IRELAND is getting its first official nudist-friendly beach — leaving naked bathers cock-a-hoop.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is to put up public notices at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, Co Dublin, which will warn others about seeing bathers in the buff.
Irish Naturist Association chief Pat Gallagher explained: “Every other country in Europe has these kind of signs.
“It is a milestone for Ireland.”
The INA is in talks with a number of local authorities about getting similar signage placed at other beaches giving nude bathers the thumbs up.
The sign at Dalkey is flagged to be put up this month and comes following recent changes in the law which means that in-the-nip bathers are not doing anything illegal.
Under the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017, public nudity is only deemed an offence when someone is “intending to cause fear, distress or alarm” or engages in sexual activity.
Gallagher insists Hawk Cliff will still be open to clothed swimmers — who he referred to as “textiles” — but explained they will now be forewarned about seeing punters wandering about starkers.