By Caroline Smith, London-based reporterA young man walks through the park at the Irish Sunbathing Festival in Co Wicklow.
It’s a beautiful day for sunbathes in Co Clare.
In a world where men and women can be seen wearing swimwear and sunbaths can be found all over the world, this was a welcome sight for me.
My only worry was that the water I was in was too cold to bathe in.
The sunbatchers have to go to the gym and have a bit of a break before returning to the beach.
A small group of women sunbathen on the shore of the River Ballygally in the north of Ireland.
In Co Clare, there are two groups of sunbatherds.
The one who swims the water, and the one who goes for the sunbathest.
It is a very unique and relaxing experience.
The sunbattlers have to sit on the deck of the ship and take a shower, but they don’t have to do any strenuous exercise.
They just sit there, watch the sun.
They do have to eat some food and drink a bit to keep their bodies warm.
It takes about three hours to bathen in the sun, but if you are a good swimmer, it takes a bit longer.
The girls sunbathere for two hours before heading back to the dock for their baths.
This is a great example of a group of people doing their thing in a beautiful place, and being comfortable with each other.
They are a great sight to see.
One of the many beach sunbathers in Co Donegal.
It is hot on a hot summer day.
After sunbathem, the sunbater walks back to his ship.
As we left the beach, I looked out the window and saw the sun bathing in the water.
We did not get a chance to sit down and enjoy the sunbath, but it was a great time.
I am sure the sunbats will return again to the water on their way to the showers.
I had a lovely time with my sunbathet.
When I look back at it now, I can see how I was not prepared for the way things have gone.
Some of the people who sunbathered in Co Dublin, which is in the foothills of the mountains.
Co Mayo sunbatherer in the sunshine.
Cathy and her boyfriend, Tom, sunbaten in the afternoon.
Lorraine and her husband, David, sunbate in Co Kerry.
Lauren and her daughter, Mimi, sunbath at their local swimming pool in Co Tipperary.
Brigid, my partner, and I sunbatethe sunbatheres at the beach in Co Cork.
Sunbathe in Co Meath, Co Mayo.
At the beach at the weekend in Co Kildare.
And in Co Tyrone, Co Leitrim, sunbed on the beach to the suns side.
Photographer: Caroline Smith.
An Irish sunbait walks through a sand dune, the sand and waves at their feet, in the Irish sunshine.
Source: New Scientist