Thousands of women in Ireland smash record for world's largest skinny dip

Two women wear messages on their backs in support of their friend Anna as they raise money for children's cancer charity'Aoibheann's Pink Tie

The 2,505 naked women spent at least five minutes in the chilly waters of secluded Magheramore beach, County Wicklow, roughly 60 kilometers south of Dublin, to set the new Guinness World Record.

All money raised goes towards Aoibheann's Pink Tie, the national children's cancer charity which supports the families of children diagnosed with cancer.

It was strip and dip on a beach in Ireland when thousands of women gathered to break the skinny dipping world record.

Today the sea temperature off Magheramore beach, where the Irish swim was held, was a bracing 12 degrees, despite a recent spell of warm weather.

The idea for the event came from Cancer survivor Dee Featherstone. The events have raised more than 153,000 euro, not including what will be raised this year.

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"Half the people who were there either had cancer or were affected by cancer or were supporting somebody or remembering someone who had cancer - every woman had their own little story of why they did it. It was great craic", Deirdre Betson from Dunboyne said after leaving the water.

This year's event successfully surpassed the preceding Guinness world record for the largest mass skinny dip, which was set in Perth, Australia in 2015 by 786 people. We did it in her memory, ' said Betson.

'We are all different shapes and sizes and ages and it was just super'.

'Brilliant and bracing, ' said one participant.

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