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Mellow Mallow Ladies take part in Kerry’s first ever, Womens only charity ‘DIp in the Nip’ in aid of Recovery Haven on Derrymore Beach on Sunday. From left: Kate Browne, Liz Stafford, Susan Sandes, Helen Lombard, Oonagh Stobell, Meg Murphy and Val McDonald. All photos by Valerie O’Sullivan.

Mellow Mallow Ladies take part in Kerry’s first ever, Womens only charity ‘DIp in the Nip’ in aid of Recovery Haven on Derrymore Beach on Sunday. From left: Kate Browne, Liz Stafford, Susan Sandes, Helen Lombard, Oonagh Stobell, Meg Murphy and Val McDonald. All photos by Valerie O’Sullivan.

7 Roses: A very powerful and emotional and amazing morning for 170 amazing women who courageously bared all, in Kerry’s first ever, Women’s-only charity ‘DIp in the Nip’ in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry

7 Roses: A very powerful and emotional and amazing morning for 170 amazing women who courageously bared all, in Kerry’s first ever, Women’s-only charity ‘DIp in the Nip’ in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry

Sisters remembering their sisters, Jenny and Mags, who passed away in 2000 and 2005. From left: Noreen O’Neill, Moira Herlihy, Laura Herlihy and Brigid Moore.

Sisters remembering their sisters, Jenny and Mags, who passed away in 2000 and 2005. From left: Noreen O’Neill, Moira Herlihy, Laura Herlihy and Brigid Moore.

Close to 170 women took part in the first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’ fundraiser on Derrymore beach on Sunday morning.

Close to 170 women took part in the first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’ fundraiser on Derrymore beach on Sunday morning.

Mags Furlong and Niamh Moore.

Mags Furlong and Niamh Moore.

All in this together: women join hands in the sea during the ‘Dip in the Nip’ fundraiser on Sunday.

All in this together: women join hands in the sea during the ‘Dip in the Nip’ fundraiser on Sunday.

Marian Fitzgerald and Maura Daly getting ready on Sunday.

Marian Fitzgerald and Maura Daly getting ready on Sunday.

Brigid O’Connell (Tralee) with Lynn Fenton and Jo Arbon (Killorglin) and Cathy Curzon on Sunday.

Brigid O’Connell (Tralee) with Lynn Fenton and Jo Arbon (Killorglin) and Cathy Curzon on Sunday.

Eilish Boyle and Trish O’Neill from Killarney.

Eilish Boyle and Trish O’Neill from Killarney.

Jo Arbon and Lynn Fenton, from Killorglin, celebrating a very powerful, emotional and amazing morning at Derrymore Beach on Sunday.

Jo Arbon and Lynn Fenton, from Killorglin, celebrating a very powerful, emotional and amazing morning at Derrymore Beach on Sunday.

Killarney women, Mary O’Leary, Margaret O’Donoghue, Fiona O’Donoghue, Joan O’Reilly, Lil O’Doherty, Tara O’Donoghue, Eda Moore enjoying the 'Dip in the Nip' fundraiser on Sunday.

Killarney women, Mary O’Leary, Margaret O’Donoghue, Fiona O’Donoghue, Joan O’Reilly, Lil O’Doherty, Tara O’Donoghue, Eda Moore enjoying the 'Dip in the Nip' fundraiser on Sunday.

Elaine Martin, Lira Martin and Marian Martin were all smiles as they got ready to take part in Recovery Haven’s ‘Dip in the Nip’ fundraiser on Sunday morning.

Elaine Martin, Lira Martin and Marian Martin were all smiles as they got ready to take part in Recovery Haven’s ‘Dip in the Nip’ fundraiser on Sunday morning.

Sinead Cobbe, Carolanne Cobbe and Niamh Ruddle from Limerick.

Sinead Cobbe, Carolanne Cobbe and Niamh Ruddle from Limerick.

To the rescue: Sarah Lucid, Erin O’Halloran, Deirdre O’Halloran, Alex Perez, Eimear O’Sullivan on lifeguard duty on Sunday.

To the rescue: Sarah Lucid, Erin O’Halloran, Deirdre O’Halloran, Alex Perez, Eimear O’Sullivan on lifeguard duty on Sunday.

Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven Kerry with Mary O’Leary and Margaret O’Donoghue from Killarney at Derrymore on Sunday.

Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven Kerry with Mary O’Leary and Margaret O’Donoghue from Killarney at Derrymore on Sunday.

Marian Collins and Bernice O’Mahony ready for the plunge.

Marian Collins and Bernice O’Mahony ready for the plunge.

The Piper’s tune: Maura Shortt and Leanne McCarthy on Sunday.

The Piper’s tune: Maura Shortt and Leanne McCarthy on Sunday.

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Mellow Mallow Ladies take part in Kerry’s first ever, Womens only charity ‘DIp in the Nip’ in aid of Recovery Haven on Derrymore Beach on Sunday. From left: Kate Browne, Liz Stafford, Susan Sandes, Helen Lombard, Oonagh Stobell, Meg Murphy and Val McDonald. All photos by Valerie O’Sullivan.

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Recovery Haven’s ‘Dip in the Nip’ fundraiser had been the talk of the county for the past few days and weeks leading up to the big day with the location being kept top secret – for obvious reasons – until the very last minute.

Well on Sunday, Derrymore beach was finally revealed, along with much more, to be the site where close 170 women of all ages bravely bared all for the inaugural – and unique – fundraiser in aid of the cancer support charity, an event which was a joint effort between both Recovery Haven and the team at Wild Water Adventures. 

Speaking to The Kerryman on Tuesday morning about how the day went for them, Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven said that they never expected it to be as successful as it was.

"It was absolutely fantastic. We were honestly totally blown away by how many woman were registering and in the end because of safety and parking and all that, we actually had to stop taking registrations. When we first came up with the idea, we thought that if we could get 50 people to sign up, we’d be doing amazing so we never thought we’d be in the position of having to turn people away because we had too many!” she said.

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The event which was exclusively only open to women and amongst them was those who have experienced cancer themselves, those who are supporting a friend or family member on their cancer journey or those who simply wanted to remember and honour a loved one who they have lost to the disease.

As Marisa explained, every woman there on Sunday was there for their own personal reason and for some, the day was a very emotional one.

"Everyone had their own story and their own reason for being there. There were some people who used our services, some people who were just supporting a friend or family member who had availed of us and there were people who had never used our services but who had lost someone to cancer or knew someone who had it. There were just so many different stories from so many different women from all walks of life,” Marisa continued.

"The fact that it was ladies only, there was no judgement. Everybody was the same. It was just all about going and having a ball and having fun. There was laughing but there was tears too. For some people, it was really emotional and a lot of the women said it afterwards that they weren’t expecting to feel that way but everyone had their own reasons,” Marisa added.

"Events like this had been done up the country but nothing had been done in Kerry so we were in new territory but with COVID, we’ve had to think outside the box when it came to fundraisers so that’s where this came from.

At the time of writing, approximately €8,500 had been raised the charity through the event, an event which Marisa said they hope to make an annual one.


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