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Description by Outdoor Swimming Society on behalf of Outdoor Swimming Society

The Forty Foot Christmas Day Swim, Sandycove, Co Dublin

No specific time, but a Dublin friend advises around 11am – “after the breakfast has been digested and before the first brandy”.

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.

Description by Garry Walsh who added this swim

Wonderful sheltered cove, great for the kids when the tide is halfway in/out because of the sandy bottom. Great sandcastle building ;-)

There is a very good swim from here to the Forty Foot around the point or via verse depending on the wind.

You can have the option of swimming or walking back :-)

Great local swimmers, some of the nicest people you'll meet.

Can be busy in the summer and parking is limited.
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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 :-)

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