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Why are we so embarrassed about nudity? It’s the ultimate body celebration

Naturism taught me not to be ashamed of my body, the president of the Irish Naturist Association writes.

Like other Irish people my age, I was brought up in a conservative society.

There were rules of decency to live by, and any group deemed to be outside the social norm – members of the LGBT communities, hippies and people with different faiths – were very often looked upon with disdain.

I carried these kind of conservative views with me into adulthood. Taught to fear my body and alternative ways of life, I never imagined I would eventually come to embrace naturism.

Why are we so embarrassed about nudity?
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Appreciating nudity

I began to appreciate the benefits of a naturist lifestyle much later on in life, once my wife and I had children. Every June, we holidayed in a caravan by the south east coast.

The weather was often sunny during these breaks and the nearby beach was usually deserted, especially during weekdays. After swims, I would take my soggy togs off under my windcheater, enjoying that exhilarating feeling of the sun and air on my bare body.

Gradually, I became braver and, when no-one else was in sight, often ventured to the water naked, hiding back under my windcheater when others appeared.

I enjoyed the experience so much that I started only visiting very quiet beaches, so I could feel the water all over my naked skin without disturbance.

To my surprise, there were other like-minded people who enjoyed the freedom of a clothes-free lifestyle.

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Source: theJournal

Original publication 30 July, 2015

Posted on NatCorn 2 weeks ago

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Naked bathers want to ‘piggyback’ on Wild Atlantic Way’s success

Changes to legislation in 2017 mean it is not an offence to be naked in public and there have been calls to make traditional ‘nudist’ beaches around West Cork officially recognised

WEST Cork should be tapping into the ‘naked euro’ by providing signage and officially recognising many of the secluded ‘unofficial’ nudist beaches dotted along the region’s coast.

That’s the view of Stephen Bolton,  spokesperson for the Irish Naturist Association, who said that by aligning these beaches with the Wild Atlantic Way (WAW) route it would bring a different element to the tourist mix, while also boosting tourists numbers in the area.

Calls have been made for West Cork’s many nudist beaches to be signposted on the Wild Atlantic Way route including Long Strand and Sands Cove
Ciara Patricia Langan Calls have been made for West Cork’s many nudist beaches to be signposted on the Wild Atlantic Way route including Long Strand and Sands Cove

West Cork boasts several beaches that have been attracting naturists for decades with some of the more popular including Dunny Cove, Sands Cove, Long Strand in the Clonakilty area, and Prison Cove in Glandore.

‘I have been down to Clonakilty three or four times over the past number of years. They are traditional naturist beaches and have been for decades, and it’s all locally known,’ Stephen told The Southern Star.

‘We are trying to piggyback on the WAW – which has been a masterclass in marketing – and if we could get a couple of pinpoint markers on their online interaction maps showing people where to go, it would be great. Obviously it’s locally known, but many tourists who happen to be naturists would not have that vital local knowledge.’

Changes to legislation in 2017 mean it is not an offence to be naked in public and it is only deemed an offence when someone is intending to cause offence, fear, or engages in sexual activity.

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Source: The Southern Star

Original publication 15 February, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 2 weeks ago

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Naturists: Cork could be Ireland’s ‘nude capital’

NATURISTS are calling on politicians to make Cork Ireland’s “nude capital” in a move they say will greatly boost our tourist economy.

Stephen Bolton, a spokesperson for the Irish Naturist Association, said they had previously lobbied politicians in Dublin in the hope of introducing signs for historically renowned naturist beaches. However, their requests were shut down amid objections from local businesses.

Stephen now hopes that Cork will live up to its name as a “rebel county” by putting naturism on the map.

Naturist Stephen Bolton during a recent trip to a West Cork beach. He says that with naturism there needs to be a certain level of privacy
David Hegarty Naturist Stephen Bolton during a recent trip to a West Cork beach. He says that with naturism there needs to be a certain level of privacy

New Irish laws, similar to those in the UK, recently loosened restrictions on public nudity. This means that the act of exposing oneself is not illegal unless it causes distress to another person.

