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500 women stripped off for charity Dip In The Nip

MORE than 500 women dared to bare this morning -- all for the fight against cancer.

Women of all ages from across the country dropped their robes and shed their clothes at approximately 8.30am and sprinted towards the Atlantic for a Dip In The Nip at a secret location in Co Sligo.

They arrived at the location at 7am for registration -- many opting to travel in their bathrobes in order to save time and focus on the event in hand.

Luckily for the participants, the morning temperature was a bareable 14 degrees.

The increasingly popular Dip In The Nip is now in its third year and is the brainchild of organiser Maire Garvey.

This year's event -- which will feature separate dips for men and women -- will be dedicated to mother-of-five Mona Heneghan from Tourmakeady, Co Mayo.

She was one of the first to sign up for the event in 2009 and posed for the event's charity calender. She passed away last year.

Her daughter, schoolteacher Maire Ivanna Heneghan (31), took part in this year's event, along with a gang of family and friends, and is hoping to raise some much-needed funds.

This year's star link is Sile Seoige who was named ambassador for the skinny dip and will present her Saturday show on Newstalk from the venue -- but she has refused to say if she will join in the naked splash.

The event is aiming to raise €100,000 this year for three cancer charities which are the Irish Cancer Society, the Haemotology & Oncology Department at Sligo General Hospital, and the Drogheda Cancer Research & Education Trust at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.