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Signs are good for Dalkey’s nudist beach

Friday, 6th April, 2018 7:59am
Signs are good for Dalkey’s nudist beach

Nudists will be welcome at Hawk Cliff.

Signs are good for Dalkey’s nudist beach

Nudists will be welcome at Hawk Cliff.

Rachel Farrell

DALKEY locals have expressed mixed views to the news that Hawk Cliff is set to become Ireland’s first nudist-friendly beach.

Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council is due to erect signs shortly at the scenic location to inform visitors that the beach will be frequented by naked swimmers.

“We are not designating this beach as a nudist beach,” a spokesperson for the council said. 

“However, we are arranging for signage at this location to advise the public that they may encounter nude bathers.”

Some locals that we spoke to last week were unware of the development and a number of them exprssed more surprise than others when we told them.

“I’ve got two children and I don’t want them to see anything like that, just because I’m a mother,” said Lucy from Roberts of Dalkey, a seafood market in the town. “It is funny, but no thank you, it’s not for me.”

Another local resident, who only gave his name as Tom, said he didn’t see any problem with the signs.

“I think they already do it around the White Rock area,” he said. “It doesn’t affect anybody and I think people are very open minded these days.

“It certainly wouldn’t bother me.”

Others weren’t sure what to make of the signs.

One passer-by was in disbelief. “Is it to encourage nudists? What will the signs say?” Shane questioned.

“I’m only a blow in but I think it’s great,” he added. “I lived in Germany and they walk around naked all the time.”

Irish Naturist Association chief Pat Gallagher said they were thrilled that the signs are being put in place. 

“We met with the council a while ago and they agreed to put up the signs,” he revealed. “We’re hoping to finally have them up this month.

“We were very delighted with this decision,” he added. “The beach is already used by both nude and clothed swimmers.”

Pat explained that the signs are not intended to cause offence.

“There is a possibility it might attract a bit of tourist attention, but we don’t want to cause any harm,” he insisted.

Some local councillors expressed indifference to the matter, saying the signage can’t do any harm

“There have been nudists swimming there years so it’s obviously not against the law,” said Cllr Mary Fayne (FG) pointed out.

“The council putting up warning signs will be helpful for people going down for a swim so they won’t be suddenly greeted with the sight of naked bodies. It’s probably best for those not from the area who might arrive for a swim down there.”

However, Cllr John Bailey earlier rervaled that he had received more than 60 complaints from constituents since it emerged that Hawk Cliff would become Ireland’s first signposted nudist beach.

 

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