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Location of second annual Dip in the Nip a closely guarded secret!

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Last year was its inaugural event - and it proved so empowering that organisers are inviting women to once again strip off for the second annual Dip in the Nip. 

It takes place next month, and due to the nature of the event - the location is a closely guarded secret. 

Organisers John and Michaela Edwards of Wild Water Adventures have said that it is set to be another great day and will once again raise substantial funds for cancer services in Kerry.

“As a local swimming business, we at Wild Water Adventures deal with a lot of female swimmers, and we wanted to give something back to the community," John explained.

"We have a unique skill set and we have used that to run several charity events over the years. We came up with the idea of running a Dip in the Nip last year and we asked Recovery Haven if they would like to be our chosen charity."

Such was the success of the event with 170 participants, John and Michaela are now hoping that it will be even bigger and better this year.

“Following the success of last year’s event, we have asked Kerry Cancer Support Group to come on board as a beneficiary this year as well. We are hoping to build on that success and Dip in the Nip Kerry is now set to be an annual event. The feedback we received from last year's event was that women found it empowering and emotional, with ladies of all ages and walks of life taking part. We have an all-female support crew of guards, lifeguards, and marshals.”

The Dip will happen at dawn on September 3, and only those taking part will find out the location a few days beforehand.

It is fun, exciting, empowering, daunting, exhilarating, peaceful and mindful according to participants of previous events. Everyone is on their own journey and participating for their own reasons.

This year’s chosen charities are delighted to be part of this fun event and are urging women to sign up.
Breda Dyland from the Kerry Cancer Support Group said that they are very thankful to be chosen by Wild Water Adventures as a beneficiary for this year's Dip.

"We are really looking forward to what will be a unique and personal event. I want to thank Michaela, John and their volunteers for their hard work in organising the event and I hope that the ladies of Kerry and beyond come along and join us on the 3rd,” she said.

GETTING INVOLVED

Recovery Haven too is delighted to once again be part of a hugely successful event.

“Having seen the success of last year’s event and the pure emotion and sense of solidarity experienced by all the women who took part, we are thrilled and honoured to once again be involved in such a wonderful event. We would encourage all women to give it a go, because it is something very special and something they will not regret. As the phrase goes: ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway,” said Marisa Reidy.

Dip in the Nip is open to all women aged 18 and over – including those who have experienced cancer themselves, those who are supporting a friend or family member on their cancer journey or those who want to remember and honour a loved one who they lost to the disease.

Registration, priced at €40 (+ booking fee), is now open through Eventbrite and everyone who signs up will receive a custom swimming cap, a medal to mark their participation and will be automatically entered into a draw for some great prizes. Pre-registration is vital, however, as entries cannot be processed on the morning of the event. Participants are also asked, if possible, to bring tea and cakes and make this a fun social event too.

See eventbright.ie: 'Dip in the Nip Kerry 2022 - Kerry's 2nd Dip in the Nip Charity Event' for more. 

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Corcoran’s Furniture walk raises €12k for autism charity

Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland There were 37 participants in the event, which included […]

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Corcoran’s Furniture and Carpets charity walk through the Gap of Dunloe on Saturday raised almost €12,000 for Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland

There were 37 participants in the event, which included AADI families, dogs, and representatives, as well as fundraisers, supporters, and members of the Corcoran’s team. The stars of the day were the three life-changing super-hero dogs, Buzz, Baron and Hank.

Former Kerry Footballer, James O’ Donoghue, was the ambassador for the event
Those taking part left Ross Castle and were treated to a phenomenal boat ride in the expert hands of Diarmuid ‘Dux’ O’Donoghue of Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours. The O’Donoghue family entertained the entire group with a range of fascinating stories outlining the history of the lakes of Killarney and Killarney National Park.

The group set out from Lord Brandon’s Cottage and walked the 11K through the iconic Gap of Dunloe, with two AADI families and their dogs taking part in the full walk. This was followed by a well-deserved meal and some rest and relaxation at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Flemings Taxi’s Killarney brought the group back to Ross Castle, Killarney upon completion of the event.

“On behalf of everybody at Corcoran’s Furniture, we would like to thank everybody who participated in our Gap of Dunloe charity event on behalf of AADI,” said Shane O’ Callaghan, Financial Controller atCorcoran’s.

“Collectively we have raised almost €12,000 for this incredible charity and monies are still coming in. We are extremely grateful to all who supported our walk, and also to James O’ Donoghue, Christina Tagney, the Gap of Dunloe Traditional Boat Tours, the fantastic support of Noel Lucey and Donal McCarthy from the Order Of Malta, Killarney branch, and to Killarney National Park, Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Fleming’s Taxi’s. All funds raised will go toward the expert training and maintenance of the upcoming AADI dogs who will make a dramatic difference to so many children with Autism and their families.”

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Summer of song with Grace Foley

Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night. ‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances […]

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Killarney singer Grace Foley is launching a summer series of concerts in Anam House Arts and Cultural Centre on Saturday night.

‘Storyteller’ is a series of intimate, one woman performances that will be given by Foley during the summer months.

The first of the performances takes place this Saturday 7pm and will feature the songs and stories of well-known singers including Dolly Parton, ABBA, and an array of Irish artists as well as a selection of poems and famous quotes.

“It promises to be a lovely evening,” she said. “This the first of three performances.”

Tickets are €10 and will be available on the night. The performance is approximately one hour long.

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