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Published 24/12/2015

Andrew Kernaghan takes the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Andrew Kernaghan takes the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Angela and Megan McClements ready to take the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Swimmers ready to take the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Carnlough annual swim. Rachelle Rooney from Cullybackey poses for the cameras. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Carnlough annual swim. Angela McClements poses for the cameras. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton.
Swimmers take the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Swimmers take the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Carnlough annual swim. Megan McClements takes the plunge at the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Carnlough annual swim. Megan McClements takes the plunge at the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Swimmers take the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Angela McClements takes the plunge at the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Angela McClements takes the plunge at the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Carnlough annual swim. Blaze and Jill Lambert take the plunge at the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Swimmers take the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Participants take part in the Broadstairs New Year's Day dip in Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Wesley Johnson/PA Wire
Participants take part in the Broadstairs New Year's Day dip in Kent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Wesley Johnson/PA Wire
People take part in the New Years Day's Whitley Bay dip in Northumberland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
People take part in the New Years Day's Whitley Bay dip in Northumberland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
People take part in the New Years Day's Whitley Bay dip in Northumberland. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Swimmers take to the Solent as they take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers enjoy a warm shower after taking part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers make their way out of the Solent after taking part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers take to the Solent as they take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers take to the Solent as they take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers take to the Solent as they take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers take to the Solent as they take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers take to the Solent as they take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Swimmers take to the Solent as they take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The foot of a men taking part in a new year's swimming event looks out of the water as he swims through a canal in Seelze near Hanover, central Germany, on January 1, 2016. / AFP / dpa / Julian Stratenschulte / Germany OUTJULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the public look on as swimmers take part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim in Gosport, Hampshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
People race into the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People splash around in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress splash around in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress splash around in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress get ready to race into the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People splash around in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A man falls down in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress get ready to race into the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress race into the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress splash around in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People get ready to race into the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
People in fancy dress splash around in the sea at Barry Island, near Cardiff in Wales, where the annual New Year's Day swim is taking place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday January 1, 2016. See PA story SOCIAL NewYear Swims. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
A man wearing a Christmas hat swims during the traditional New Year's jump into the Adriatic sea in Portoroz, on January 1, 2016. / AFP / JURE MAKOVECJURE MAKOVEC/AFP/Getty Images
Carnlough annual swim. Blaze and Jill Lambert take the plunge at the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
Swimmers take the plunge in the annual New Year's Day swim at Carnlough harbour. Picture:Presseye /Stephen Hamilton
On the run at a Christmas Dip at East Strand Beach in Portrush in aid of Chest Heart and Stroke on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON. Dec 2015
Swimmers at the Whitley Bay New Year's Day Dip at the Panama Swimming Club's annual fundraising event at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. Jan 2015
Enjoying a Christmas Dip at East Strand Beach in Portrush in aid of Chest Heart and Stroke on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON. Dec 2015
Loving the waves at a Christmas Dip at East Strand Beach in Portrush in aid of Chest Heart and Stroke on Sunday.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON. Dec 2015
Swimmers at the Whitley Bay New Year's Day Dip at the Panama Swimming Club's annual fundraising event at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. Jan 2015
Making there way to the beach in Portrush in aid of Cgest Heart and Stroke.PICTURE MARK JAMIESON. Dec 2015
Swimmers at the Whitley Bay New Year's Day Dip at the Panama Swimming Club's annual fundraising event at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear. Jan 2015
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day swim at Carnlough Harbour Josh McCrory from Ballymena appears to be walking on water as he takes the plunge Jan 2015
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day swim at Carnlough Harbour Laura Marshall and Niamh McKinley dressed in festive costume for the swim. Pacemaker Press Int. 01-01-15
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day swim at Carnlough Harbour Eddie and Scott Gilmore from Ballymena show their delight after completing the swim. Pacemaker Press Int. 01-01-15
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day swim at Carnlough Harbour One of the swim's greatest characters Angela McClements shows her superwoman powers as she jumps off the harbour wall. Pacemaker Press Int. 01-01-15
Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus New Year's Day swim at Carnlough Harbour Superwoman Megan McClements makes a suitably spectacular entrance. Pacemaker Press Int. 01-01-15
Swimmers make their way out of the Solent after taking part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim at Gosport in Hampshire.
Swimmers make their way out of the Solent after taking part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim at Gosport in Hampshire.
Swimmers make their way out of the Solent after taking part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim at Gosport in Hampshire.
A swimmer dressed as a shark makes her way out of the Solent after taking part in the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim at Gosport in Hampshire
Swimmers are lead down the slipway towards the Solent before the start of the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service Annual New Year's Day Swim at Gosport in Hampshire.
Swimmers at the Whitley Bay New Year's Day Dip at the Panama Swimming Club's annual fundraising event at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear.
A swimmer dives in the water at Clevedon Marina, where dozens of people are taking part in a New Year's Day swim at the Victorian seaside town in North Somerset.
A swimmer dives in the water at Clevedon Marina, where dozens of people are taking part in a New Year's Day swim at the Victorian seaside town in North Somerset.
A swimmer dives in the water at Clevedon Marina, where dozens of people are taking part in a New Year's Day swim at the Victorian seaside town in North Somerset.
Sisters Fiona Killen (left) and Katie Verdon take part in a Christmas Day swim on Low Rock beach in Portmarnock, Dublin.
Sisters Fiona Killen (left) and Katie Verdon take part in a Christmas Day swim on Low Rock beach in Portmarnock, Dublin.
Sisters Fiona Killen (left) and Katie Verdon take part in a Christmas Day swim on Low Rock beach in Portmarnock, Dublin.
People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.
People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.
People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.
People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.
People in fancy dress to take part in the annual White Christmas Dip at Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth to raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally.
Swimmers of the Serpentine Swimming Club line up for the start of the Peter Pan Cup race, which is held every Christmas Day at the Serpentine, in central London.
Fundraisers take part in a fancy dress Boxing Day dip in the Firth of Forth at Leven, to raise money for children's charity CLIC Sargent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Fundraisers take part in a fancy dress Boxing Day dip in the Firth of Forth at Leven, to raise money for children's charity CLIC Sargent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Els Payne from Bristol takes part in a fancy dress Boxing Day dip in the Firth of Forth at Leven, to raise money for children's charity CLIC Sargent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Fundraisers take part in a fancy dress Boxing Day dip in the Firth of Forth at Leven, to raise money for children's charity CLIC Sargent. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 26, 2014. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
A swimmer takes part in the Peter Pan Cup race, which is held every Christmas Day by members of the Serpentine Swimming Club at the Serpentine, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 25, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Swimmers leave the water after taking part in the Peter Pan Cup race, which is held every Christmas Day by members of the Serpentine Swimming Club at the Serpentine, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 25, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Swimmers of the Serpentine Swimming Club line up for the start of the Peter Pan Cup race, which is held every Christmas Day at the Serpentine, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 25, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Swimmers leave the water after taking part in the Peter Pan Cup race, which is held every Christmas Day by members of the Serpentine Swimming Club at the Serpentine, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 25, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Swimmers leave the water after taking part in the Peter Pan Cup race, which is held every Christmas Day by members of the Serpentine Swimming Club at the Serpentine, in central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 25, 2014. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Father Christmas has begun his epic journey from pole to pole and back again - delivering presents to every home in between, from Belfast to Boston and Moscow to Manchester. Find out where he is right now with Santa tracker.

