Roger Sweeney, Marketing Manager

Christmas is a time of celebration. But it’s also a time of reflection. A time when we gather with our nearest and dearest, remember those who have passed and look forward to what next year might bring.


With shorter days and colder weather, we spend less time on the water although there are many charity swims that will be supported the length and breadth of the country. As winter weather sets in, we sometimes get a glimpse of the destructive power that waits in the waters around us and although most people think about water safety during the summer, at Irish Water Safety, we believe that this is the right time of year to shine a light on the 133 people who tragically lose their lives to drowning every year.

By being alert to the dangers, by learning swimming and life saving skills and by always wearing a life jacket on water, together we can bring this number down in 2017.

We have just launched a campaign that quite literally lights a candle for each of the 133 people who lose their lives in our seas, rivers and lakes; in water on our farms and sometimes even at home.

We’re asking people all over Ireland to keep their memory alive by both encouraging and practicing water safety. If we can all be more aware, it will save lives.