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Local women brave the water for Drogheda Women’s & Children’s Refuge

Deirdre Daly, Amy Brennan, Laura Frances , Pamela Brennan and Antonine Murphy pictured in International Women's Day. Photo Credit: David Stanley.

Almost €1,200 was raised for Drogheda Women’s & Children’s Refuge on Sunday as a group of regular swimmers at Bettystown beach came together to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The ladies, part of the SwimTribe group, took to the sea at sunrise on Sunday morning for a swim in the eight degree water. They money was all raised via their GoFundMe page which remains open here. SwimTribe is made up of a group of women from Bettystown, Laytown and Drogheda who meet daily to swim in the Irish Sea.


At present there is a community of 60 women in the group, formed last September, who swim daily throughout the winter. SwimTribe began with only a handful of ladies and has seen it’s numbers swell considerably in the time since.

On Sunday, over 40 women warmed up with founder Siobhan Woods before they took to the water. After the swim, the ladies enjoyed hot drinks and homemade treats on the beach.

Since it’s foundation in 1998, Drogheda Women’s & Children’s Refuge has offered a number of services to families who are being physically, emotionally, sexually or mentally abused in their own home. You can contact the refuge on 041 984 4550.

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