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Teacher to honour mum's memory in 'Dip in the Nip' for cancer

Paddy Clancy

Published 24/06/2011 | 05:00

A TEACHER will be among 500 people going naked in public tomorrow to honour her mother who died after taking part in a similar event just two years ago.

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Maire Ivanna Heneghan won't have a stitch on when she splashes into the sea in the annual cancer fundraiser called the Dip in the Nip.

She might toss a pink feather boa across her shoulders as her mother, Mona, did when she appeared in a 2010 calendar picture recalling Ireland's first mass Dip in the Nip in 2009.

This year's dip is in honour of Mona, who died last August at the age of 59.

Maire said yesterday that she was "bursting with pride" that her mother's name has been honoured with this year's campaign.

The 31-year-old teacher in Corofin, Co Galway, recalled how her mother maintained a positive attitude despite constant medical treatment during her last eight years.

Mona, a mother of five from Tourmakeady, Co Mayo, was battling cancer from 2002 until her death last year.

She decided to live life to the full and regularly visited married daughters in the Netherlands and Austria, and climbed mountains in Scotland and England.

Maire said she still fondly remembers the first dip at Lissadell, Co Sligo in 2009, as "a real girlies' day out".

"When a commemorative calendar was being organised a few weeks later mum volunteered and she became Miss December.

"She looked fab. There aren't many people who can wear a feather boa and look so graceful. It really captured her sense of fun."

Tomorrow's Dip in the Nip aims to raise €100,000.

Irish Independent

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