You don’t have to be a card carrying naturist to enjoy the nudist lifestyle
“I’ve never done this before”. “I’m somewhat out of my comfort zone”. Probably the two most frequent opening lines we hear when people make enquiries to the Irish Naturist Association.
What motivates people to get in touch with us? Curiosity, most certainly. You might have read an article in the newspapers about naked yoga on Dublin beaches; you might have listened to some enthusiastic naturism lover on the radio recently, or you may have been forwarded, perhaps in jest by a friend, one of our posts on social media.
It has whetted your appetite, but you don’t know what to expect. Naturism in Ireland? Surely that’s something that Irish people only practice abroad on sun kissed Mediterranean beaches? But… do people even do this in Ireland? And, more importantly, is it legal? Yes, it is, says the Irish Naturist Association on its website.
This being Ireland, you’re probably thinking about our national obsession – the weather. You can understand the appeal of stripping off when the mercury edges into the high twenties or thirties Centigrades. But that’s a rare event in this part of the world.
Those who have ‘braved’ the elements here may once have been equally circumspect, but now tend to have a different perspective. “I would never have pictured myself going naked anywhere in Ireland if the temperature was under 20ºC ten years ago”, says one of the event organisers of the association. “We tend to be so pre-conditioned by the inclement weather that you would never believe you could do this even on a sunny September day. Until you try it and realise just how refreshing it is.”
“Honestly, once you are either swimming or walking on the beach, you don’t feel uncomfortable. Quite the opposite in fact, it’s invigorating”, agrees another INA member.
Original publication 23 October, 2020
Posted on NatCorn 27th October 2020
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