Calling on men to take on The Dickie Dip for men’s cancer care

The Mater Hospital Foundation is challenging men to skip the speedos, strip off and brave the chilly waters in nothing but a dickie bow this winter for the annual Dickie Dip fundraiser for men’s cancer care. The dips will take place in Dublin and, for the first time this year, in Co. Mayo.

The Dickie Dip is a life-affirming skinny-dip fundraiser, supporting men’s cancer care in the Mater Public Hospital. The events take place in Dublin on 11th November and in Mayo on 18th Mayo, with exact times and locations to be revealed upon registration.

By joining hundreds of other brave men wading into the sea wearing only a dickie bow, you will be helping to make a life-saving difference for patients in the Mater. Proceeds raised at the events will go towards providing the very best in men’s cancer care and will be put to work where it is needed most in the hospital.

Taking part couldn’t be easier! Simply visit and follow the registration instructions. Everyone who signs up will receive a free dickie bow on the day and will be invited to join our Dickie Dip Facebook Group, where you’ll have the opportunity to meet and chat with your fellow dippers in advance of the November dips.

Mater Hospital Foundation launches The Dickie Dip 2023

Pictured launching the Mater Hospital Foundation’s 2023 Dickie Dip fundraiser for men’s cancer care is Tom Ryan (L) and Dermot Higgins (R) of the Dickie Dip Skerries Committee.

The Dickie Dip has already made a hugely positive impact for the hospital, raising over 325,000 since it was first held in 2018. In 2022 alone, the event raised almost €140,000 for supports to aid in the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

This year, the Mater Hospital Foundation hopes to raise even more for men’s cancer care in the Mater, with the help of hundreds of brave dippers making a real splash in Dublin and Mayo.

Commenting on this year’s dips, Mary Moorhead, Chief Executive of the Mater Hospital Foundation says, “We are delighted that The Dickie Dip is returning for 2023 and we’re so excited to be hosting a second dip in Co. Mayo for the first time ever. The brave men who join us every year for this uplifting event are such an inspiring and positive community, committed to making a difference for men’s cancer care and we thank them for all of their support to date.” 

She adds, “The dips would not be possible without our fantastic Dickie Dip Skerries Committee members, who have been with us every step of the way since day one. We hope that men from all across Ireland will take up this fun, exciting and brave challenge. With your help we can continue to have a positive and lasting impact on the lives of men being treated for cancer in the Mater Hospital.” 

To register for The Dickie Dip for men’s cancer care in Dublin on 11th November or Mayo on 18th November, simply visit or call 01 830 3482 to learn more.

Sign-up to our newsletter to see the difference you’re making

Subscribe to our newsletter
Cookie Notice