Dozens of Gardai and soldiers joined members of the public this morning to brave the freezing waters of Lough Swilly!

Many people dressed up for the polar plunge, with Frosty the Snowman making an appearance!

Many gardai and soldiers donned their uniform for the occasion!

Participants raised a staggering €6,000 for the Special Olympics.

Proceeds will be given directly to the Irish Special Olympics team who will make the journey to Austria next week for the winter games.

The Ryan family, finalists in RTE’s hit tv show ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’ also took the plunge, along with former Irish Olympic marathon runner Danny McDaid.

Seamus Campbell of the Donegal branch of Special Olympics Ireland revealed how they managed to raise around €6,000 from today’s event.

“It was a great day and a lot of people came out to support us. It was freezing but we had a great occasion. So many people helped out in so many ways.

“It took a lot of courage to jump into the sea at this time of the year but it was for a great cause and it will go directly to our athletes competing in Austria soon,” he said.

As well as soldiers from the 28th Infantry Battalion at Finner Camp, Gardai from Milford, Rathmullan and Letterkenny also took part as well as the Mulroy Coastguard and the Sheephaven Sub-Aqua Club.

Food was supplied by Dougal’s Pizza, Coffee Time and Rathmullan House, Belle’s Kitchen sponsored the best-dressed prize while local man Cormac Fegan did an excellent job as compere for the day.