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Women left their inhibitions and their clothes on the shoreline

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The location was highly classified with only those planning to participate armed with the advance knowledge of where it was happening as the women of Kerry turned out in force for a fun-filled Dip in the Nip to raise funds for a super cause.

Dippers: Theresa Kissane, Ann Robinson, Eileen Lucey, Grainne Gallen, Anne O’Shea, Noreen O’Meara, Kay Mahony, Trish O’Neill, Mags Gallagher and Margaret Foley

Dozens upon dozens women of ages left their inhibitions – and their clothes – on the shoreline as the took the early morning plunge in the icy waters to raise funds, through the €40 entry fee and sponsorship, for the Kerry Cancer Support Group and Recovery Haven Kerry.

Both charities do remarkable work in the community to support their clients through all stages of their cancer journey and the organisers now hope to make it an annual event.

They rely on an all-female support crew, from guards, lifeguards and marshals and the big dip is held at dawn to avoid any disruption.

The fundraising event is open to all women over 18 years of age including those who have experienced cancer themselves, those who are supporting a friend or family member on their cancer journey or those who want to remember and honour a loved one who they lost to the disease.

Bottoms up: Some of the participants enjoy a ilght-hearted moment

Everyone who signed up will receive a medal to mark their participation and they were automatically entered into a draw for some great prizes.

As is transpired, Derrymore Beach in Camp was the chosen venue and over 200 brave souls turned out to play their part and take the plunge for two local causes.

Breda Dyland from the Kerry Cancer Support Group said that they are very thankful to be chosen by Wild Water Adventures as a beneficiary for this year’s event.

“We are really looking forward to what will be a unique and personal event. I want to thank all involved for their hard work,” she said.

Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven Kerry remarked: “Having seen the success of last year’s event and the pure emotion and sense of solidarity experienced by all the women who took part, we are thrilled and honoured to once again be involved in such a wonderful event.”

Pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan

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