Cafe and held to fundraise for Ozanam House/St Vincent De Paul. It is now a staple event in the calendar and indeed for Christmas Day!

Galway Swim

Galway Bay, Co Galway

The annual Cope Galway Christmas swim raises funds to support the homeless and vulnerable people in Galway. The swim will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Blackrock, Salthill.

Lough Lannagh, Castlebar, Co Mayo

Due to the extremely low temperatures of these waters, this swim is not for the faint of heart! Join in the queue to jump off the dock into the frigid waters, and come out with a bit of a shock to your system.

Lough Derg, County Clare

The annual Christmas swim is held at the Twomilegate at 12.30 pm on Christmas Day.


This annual charity swim raises much-needed funds for the MS North West Therapy Centre. The swim takes place from Rosses Point Yacht Club at 12 noon.

25 Dec, Rosses Point, Co Sligo. Find out more here.


Kilkee is a swimmer’s utopia. Its Pollock Holes are natural deep pools that replenish each time the tide recedes. Newfy (or Newfoundout as it’s officially called), has two diving boards which Richard Harris used to frequent. The annual Christmas Day swim is on Kilkee Beach at 12.30pm in aid of Kilkee Sub Aqua Club’s search-and-recovery activities. 25 Dec, Kilkee, Co Clare. You can find out more here.

Leitrim Swim


Join the annual Leitrim Ice Breakers Christmas swims in Carrick- on-Shannon and Ballinamore.
The first dip of the day will take place at Garadice Lake at 12.30pm, followed by another at the slipway next to Emerald Star in Carrick at 1.30pm, after 12 o’clock mass.


Pic credit for lead image of Ballycuggaran, Lough Derg by Patrick Bolger