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VIDEO: Dublin, Cork and Galway stars 'get freezin' for a reason' by taking polar plunge

The ‘polar plunge’ aims to raise money for Special Olympics Ireland.

Dublin's Dean Rock, Sinead Finnegan, Jason Sherlock and Denis Bastick.
Dublin's Dean Rock, Sinead Finnegan, Jason Sherlock and Denis Bastick.

SOME OF THE GAA’s best known stars have joined forces with Special Olympics Ireland, calling on people to get ‘freezin’ for a reason’ next month and take the Polar Plunge for the charity.

Dublin’s All Ireland winners Dean Rock and Denis Bastick, along with Cork champs Briege Corkery, Rena Buckley and Bríd Stack, are just some of the big name players to take the icy plunge for Special Olympics.

Their efforts should help to help promote sign-ups for the fundraising event which will take place in locations around Ireland on Saturday 12 December and in Cork city on Saturday 5 December.

Rock, Bastick, former Dublin ace Jason Sherlock and the county’s newly-crowned Ladies football Allstar Sinead Finnegan were all on hand to help launch the event at the Forty Foot in Sandycove.

Source: Marc O'Sullivan/Vimeo

To encourage people to get in the mood for plunging, all four braved the elements at the bathing area, along with Special Olympics athlete Keith Butler from Walkinstown in Dublin, who won gold in the 800-metre freestyle event at the recent World Summer Games in Los Angeles. 

In Cork, dual stars Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley were joined by football teammate Bríd Stack for their icy dip at Inchydoney Island along with the Special Olympics polar bear. 

Also present at the recent Cork launch were local members of Special Olympics’ Team Ireland who competed at the Los Angeles Games.

Gymnast Aoife O’Sullivan, who trains with Owenabue Special Olympics Club, and Colm Monahan from Ballincollig Special Olympics Club cheered on the brave plungers as they took on their plunge to help promote the Cork city Polar Plunge.

polar 1 Source: Marc O'Sullivan

In Galway, it was the turn of senior football captain Paul Conroy and his teammates Danny Cummins and Finian Hanley. They were joined by ladies county stars Annette Clarke and Olivia Divilly.

Special Olympics Ireland has partnered with the Gaelic Players Association and the Women’s Gaelic Players Association to help promote the events.

You can sign up today here

Registration costs €15 and plungers are asked to raise an additional €35 which goes directly to supporting athletes with intellectual disabilities. Plungers who raise more than €50 will also receive a complimentary ‘Ice Cool’ Polar Plunge t-shirt. 

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