Ballybunion beaches were not just traditionally separated into the men’s beach and the ladies beach. There was also the Nun’s strand for the nuns from the convent that used to be on top of the cliffs!
The segregation of the beaches goes back to the 20th Century when the Catholic Church held great influence. It is said that a priest would stand on the castle green and write the names of any man or woman who strayed into the wrong beach. No doubt there would be hell to pay for trespassers.
In more recent times a nudist group wanted to convert the Nun’s strand into a nudist beach. They failed in their attempt but that might have been for the best. Despite the warm water currents there can also be a straight chill Atlantic breeze that could cool even the most ‘die hard’ nudist’s enthusiasm.