When and where: Cork Christmas charity swims and fun runs

When and where: Cork Christmas charity swims and fun runs
Running into the water for the Christmas Day swim at Inchydoney beach, Co. Cork, in aid of Mozambique/Fr. John Kingston Mission.Picture Denis Minihane.

'Tis the season of goodwill and getting active on Christmas Day to raise funds for a worthwhile cause is a growing trend with swims and runs organised all across the county and country.

Some of the swimmers who braved a swim last Christmas.
Some of the swimmers who braved a swim last Christmas.

From the Ballincollig parkrun to the Myrtleville charity swim, Christmas Day will see hundreds of Corkonians and their family and friends getting out and about on the most wonderful day of the year.

The Ballincollig parkrun takes place at the usual time of 9.30am and the Myrtleville charity swim takes place between 10.30am and 11.30am.

This Christmas marks the 38th year of the GOAL Mile, which is one of Ireland’s largest and longest-running annual fundraising events.

Running into the cold water for the Christmas Day swim at Myrtleville, Co. Cork. Picture Denis Minihane.
Running into the cold water for the Christmas Day swim at Myrtleville, Co. Cork. Picture Denis Minihane.

In Cork there will be three GOAL Mile events, in Donerail Park from 10am to 12pm, CIT, Bishopstown from 10.30am to 12pm and St Catherine’s GAA from 10.30am to 12pm.

Ballincollig will be having a parkrun on Christmas Day. Picture Dan Linehan
Ballincollig will be having a parkrun on Christmas Day. Picture Dan Linehan

Anyone along the west coast who wants to swim on Christmas Day can surely make their way to one of the many organised swims taking place in West Cork.

In Schull, there is an organised charity swim that is in its 39th year. The Christmas Day dip takes place at 12pm and raises funds for the Cope Foundation.

At Whitebay, Trabolgan, there is a Cork Simon swim that raises funds for the organisation. The swim kicks off at 12pm.

Garretstown beach is also playing host to a chilly dip this Christmas supporting Down Syndrome Centre Cork and Fundraising for Jayden.

This swim has a 11.30am kick-off.

A group enjoying a Christmas Dip! Picture Denis Minihane.
A group enjoying a Christmas Dip! Picture Denis Minihane.

In Inchydoney, Clonakilty, there is another Christmas morning swim from 11am, this time in aid of Spiritan Mission to Mozambique.

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