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A nudist beach will be opened at Warrenpoint this summer, the Newry Spud can reveal.

The coastline adjacent to the Whistledown Hotel will be roped off and become available exclusively for those brave enough to bare all despite the Irish weather.

Naturists welcomed the liberal move, which was voted through by councillors in a rowdy meeting last night.

But residents and rich Newry second-home owners were furious. Local Priest Fr Peader O’Phile was also upset, claiming public nudity was a sin and would only encourage promiscuity.

The nudist beach was proposed in order to broaden Warrenpoint’s appeal, which tourism chiefs believed was too narrow. Liam Williams, responsible for visitor numbers to the Warrenpoint Coastal area, said: “The Point has a bit of a ‘stick-in-the-mud’ reputation and we need to drag it into the 21st century.

“We threw around a few ideas, including a fun-fair, bingo hall and a greyhound stadium, but settled on a nudist beach as the most appealing to the general public.

“The nudist beach will be only 200-yards wide and it will be roped off. However, it will be visible to anyone walking past, and to visitors on the normal beach on either side.

“For anyone with a special interest, we plan on erecting a special viewing platform on top of the Whistledown Hotel.”

Local bakery Corn Dolly manager Amanda Quinn insisted: “The only baps on display in Warrenpoint should be my own floury ones.”