Description by Kate Rew on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society
Description by Garry Walsh who added this swim
People flock to this famous and beautiful spot and queue up to leap into what James Joyce described as the ‘scrotum tightening’ Irish sea every Christmas Day. It’s not an organised event, just turn up, strip off, and go for it. The Forty Foot Christmas Day Swim at Sandycove, Co Dublin, has no specific start time, but a Dublin friend advises around 11am – “after the breakfast has been digested and before the first brandy”.
This is a crowd-sourced map. Abilities vary, and conditions change. Always assess risks for yourself before getting in.
Fairly safe, there is a lifeguard station open during the summer. Unless you dive into very low water or the tide going out near the end of the piers.There isn't too much danger, apart from crowds, too much sun or trying to park :-)