Video: Leinster stars, the Gardaí and a giant polar bear take an icy plunge for Special Olympics Ireland 7 years ago

Video: Leinster stars, the Gardaí and a giant polar bear take an icy plunge for Special Olympics Ireland

This will surely cheer you up on a miserable Thursday…

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Leinster Rugby and An Garda Síochána have teamed up to take an icy polar plunge this December in aid of Special Olympics Ireland and they want you take part as well…

Rugby players Dave Kearney, Collie O’Shea and Australian international Kane Douglas were on hand to support the launch of this unique event which will see plungers brave the icy waters at Clogherhead beach in Co Louth on Saturday 6 December.

As well as the plunge in Clogherhead beach, separate plunges will take place around the country in December and Special Olympics Ireland want you to get involved to take the dip in the icy water too. It is hoped that these plunges will raise thousands of euro for the charity.

In case you’re unsure as to what a polar plunge is, let us explain. The plunge is basically an alternative to the ice bucket challenge that helps raise money for Special Olympics Ireland with the help of the Gardaí, who will be supervising each plunge event.

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Registration costs €15 and plungers are asked to raise a minimum €50 which goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities through sport and competition. For more information log onto www.specialolympics.ie/polarplunge and the dates and locations of the other plunges are listed below…

Friday 5 December - 10am start time: Belfast International Airport.
Saturday 6 December – 11am start time: Clogherhead, Co Louth.
Saturday 6 December - 11am start time: Forty Foot, Sandycove, Co Dublin.
Sunday 7 December – 12 noon start time: UL Activity Centre, Killaloe, Co Clare.
Saturday 13 December – 11am start time: The Strand, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

Video via SpecialOlympicsIrl.