Before he set off several hours ago, Father Christmas issued a reminder to young 'uns around the world to hit the sack early and remember to hang out your stockings. Most important of all - no getting out of bed if you hear bells jingling or hooves tapping.

The Santa Tracker programme began when on December 24 1955 a Sears department store placed an advert in a a Colorado Springs newspaper which invited young readers to contact Santa.

Unfortunately they printed the wrong number, directing people instead to the number for Colorado Springs' Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Centre.

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The colonel who was on duty that night - Harry Shoup - instructed his staff to give all the children who called a "current location" for Santa Claus, and hence the tradition began. It continued when Norad replaced Conad in 1958.

Microsoft and Norad, as well as Google, are offering Santa trackers this year.

Google’s site, which allows children to learn to code while they are waiting, has been overhauled this year. It includes special illustrations and games that allow children to take part in colouring in challenges or dress up elves.

The map also allows children to track different holiday traditions around the world.

Google’s tracker is available on its own website, and has an Android app. The site and app will keep getting updated through the month, as Christmas approaches.

The Norad tracker is this year marking the 60th year that the US Department of Defense organisation has been tracking Santa. The service began on the phone but has since moved to a slick website that is built with Microsoft.

The tracking will begin in the early morning of 24 December, at the Norad site, but it is already showing a countdown and other information. The Norad site will start streaming videos then as well as allowing people to watch Santa as he flies around the world.

In the US, people can call into a number to get more information about where Santa is, or email noradtrackssanta@outlook.com, in a process akin to the phone call that began the system 60 years ago.

