Here goes, a post about hundreds of naked women swimming together at a secret location in Co Sligo on June 25th next. Not the Irish Naturists women’s convention but the now annual liberating Dip In The Nip fundraiser for Cancer services and research in Ireland. This year they hope to raise €100,000. This is the new Ireland and one where we can literally take off our clothes and run into the sea. It has become more than just a fundraiser but a way of saying we will bare all, we are not afraid, we are strong women and we can help others. Lets hope this year it will be warm but no matter the weather it will be a wonderful occasion.
If you have no plans for June 25th and have never considered doing such a thing then perhaps this is for you? If you are one of the top ten fundraisers you will be collecting a fabulous special edition Lady Umbrella T-shirt that was designed especially for the event.
The Irish Derby is one of the highlights of the Irish Racing season and is a day that stands out for it’s great racing, atmosphere and now great food too! Yesterday the Curragh racecourse, home of Irish Flat racing was home to thousands of beautiful happy people soaking up the vibe and generally having a really good day out. For some it’s the racing that takes centre stage and for others it’s a great occasion to dress up. The fashion was fabulous, the racing was exciting and I met up with friends for whom Derby Day is a definite not be missed event.
The forecast was for intermittent showers none of which dared to arrive, the sun shone and there were smiles all round. I filled my car with great food from the Saturday market in Temple Bar, champagne from M&S, a picnic table from Argos and chairs from the camping shop on Capel Street which were a bargain at €14.99 each.
The new addition of the Good Food Ireland Village with stands offering the best of Irish Food and live music had everyone agreeing that this was a great step though I could have done without the loudspeaker announcements. We had fabulous scallops with black pudding from Mount Falcon Ballina and delicious ice cream from Linalla and Rossmore.
I forgot my camera battery so only took a few photographs with my iPhone but some great images are here at Kildare Village who had photographers snapping absolutely everybody.
Peter Ward Country Choice, Nenagh Co Tipperary
Many thanks to the great Irish fashion website StyleBible.ie for my winning entrance tickets which meant I had more to spend on the Tote and I ended up €50 euro’s up on the day thanks to the tips given by various people ! See you all next year?
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