It began – properly structured and organised – in 1976 ,as a ‘fundraiser with a difference’ combined with the need to gain extra publicity for a situation which was then – as now – making world headlines . Those that sat down together in early September 1976 to tighten-up the then ‘hit-and-miss’ affair were a dedicated team who fully understood that to fail in their business would not only bring derision on them and the issue they sought to highlight , but would give their enemy a publicity coup which they would exploit to the fullest extent . With that in mind , the team persevered – favours were called-in , guarantees were secured , provisions obtained and word dispatched to like-minded individuals in the near-locale . At the appointed time on the agreed day – 12 Noon , Christmas Day 1976 – a soon-to-be 32-years-young event was ‘born’…….
The CABHAIR Christmas Day Swim is , thankfully , still going strong and will be , as mentioned , 32-years-young on December 25th next!
Photographs of last years event can be viewed here and , if you can’t make it to the actual swim itself , you might consider posting a donation to the following address (please note that all monies raised goes to the republican prisoners themselves and to their families – no expenses or admin fees etc are removed) :
Irish Republican Prisoners Dependants Fund
223 Parnell Street,
Go Raibh Maith Agat.