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No nudes is good news for Anne

OUR firemen have done it, the farmers have done it several times and a middle-aged bunch of businessmen from the West did it recently -- but don't expect Irish celebrities to strip naked for charity any time soon.

There were enough TV presenters, singers and comedians at the premiere of the musical 'Calendar Girls' last night for every month of the year but they certainly weren't there to get tips on making their very own nude calendar.

Newsreader Anne Doyle had a good laugh at the notion of getting her kit off for charity.

"I think I'm too charitable to do that to people at this stage of my life," she said.

Marty Whelan joked that he was "in training", and admitted that he has been asked to take a "dip in the nip" by a friend in the West who does it to raise money for charity every year. "I'd be petrified at the very idea," he confessed.

The comic trio of The Nualas were fairly game, even giving some frivolous thought to baring all for their forthcoming gig at Vicar Street on March 25.

Ever since a group of Yorkshire women produced a nude calendar to raise money for Leukaemia Research under the auspices of the Women's Institutes 12 years ago, thousands of others have stripped naked for a good cause.

Long before fashion adviser Gok Wan came up with 'How to Look Good Naked', air hostesses, rugby players and even MPs' wives were queuing up to take off their clothes and have their photo taken.

And that spirit of ordinary people doing something daring and just a little bit silly drew hundreds of mainly women to the Grand Canal Theatre last night.

Limited tickets are still available for the current show which runs until February 19.

Irish Independent