Crowds have been taking part in charity swims around the country, despite the cold weather.

Hundreds braved the chill for charity in Salthill in Galway this morning to raise money for Cope Galway.

The charity provides services for the homeless in Galway and those affected by domestic violence.

Many others took the plunge in icy waters for good causes such as the RNLI as well as just for the fun of it.

Swimmers all over the country are being advised that conditions may be more hazardous than normal because of strong tidal streams and rip currents as a result of a full moon.

Swim in aid of RNLI at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club. Pic: Aurelia Deschamps

Santa arriving for the Christmas Day swim in Fenit, Co Kerry. Pic: Denis Moynihan

A colourful crowd turned out for the Caring and Sharing Association (CASA). Pic: Larry Morgan

St John Berchman's Life Saving Club Christmas Day Swim at the Bull Wall, Dublin

An enthusiastic crowd at the Bundoran swim (Pic: Shane Smyth)

At the 40 foot

Brave men braving the cold. Pic: Aurelia Deschamps

A colourful crowd turned out for the Caring and Sharing Association (CASA). Pic: Larry Morgan