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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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Things you can do naked in Plymouth this summer
There’s never been a better time to take all your clothes off

The weather is heating up – and this summer is set to be a corker.

But when the sun is shining, clothes can become a bit restrictive, and keeping them on doesn’t seem like the most attractive option.

Plymouth Sun Club members Edward Lees, Simon Berriman and Paul Duckett at Plympton Swimming Pool
Plymouth Sun Club members Edward Lees, Simon Berriman and Paul Duckett at Plympton Swimming Pool Paul Slater

But some can get offended by people walking around in their birthday suit. So what else can you do?

Cities across the UK have embraced the naked form in recreational activities, and across Devon and Cornwall there are a host of events you can get involved with – if that’s what you’re into. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: PlymouthLive

Original publication 26 JUN 2018

Posted on NatCorn 8th July 2018

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Nudist hotspot UK: Couple enjoy heatwave by stripping NAKED on Cornish beach
AS the heatwave continues, nudists have stripped off at British beaches.

As a heatwave shines down on Britain, many are feeling hot and bothered in their clothes.

To stop themselves from overheating, some have head to the beach for a swim in the icy sea.

Some even decide to take things a step further by going skinny dipping.

AT ONE WITH NATURE: Some enjoy stripping off at this Cornwall beach
AT ONE WITH NATURE: Some enjoy stripping off at this Cornwall beach SWNS

Pednevounder is one of the most picturesque nudist hotspots in the UK.

Over the weekend, many Brits paddled in the Cornish waters.

The location, near Penzance, boasts beautiful rock formations.

The cliffs of Treryn Dinas and Logan Rock are among the sights that visitors can take in. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Daily Star

Original publication 2nd July 2018

Posted on NatCorn 6th July 2018

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Nude swimmers’ bare bottoms bobbing around in lake make me and my dog sick, says woman
Bathers who strip off at beauty spot told swimming is not allowed, even if they are wearing trunks

There are few things that look more inviting than a cool, clear lake on a summer’s day in Gloucestershire.

For some people, the freedom of jumping in and swimming is too good an opportunity to miss.

And for a few, the temptation to strip off completely and swim as nature intended is also irresitable.

The boathouse at Woodchester Park, Stroud
The boathouse at Woodchester Park, Stroud

But nude swimmers at one lake in Gloucestershire have been told not only to cover up, but to get out as well.

Because the lakes at Woodchester Park, in Stonehouse, are strictly off limits to swimmers, clothed or otherwise.

The naked swimmers have caused some consternation in the area. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Gloucestershire Live

Original publication 6 JUN 2018

Posted on NatCorn 13th June 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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Nudist swims for kids defended as ‘safe, happy and healthy’
Ryedale Naturist Club offered children free tickets to its naked swims :: Leading naturists said the sessions are in children’s ‘best interest’

Naturists have jumped to the defence of naked child swim sessions, claiming they are in children’s “best interest”.

Leading lovers of nature hit back against “mass hysteria” prompted by Ryedale Naturist Club’s free swim offer to under 18s.

A council investigation was launched into the club after The Gazette disclosed details of an advert encouraging kids to swim nude alongside adults at Derwent Pool, near Malton, North Yorkshire .

References to children, and the club’s free entry offer, have since been deleted from the club’s website after a flurry of online anger.

Derwent Pool, near Malton is offering £5 naked swim sessions
Derwent Pool, near Malton is offering £5 naked swim sessions Google

But British Naturism (BN) stood by the sessions, saying: “A naturist environment is a safe, happy and healthy environment for a child to be a part of.

“Prudery, not openness or nudity, harms children.”

Andrew Calow, from BN Yorkshire, said it is in a child’s “best interest” to see real bodies rather than explore the internet.

He said: “Don’t let readers’ prejudices masquerade as facts. Naturism is a family activity enjoyed by people all over the world.

“Children are safe attending a naturist swim with their parents. They attend as part of a family unit.” Continued…Read full original article…

Source: GazetteLive

Original publication 25 APR 2018

Posted on NatCorn 26th April 2018

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Nudist paradise: The public pool hosting £5 naked swim sessions and ‘kids go free’ offer
Naturists from Teesside and beyond flock to a council-owned pool in North Yorkshire to bare all :: Even children are encouraged to swim nude

The idyllic North Yorkshire district of Ryedale is an unlikely nudist paradise.

