Video & Pictures: It’s been an all-action Christmas in Cork

Video & Pictures: It’s been an all-action Christmas in Cork
Joanne Crowley, Anna O' Keeffe and Martha O' Shea from Carrigaline Comhaltas who dressed as Straw Boys as part of the annual St Stephen's Day celebrations that was held in Carrigaline. Picture David Creedon

It was a busy Christmas around Cork city and county as thousands braved the elements on Christmas Day while others saved their energy for some early sales shopping.

Traditional Christmas Day swimmers were out in force across the county, with big crowds taking part in the Inchydoney and Myrtleville swims. Those events raised funds for Mozambique/Fr. John Kingston Mission and the Mercy Hospital Children's Leukaemia Unit respectively and were just two of many taking place.

Jo, Kate, Jennifer and Julie Ann Martin, Cork at the annual Christmas day swim at Myrtleville beach, Co Cork. Picture Dan Linehan
Jo, Kate, Jennifer and Julie Ann Martin, Cork at the annual Christmas day swim at Myrtleville beach, Co Cork. Picture Dan Linehan

On St Stephen’s Day, the attention shifted to the sales, with shoppers hitting the city early to grab a bargain.

Taking part in the Ballincollig GAA Poc Fada were (from left) Denise Cronin, Alison Coughlan and Ashley Lovett of Ballincollig Camogie Club.Picture Denis Minihane.
Taking part in the Ballincollig GAA Poc Fada were (from left) Denise Cronin, Alison Coughlan and Ashley Lovett of Ballincollig Camogie Club.Picture Denis Minihane.

Another person who arrived early was baby Freya from Farran, who was so keen to arrive at Christmas she caught parents Ed Long and Karen Kellegher by surprise.

Freya was born at home at 2am on Christmas morning, with the help of the Domino midwife scheme.

Pictured at the swim at Coolmain beach were local girls. Kate Westcott, Rachel O'Mahony and Zoe O'Mahony. Picture Boyle Photography
Pictured at the swim at Coolmain beach were local girls. Kate Westcott, Rachel O'Mahony and Zoe O'Mahony. Picture Boyle Photography

"Freya decided that Christmas Day was the day that she was going to arrive into the world and did it a bit faster than her mammy and daddy expected," said proud dad Ed.

Santa pays a visit to CUH Children's Ward on Christmas Day. Evelyn O'Connor from Waterfall with her sons Aaron (11), Cillian (5) and Davaid (9) pose for a picture with Santa. Pic: Brian Lougheed
Santa pays a visit to CUH Children's Ward on Christmas Day. Evelyn O'Connor from Waterfall with her sons Aaron (11), Cillian (5) and Davaid (9) pose for a picture with Santa. Pic: Brian Lougheed

The first baby born in the CUMH on Christmas morning was a little boy, Darragh, born to mum Anise Moynihan from Newtownshandrum at eleven minutes past midnight.

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