We don’t know who started the tradition of the Christmas Day Swim. But it has definitely become one of the most bracing ways to work up an appetite for Christmas Dinner.


Many of these events are raising money for worthy causes.  So grab the togs, rope in your mates and check out some of the Christmas Day swims on InspireMe.ie.



  • Get in, get out and warm up.
  • No alcohol before swimming.
  • Postpone or cancel if conditions are not favorable



Christmas Day Swim
Loughrea Icebreakers Christmas Day Swim

Salthill in aid of Cope

Loughrea in aid of CASA Loughrea



Inch Beach

Killarney in aid of Aware

Fenit in aid of  RNLI Fenit Lifeboats



Christmas Day Swim
Kinsale Lions Club Annual Christmas Day Swim

Inchydoney in aid of Fr. John Kingston and the Spiritan Mission to Mozambique

Cobh in aid of Cobh Hospital

Ballylickey for CHILDLINE.

Kinsale for the Kinsale Lions Club



Doonbeg in aid of Milford Hospice

Killaloe in aid of Brothers of Charity Adult Day Services Ballina/ Killaloe



Christmas Day Swim
Portmarnock Beach

Portmarnock Beach in aid of St Francis Hospice in Raheny and Aoibheanns Pink Tie.




Creevy Pier in aid of the North West Hospice and Motor Neurone Disease




Christmas Day Swim
Lough Arrow Christmas Day Swim

Lough Arrow in aid of the Northwest Hospice



Carrick-on-Shannon raising funds for the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, the National Council for the Blind and the Leitrim Talking Newspaper



Newtown and Guillaume Swimming Club, Tramore in aid of  Manor St John Youth Services

Dunmore East for Lady Lane House Retirement Services ( Meals on Wheels )



Bagenalstown in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare



Christmas DAy Swims
Youghalarra Christmas Swim

Youghalarra in aid of Lough derg sub aqua search and recovery Nenagh day care centre and third share is being halved between Nenagh ormond search unit and Youghalarra national school



But maybe you’re  the one cooking Christmas Dinner. Fear not! There are some Christmas Dips planned on either side of the 25th.  You’re going to have to think of a new excuse…..



The Marathon Man to Iron Man Santa Swim is taking place at Dublin’s 40 foot on Christmas Eve. Get it over with early.



Kilmore Quay for the Kilmore Quay RNLI is on Thursday the 28th


Finally, all of these events  are correct at the time of publishing.  However we recommend you check with the event organiser before you travel.


Featured image is from the Killarney Christmas Day Dip 2017 event page