The site is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Chinese.

Magical day as children visit Santa's Lapland home

Amanda Ferguson joined the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland Trust and some very deserving children on a trip to visit Father Christmas at home.

The broad smiles on their little faces said it all.

More than 100 of Northern Ireland's most special children have made the magical journey to Lapland to visit Father Christmas at home.

Terminally ill, life-limited and other deserving children were treated to a day trip to remember courtesy of the Northern Ireland Children to Lapland and Days to Remember Trust (NICLT).

On December 16, at a cost of nearly £250,000, the children, their families and medical teams, were flown from Belfast to the Arctic Circle to meet the man himself, and take part in winter wonderland events and snow-based activities, including husky and reindeer rides. Among the medical staff was Warren McCue, a doctor in Causeway Hospital in Coleraine, who has just completed his paediatrics course.

"This is my first trip to Lapland with the Northern Trust and charity," he said.

"We had a great time on the plane and everything has been really well run.

"The kids have been loving it. You could see their wee faces light up. Meeting Santa has been very exciting for them."

Broadcaster Gerry Kelly, an NICLT trustee, was thrilled the seventh trip to Santa's home ran smoothly.

"It has been one of the most successful years for us in terms of fundraising," he said.

"Each year it costs more and more to bring the kids here and each year it gets tougher to get the money together, but we have had a huge response from people across Northern Ireland and for that we are eternally grateful. We can't sit on our laurels. We have next year to plan plus events over the summer so would appeal to people to join us in fundraising."

The charity was set up by Larne man Jack Rodgers in 2008 and since then hundreds of children have shared this unique experience that creates memories for families to cherish. Last night, Jack, who received an MBE from the Queen two years ago for his work, told the Belfast Telegraph the people of Northern Ireland "have again stunned us with their generosity".

"People supporting us throughout the year have helped make dreams come true for some of our truly most deserving children," he said. "We had a wonderful time in Lapland and hope to make more dreams come true for other children throughout the year who cannot withstand the journey to Lapland or who sadly will not be with us next Christmas."

  • To make a donation or for more information visit http://www.niclt.org

What the children made of it all

Cormac Lennon (18), who has Down's syndrome, and his cousin and carer Margo Brannigan, from Galbally, Co Tyrone, had a brilliant day.

Margo said: "Cormac was meant to go two years ago, but he was sick and last year he was away. He was offered the trip again this year and he has just loved it. He enjoyed every second of meeting Santa."

Cormac said: "I told him [Santa] I had been a very good boy. I love Christmas."

Bronagh Murphy and her son Harry Farrell (5), from Portadown, thoroughly enjoyed their day with Santa.

Bronagh said: "Harry has a congenital heart defect, which means only half the heart is able to pump blood around the body. He has had three open-heart surgeries to date and he is doing well.

"Today has been excellent. So cool, brilliant for the kids. He has been on Angry Birds and a magic train ride."

Teresa Warwick and her daughter Ellie (9), from Belfast, enjoyed decorating gingerbread in Lapland and playing in the snow.

Teresa said: "Ellie was very ill at the start of the year. She had appendicitis and was given 24 hours to live. She has had a tough year."

Ellie said: "I went to Elf School, met Santa and made a cookie to take home. I told Santa I had been good this year and wanted a laptop. That would be good."

Yvette McClean, from Ballymena, and her son Ethan (7), who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, braved the -13 temperatures to see Santa's huskies and reindeer.

Yvette said: "Today has been absolutely amazing. The charity is fantastic."

Ethan said: "I saw the huskies outside. It was cold. They were good. Santa was good. I would like Santa to bring me Lego Dimensions. Santa's house is good. Everything about it is good."

And here are some seasonal jokes

What does Santa say to the toys on Christmas Eve?

Okay everyone, sack time!

Why does Santa like to work in his garden?

Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe!

What do you call a kitty on the beach on Christmas morning?

Sandy Claws!

Who delivers presents to dentist offices?

Santa Jaws!

Who delivers Christmas presents to elephants?

Elephanta Claus!

What do you get if Santa comes down the chimney while the fire is still burning?

Crisp Kringle!

Why does St. Nicholas have a white beard?

So he can hide at the North Pole!

What do you call Santa when he has no money?

Saint "Nickel"-less!

What smells most in a chimney?

Santa's nose!

What does Kris Kringle like to get when he goes to the donut shop?

A jolly roll!

What do you call someone who doesn't believe in Father Christmas?

A rebel without a Claus!

What is invisible but smells like milk and cookies?

Kris Kringle burps!

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