The frigid waters of Lough MacNean in Blacklion was the scene for the annual Christmas Day Icebreakers swim.

25 swimmers took place and braved the chilly temperatures as the event raised funds for The Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland.

Sean Nolan, one of the organisers of the swim, said he was delighted with the event which is now in its 26th year and was glad to see some new faces braving the cold water for the Alzheimer’s charity.

“We are delighted with the way it went. There were a number of new faces there this year with different people being affected by Alzheimer’s.”

Sean paid tribute to all those who took part or donated and encouraged anybody who wants to take part next year to get on board for what is always a great event on Christmas Day.

He paid particular tribute to Kathleen Richey from Blacklion who has been involved in swimming in the area for nearly 50 years with many of her former students taking part in the Icebreaker’s event.

Hot drinks were heartily welcomed after the swim to warms those in attendance.

In a change the Icebreakers also received donations online with any donations over €5 going into a draw with the chance to win a Sunday lunch for two in Mac Nean House, a photoshoot with Nolan Media, a £40 voucher for Eden Hairdressing and a Christmas Hamper.

The winner was chosen on New Year’s Eve, with the winner Claire Greenan getting 2020 off to a fantastic start.

Donations can still be made online by visiting the MacNean Icebreakers Facebook page for details.