The Sligo Dip in the Nip took place on Sunday morning at Dunmoran Strand. The purpose of the dip is to fund-raise for local cancer charities, anything that’s raised locally stays locally. I had my own scare earlier this year – which to be honest inspired me on my own adventures. It was a wake up call for me, you only live once after all. Life is too short to be stuck at home doing housework when you could be out there living.
From the moment I arrived at the Sligo Dip I was struck by the sense of community and camaraderie. Smiles and hugs were in abundance from old friends and new ones. There were a lot of first-time dippers and these were welcomed with open arms.
The ladies and gents from Beltra Country Market were on hand to provide refreshments and direct the traffic.
The whole event wasn’t just about getting naked and running into the sea. It was about feeling good about yourself and your body, which Maire Garvey emphasised so well. We are often our own worst enemies when it comes to body image. It was also about remembering those who are no longer with us. All the dippers got to write messages on the memory tree and as those messages blew gently in the wind the dippers took to the sea amidst shouts of encouragement and peals of laughter.
After the dip it was time to reflect and to remember the people that we have lost and those that remain. This was done in the form of a gratitude circle – ‘the circle of life’. It was such a moving ceremony, people were invited to write something on the sand, a name of a loved one, past or present and the circle was made larger to include the names.
After this wonderful ceremony it was time for some very welcome refreshments, served with a smile, by the Beltra Country Market ladies.
The Sligo dip was to raise funds for Shout Cancer Care who provide support to cancer patients and their families. So you’re not alone if you or a family member are diagnosed with cancer.
Well done to Maire for organising such a lovely event. If you would like to donate you can do so here. If you would like to take part in a dip there are a couple more taking place this year in other parts of the country.