While there are currently no officially designated nude beaches in Cork, Stephen says there are a number of beaches in West Cork that have been known to attract nude bathers. They include the eastern and western sides of Clonakilty Bay, Dunowen, Dunny Cove, Sandscove, and Prison Cove in Glandore.

Stephen pointed out that signage in these type of areas would not only serve as a warning to those offended by nudity but attract more tourists as well.

“Dublin failed in that regard but Cork has an open attitude,” he said. “A lot of the time politicians tend to do what they’re told by business owners. These spots in Cork are local knowledge but signs would highlight them for tourists. These beaches have been here for decades, maybe even centuries. This will just highlight what makes them unique.”

A number of Cork leisure centres have facilitated bookings for the group’s private naked swims. However, Stephen said that many business owners are still coming around to the idea.

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Source: EchoLive

Original publication 16 January, 2020

Posted on NatCorn 9th February 2020

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NUMBERS BARE UP Irish naturists getting kit off during heatwave weather with ‘nude meet-up’ at Dublin’s Hawk Cliff
IRISH naturists let it all hang out as they lap up the heatwave and declared: “Come and join us.”

The buff lovers gave the boiling weather the bum’s rush by getting their kit off by the sea.

Our pictures show members of the Irish Naturist Association holding a “nude meet-up” yesterday [22 July 2019] at Hawk Cliff in posh Dalkey, south Dublin.

With the country set for more sweltering sunshine today, nudie bosses stressed the importance of suncream as temperatures soared to 26°C.

INA members let it all hang out
INA members let it all hang out

And speaking to the Irish Sun last night, INA president Pat Gallagher told how they have been blessed with their bare share of new members recently — and insisted they would welcome new more recruits.

He said: “We hold events across the country on a regular basis and everyone is welcome.

“When you get the good weather, you always seem to attract the numbers.

“Our membership has been increasing in recent times. There are more and more events across the country.

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Source: The Irish Sun

Original publication 23 Jul 2019

Posted on NatCorn 26th July 2019

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Plans for Ireland’s first official nudist beach given bum’s rush following objections from residents
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was about to erect public notices at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey to warn people of potential nude bathers

Plans for Ireland’s first official naturist-friendly beach have been given the bum’s rush following objections from residents, we have now learned.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was about to erect public notices at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Co Dublin, to warn others about seeing bathers in the buff.

There had been plans to make the area naturist-friendly
There had been plans to make the area naturist-friendly Garrett White - The Sun

But our revelations led to a flurry of complaints including a petition signed by 33 locals opposed to the becoming a “Nudist Friendly Area”.

As a result, the plans have now stalled as officials wish to get the views of councillors “before any further action”.

Irish Naturist Association chief Pat Gallagher had hailed the move as a “milestone for Ireland”, saying: “Every other country in Europe has these kind of signs.”

The signage — to forewarn about seeing punters wandering about starkers — came as a shock to the community who were not informed of the move. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Irish Sun

Original publication 11th November 2018

Posted on NatCorn 19th November 2018

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Man fined for naked sunbathing in Ballymahon on hottest day of the year

A 57 year-old man has been fined for sunbathing naked in Ballymahon on what he claims was the hottest day of the year.

Glen Wrather, who is originally from Leeds in England, appeared before a recent sitting of Longford District Court.

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Longford Court

Longford Court heard that Glen Wrather was sunbathing in a communal area of Thomond Court, an apartment complex in Ballymahon on the 6th July last.

He told his solicitor Brid Mimnagh that it was 31 degrees on the day in question – one of the hottest days of the year so far.

The court heard that a woman who was putting clothes on her line had to pass him and saw he was sunbathing face down, naked and became upset. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Shannonside

Original publication 18th July 2018

Posted on NatCorn 10th August 2018

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Where do nudists hang out in Ireland? Top skinny dipping locations and beaches named
Irish nudists are taking advantage of the good weather

Do you dare bare it all?

With temperatures reaching a sizzling 32C this week, it’s perfect skinny dipping weather.

Tens of thousands of Irish people are flocking to beaches around the country with many ditching their swim wear and letting it all hang out.

