Ireland is getting its first official signposted nudist beach and it is landing in Dalkey.
Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is to put up public notices at Hawk Cliff to make people aware about seeing bathers in the nip.
A spokesperson from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council told Dublin Gazette that although thy are not designating the beach as a nudist beach, they are however “arranging for signage at this location to advise the public that they may encounter nude bathers”.
Local councillor John Bailey said he is very annoyed it didn’t come before the council.
He said he is “not against people’s choices and how they want to swim, but the coast is a public area for everybody to use”.
He said: “My attitude is this. This is a coastal area, it belongs to the public and I don’t want any exclusive zones. I want access for everybody.
“I want everybody to enjoy the public facilities. And having these exclusion zones I think it’s not good.
“I’m not against people who want to do that, that’s their choice, but I don’t think it’s good for young children and families.”
He added that he has received a lot of complaints from local residents who are concerned.
“I’ve got a lot of people who’ve reacted negatively against it.
“They have families and they don’t like the idea. There’s a curiosity factor and that creates a problem.”
President of the Irish Naturist Association Pat Gallagher told us he welcomes the move.
“Our reaction is one of delight that at least one local authority has the foresight to place signage at an area frequently used by nude bathers.
“It is not in the interest of naturists to cause any offence to others, so such signage will forewarn of the possibility of nude bathers.”
Other spots popular with naturists include Sallymount near Brittas Bay in Wicklow, Corballis in Donabate and Curracloe in Wexford.
Mr Gallagher said he would like to see signage being rolled out to other beaches with local authorises coming on board.
“We would like to see such signage in other areas frequently used by nude bathers.
“We have submissions with several other local authorities and will follow up on these shortly.
“We have not asked for the introduction of naturist/nudist beaches.
“We prefer the wording ‘clothing optional’, where nude bathers can share the area with others who prefer to wear swim suits etc.”