Calling Dublin men to do The Dickie Dip for prostate cancer care! 

by Rose Barrett
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The Mater Hospital Foundation is challenging Dublin men to skip the speedos, strip off and brave the chilly waters in nothing but a dickie bow for the annual Dickie Dip fundraiser. The Dickie Dip is an annual fundraiser to raise monies and awareness of prostate cancer care. The dips will take place in Dublin on November 11 and, for the first time this year, in Co Mayo on November 18 (exact times and locations to be revealed upon registration). 

By joining hundreds of other brave male swimmers wearing nothing but a dickie bow, you will be helping to make a life-saving difference for patients in the Mater. Proceeds raised at the events will go towards providing the very best in men’s cancer care and will be put to work where it is needed most in the hospital. 

Easy to register

Taking part couldn’t be easier! Simply visit and follow the registration instructions. Everyone who signs up will receive a free dickie bow on the day and will be invited to join our Dickie Dip Facebook Group, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat with your fellow dippers in advance of the November dips. 

The Dickie Dip has already raised over €325,000 for the Mater since it was first held in 2019. In 2022 alone, the event raised almost €140,000 for supports that aid early detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. 

Commenting on this year’s dips, Mary Moorhead, CE of the Mater Hospital Foundation says, “We are delighted that The Dickie Dip is returning for 2023 and we’re so excited to be hosting a second dip in Co Mayo for the first time ever. The brave men who join us every year for this uplifting event are such an inspiring and positive community, committed to making a difference for men’s cancer care and we thank them for all of their support to date.” 

She adds, “The dips would not be possible without our fantastic Dickie Dip Skerries Committee members, who have been with us every step of the way since day one. We hope that men from all across Ireland will take up this fun, exciting and brave challenge. With your help we can continue to have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of men being treated for cancer in the Mater Hospital.” 

To register for The Dickie Dip in November, simply visit or call 01 830 3482 to learn more. 

Feature photo: launching the Mater Hospital Foundation’s 2023 Dickie Dip fundraiser for men’s cancer care  is Tom Ryan (L) and Dermot Higgins (R) of the Dickie Dip Skerries Committee.

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