A nude couple lie on a beach before a luxury liner
A nude couple lie on a beach before a luxury liner AFP/Getty Images

Our Euro cousins have been topless tanning for years and with Ireland now having its own official nudist beach in Dublin many sun-worshippers will free the nipple for summer.

If you’re sick of unsightly strap marks and are feeling brave enough to strip off then there are plenty of spots in Ireland where it’s safe to do so. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Irish Mirror

Original publication 1 JUL 2018

Posted on NatCorn 14th July 2018

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Irish nudists plan to kick BUTT this World No Tobacco Day by gathering on Wicklow beach to fight cigarette-ends problem
Birthday suit buffs will gather on a beach near Brittas to attack the rubbish issue

IRISH nudists plan to kick BUTT this morning for World No Tobacco Day.

Birthday suit buffs, who recently celebrated the awarding of a skinny dip spot, will gather on a beach near Brittas, Co Wicklow, to fight the fag-ends problem.

Irish nudists want to fight the cigarette butt problem
Irish nudists want to fight the cigarette butt problem Garrett White - The Sun

It comes as the Irish Naturists Association prepares to celebrate Ireland’s first ever flesh-friendly dip site.

Earlier this year, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council agreed to erect public notices at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, south Co Dublin, warning others about bare-cheeked bathers.

We revealed the move followed law changes which mean naked swimmers are doing nothing ­illegal. And ahead of the official unveiling of the signs, naturists want to attack the rubbish issue. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Irish Sun

Original publication 31st May 2018

Posted on NatCorn 2nd June 2018

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Secret Garden – World Naked Garden(ing) Day 2018 in Ireland

In our preparation for World Naked Gardening Day, members of the event team visited Corke Lodge to assess its suitability as a venue. Alfred Cochrane, the owner was unfortunately abroad, however he had instructed his head gardener to show us around. We were immediately struck by its homely intimate character. Everything about it seemed to tick all the boxes: location, discreetness, layout.

This ‘ancient garden’ of box parterres was punctuated by architectural follies which emerge mysteriously from the dense boscage of evergreen oaks and American cedars. The writhing cork oak tree with deeply corrugated bark was the garden centre piece. We were informed that it’s apparently the oldest known cork oak tree in Ireland. On the northern side of the garden I came across a Sequoiadendron giganteum (Giant Redwood) which is rare in Ireland. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Irish Naturist Blog

Original publication MAY 8, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 14th May 2018

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What it feels like: Irish naturist (50) on why she’s happier with her clothes off – even in the snow
With Ireland due to get its first official nudist-friendly beach, Hazel Newton (50) from Cork reveals what the news means to her and why she’s happier with her clothes off – even in the snow

It was about 15 years ago when I had an epiphany. I was on holiday in Greece and there was the opportunity to go out on a boat and watch the moon rise over the mountains. It was beautiful, there was phosphorescence in the water and another lady, who had brought her swimming togs, got in to swim.

One with nature: Hazel Newton is part of the Irish Naturism Association
One with nature: Hazel Newton is part of the Irish Naturism Association Helio Leon

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Source: Irish Independent

Original publication April 22 2018

Posted on NatCorn 8th May 2018

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The naturist trail: ‘Once you try it, there’s no going back’
Pat Gallagher, president of the Irish Naturist Association, and his wife, Mary, are among the few in Ireland willing to speak publicly about the lifestyle. They started off by accident, says Pat

You might think that nudists would be fairly visible and easy to track down. Isn’t there a latent exhibitionism in casting your clothes to the wind and stepping out mother-naked into the sunshine? An out-and-proud statement of personal freedom? But when I set out to find them, it turns out that many Irish naturists are keen to keep their identities, if not their bodies, firmly under wraps, and at least some of them are as slippery as eels.

Pat Gallagher at his home in Roscommon with Fionola Meredith
Pat Gallagher at his home in Roscommon with Fionola Meredith Brenda Fitzsimons

A prospective encounter with a secret group of nudists from north Co Antrim looks promising until it becomes clear that the price of meeting them was the surrender of my own clothes, in the interests of creating “a level playing field”.

