Six things you should know about the 34th International Naturist Congress in Leitrim this weekend

The conference takes place from 11-14th September at Lough Allen Spa Hotel in Drumshanbo

Leitrim may not have any traffic lights but they can claim something else that no other county in Ireland can – they are host to the 34th International Naturist Congress that comes to Ireland this weekend.

Over 20 countries are expected to be in attendance over the 4-day nudist gathering.

The small woodland town of Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim seems an unlikely spot for nudists so we decided to give you a rundown of six things you should know about the event taking place over the next few days.

  1. It’s the first gathering of its kind in Ireland, the congress aims to promote "touristic naturism" - despite the fact that public nudity remains illegal in Ireland and there are no officially designated nudist areas.
  2. It’s ‘clothing-optional’ in the conference room but some delegates may get up to speak in the nude. Naturally.
  3. Attendees are permitted to wear no clothes around the grounds of the hotel but once they go beyond the sleepy hamlet, they’ll have to cover up.
  4. There’s a gala dinner tomorrow night which has a ‘smart casual’ dress code.
  5. Fáilte Ireland reckons the nudists from Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, the USA, Continental Europe and the UK, will spend a more than €150,000 in the town and its environs.
  6. Drumshanbo’s local postmaster will not be taking part in the event but he told The Sunday World newspaper: “Sure, I’ll go down for a look myself – there’s a viewing point where I have a gander at them!”