Best known for Eden Camp, Flamingo Land and Castle Howard, it boasts a much more obscure attraction.

Derwent Pool, near Malton is offering £5 naked swim sessions
Derwent Pool, near Malton is offering £5 naked swim sessions Google

Naturists from Teesside and further afield flock to council-run Derwent Pool, near Malton, for £5 naked swim sessions.

The public pool and sauna offers the “best chance of a naked swim” in the North when its doors close to the public between 3pm and 5pm every other Sunday.

“Our swims are just like going to any council-run swimming pool except we don’t use swim-wear,” proclaims Ryedale Naturist Club’s website. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: GazetteLive

Original publication 22 APR 2018

Posted on NatCorn 23rd April 2018

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Naked Utopia: how England’s first nudists imagined the future

The naked body is as old as humanity. But nudism as a social form, organised into clubs and societies, only came of age in England in the 1920s. Its practitioners were from a range of backgrounds and included those with interests in “physical culture” (today we would refer to this as body building and beauty contests). Many were interested in natural health, including vegetarian and raw food diets, and new exercise regimes from hiking to yoga.

‘Sun worship’. Health and Efficiency magazine, 1935.
‘Sun worship’. Health and Efficiency magazine, 1935. H&E naturist magazine/Hawk Editorial Ltd.

Nudism was particularly embraced by artists and intellectuals as part of a wider set of progressive practices associated with free thought. Many were internationalists inspired by longer standing German nudist traditions, which were far more popular and organised on a larger scale than English efforts. They understood disrobing to be part of a wider ideal of physical, mental and spiritual liberation. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: The Conversation

Original publication April 9, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 12th April 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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Nudist defends naked swimming at Waiheke Island after criticism from locals

A proud naturist is defending the rights of people to swim sans togs, as complaints about naked bathers are on the rise on Waiheke Island.

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Free Beaches NZ president Mike Ward has been swimming nude for the last four decades, and says naturists have happily flocked to Waiheke Island beaches for the last 30 years.

“Once you have tried it, you really can’t go back to the idea that wearing togs is anything like a sensible thing,” he told RadioLIVE on Thursday. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Newshub

Original publication 15/03/2018

Posted on NatCorn 16th March 2018

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Butt-naked swimmer braves freezing temperatures for his morning skinny dip
This bold swimmer braved the ‘beast from the east’ to go skinny dipping.

Launching himself into the bitterly cold sea, the swimmer took a stark naked paddle as the UK prepares for Storm Emma.

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Source: Metro

Original publication 27 Feb 2018

Posted on NatCorn 9th March 2018

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Mass skinny dip for a good cause
Would you bare all for charity?

We wanted to create an event that would not only push the boundaries and drive awareness for an important cause, but also inspire people to let go of their inhibitions, have fun and celebrate their wonderful bodies in all their diversity.

If this hot weather is making you want to strip off and head to the beach, you could be in good company next month when the Bay of Plenty is hosting a group skinny dip for a good cause.

Breast cancer survivor Tracy Harding, 60 will be doing a naked swim as a fundraiser.
Breast cancer survivor Tracy Harding, 60 will be doing a naked swim as a fundraiser. George Novak

The inaugural Nude Dude charity swim is being held on March 15 at an unnamed Western Bay beach.

The swim will be a fundraiser for Tauranga’s Breast Cancer Support Service, which provides emotional and practical support for Western Bay women with breast cancer, and their families. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: Bay of Plenty Times

Original publication 3 Feb, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 16th February 2018

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Is it time for another Nude Ain’t Rude rally?

Almost 20 years to the day since Byron celebrated an historic Nude Ain’t Rude rally on Belongil beach, local activists and nature lovers are asking if it’s time to hold another.

The 1998 Australia Day Nude Ain’t Rude rally on Belongil beach.
The 1998 Australia Day Nude Ain’t Rude rally on Belongil beach. Jeff Dawson

The call follows the arrest of four people in just a few weeks for swimming naked in a quiet area of beach well south of Brunswick Heads but outside Byron Council’s (recently reduced) official clothing optional area.

Dean Jefferys told Echonetdaily he took his three-month old daughter to the rally, which was held on Australia Day 1998, not long after having a fine for offensive behavior quashed by the courts. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: echo.net

Original publication January 23, 2018

Posted on NatCorn 1st February 2018