“Go on: dare to bare,” they repeatedly urge me. When I decline, pleading a preference for private nudity – I have no problem leaping naked into the surf on a remote Donegal beach, and have done so, but I don’t want anyone else around to watch me do it – the trail suddenly goes cold. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Irish Times

Original publication Aug 25, 2014

Posted on NatCorn 3rd May 2018

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Naturist activities in Connaught, Ireland

I must admit that when I was first approached to put something in print about naturism in Galway I honestly did not know where to start. Naturism is around us, wherever we wish to find the opportunity. For me my home and my back garden present the ideal opportunities and as a result I spend most of my time nude. That is very easy for me, my house and garden are relatively private and being a naturist all of my life I am not really too upset if a neighbour just happens to see me from a distance from an upstairs bedroom window or whatever. I have lived in my present house for almost fifteen years and nobody has thus far objected or complained.

However most naturists are not as lucky as I and do not have the privacy. So how and where do they do to get that all over tan for themselves! They must travel to discrete and secluded places to enjoy their recreation and freedom. The Galway coastline is a rugged one, being constantly battered by the Atlantic Ocean. As a result the coast is in the main a rocky one and to a great extent devoid of sand. Those sandy areas that do exist are, in comparison to those on the sheltered eastern coast, small short stretches. However we also have numerous lakes that are suitable for naturism and nude recreation and I shall include these as well, ones that I have tried out on occasions. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Irish Naturist Blog

Original publication APRIL 4, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 9th April 2018

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Nudists being welcomed to Irish leisure centres to use pools, saunas, steam rooms and even water slides as naturist community continues to grow
Indoor private nude swim sessions are growing in popularity across the country

NUDISTS have been hosted in seven swimming pools – including one with a slide – as the community grows in numbers across Ireland, we can reveal.

The latest new venue to rent out their facilities was Coral Leisure in Co Monaghan which allowed naturists to use its pool, sauna, steam room and even its water chute.

Indoor private nude swim sessions are growing in popularity in Ireland
Indoor private nude swim sessions are growing in popularity in Ireland Stock image

They used the venue last month and plan to do so again in April.

Manager Ciaran Murtagh said they had no complaints – and revealed he is happy to provide the fully-clothed lifeguard duties himself.

He said: “It is not exactly for me, but whatever you are into!

“No complaints. They are a private user group. They pay a rental fee to come in outside of normal opening hours. We have had no issues.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Irish Sun

Original publication 3rd April 2018

Posted on NatCorn 7th April 2018

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WELCOME TO GAWKEY Ireland is getting its first official nudist-friendly beach as local council set to put up public notices warning of bathers in the buff
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is to put up public notices at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Co Dublin, which will warn others about seeing bathers in the buff

IRELAND is getting its first official nudist-friendly beach — leaving naked bathers cock-a-hoop.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is to put up public notices at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Co Dublin, which will warn others about seeing bathers in the buff.

Lad out for a wander down to the water
Lad out for a wander down to the water Garrett White - The Sun

Irish Naturist Association chief Pat Gallagher explained: “Every other country in Europe has these kind of signs.

“It is a milestone for ­Ireland.”

The INA is in talks with a ­number of local authorities about getting similar signage placed at other beaches giving nude bathers the thumbs up.

The sign at Dalkey is flagged to be put up this month and comes following recent changes in the law which means that in-the-nip bathers are not doing anything illegal. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Irish Sun

Original publication 26th March 2018

Posted on NatCorn 30th March 2018

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Irish Saunas – 100 years behind

As we gathered at Dublin Airport on a cold damp, dark morning I found it hard to envisage that within a few short hours we would be sampling the delights of Europe’s largest spa, Therme Erding.

Stepping off the plane at Munich Airport we were immediately taken aback by the sharp drop in temperature. The snow began to fall as we took the last leg of the journey via taxi. Looking out at the snow-covered landscape it was hard to believe we were only minutes away from a Bavarian paradise. On arriving at Theme Erding I was struck by the pure scale of the dome like structure, and hundreds or cars in what seemed to be a completely full car park. Surely this could not be on a normal working day? Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Irish Naturist Blog

Original publication FEBRUARY 27, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 2nd March 2018