Psychic helps skinny dipper shed her inhibitions
THE organiser of the annual 'dip in the nip' to raise funds for cancer services has revealed she got the idea from a visit to a psychic.
The third annual skinny dip will be held at a Sligo beach on June 25 to raise €100,000 to battle cancer.
This year's event -- which will feature separate dips for men and women -- will be dedicated to Mona Henaghan from Tourmakeady, Co Mayo. She was one of the first to sign up for the event in 2009 but has since died from cancer.
This year's star link is Sile Seoige who has been named ambassador for the skinny dip and will present her Saturday show on Newstalk from the venue -- but she has refused to say if she will join in the naked splash.
Organiser Maire Garvey admitted: "When I was starting it in 2009 I didn't dare reveal that I got the idea from a psychic. But it has become so popular now and there's so much craic around it that nobody really cares any more how it started.
"I was unemployed at the time and a friend recommended the psychic to me and said she was very good in terms of giving direction.
''She asked if I liked to swim naked and I said 'yes'. She then told me that she could see me in a large group of naked people in a large body of water.
"I like to skinny dip on my own at six o'clock in the morning. But as I left the psychic I just thought it would be a great way to raise funds."
Organisers are expecting up to 500 women and men at a beach in Sligo. The beach will not be named until just prior to the event to keep Peeping Toms at bay.
Charities to benefit will be the Irish Cancer Society, the Haematology and Oncology department in Sligo General Hospital, and Drogheda Cancer Research and Education Trust.
For further details visit www.dipinthenip.eu.