Polar plunge in place of Paddy’s parade in Naas

Poplar Square, Naas.                   Photo Tony Keane.
There’s no St . Patrick’s Day parade in Naas but that doesn’t mean the town will be devoid of fun. The postponed Special Olympic Polar Plunge, called off last month because of stormy weather conditions, takes place on March 17.

There’s no St . Patrick’s Day parade in Naas but that doesn’t mean the town will be devoid of fun. The postponed Special Olympic Polar Plunge, called off last month because of stormy weather conditions, takes place on March 17.

Members of the Kildare senior football team as well as local gardai will take part by jumping into a freezing outdoor water pool at Poplar Square between 10am and 4pm.

“Poor weather conditions meant it was called off for health and safety reasons,” said fundraising coordinator Marianne Rowan and she is asking Naas people to support the event which takes place between 10am and 4pm.

The event is set to raise €6,000 for Special Olympic Leinster and it’s hoped that this can rise to €10,000.

The Special Olympics organisation is a sports charity supporting those with an intellectual disability.

The polar plunge was launched by Kildare senior football team manager Jason Ryan with Garda superintendent Ian Lackey and Kildare players Emmet Bolton, Emmet Fogarty and Padraig Fogarty. Anne Murray chairperson of Naas Special Olympic club wants as many people as possible to make the first Paddy’s Day Polar Plunge in Naas “a memorable experience.”Those taking part are asked to raise a minimum of €50 and once you register on www.specialolympics.ie you receive a sponsorship pack. Those taking part can wear what they like - swimsuit, uniform, fancy dress, shorts and t-shirt but not wetsuits.

The water will be very cold but the organisers will have lots of hot drinks and some food.The participants will be in the water for a minute or so and the for those doing it only once it will take 20-30 minutes of their time.