Garvey - Event Manager - Westport, Mayo, Ireland

Maire Garvey

Westport, Mayo, Ireland


I've always been a good organiser, and have organised various events and functions through the years on an ad hoc basis, often as an element of a job, sometimes as a volunteer. In 2009, however, I ramped things up by organising the worlds first skinny dip for charity - the Dip in the Nip. Since then, the event has gone from strength to strength, has been copied often (though never bettered) and has raised nearly €400,000 for various cancer charities around Ireland.


Event Manager


I took life-long organisational skills to the next level in '09 when I organised Irelands - and the worlds - first skinny dip for charity: the Dip in the Nip. Now a national event, it has raised nearly €400K for cancer charities around Ireland.

Work History

Radio Presenter/Producer (temporary, part-time)

CRC Radio, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

March 2013 - September 2013

Produced and often presented a topical news show - the only such afternoon show on local radio in Mayo. This involved research stories, lining up expert speakers to discuss them, and often interviewing them as well.

Administrator (part-time)

Sligo Chamber of Commerce

March 2011 - September 2011

Job-shared all administrative functions - e.g. correspondence, diary-keeping, financial records, etc. Sole responsibility for all social media activity, including workshops for members.


Dip in the Nip

From concept to implementation, from small beginnings to national prominence, I have nurtured the Dip in the Nip since I first launched it in 2009. I have created partnerships and recruited volunteers to help develop and grow the event, this garnering a higher profile and more funds for the partnering charities.


Dip in the Nip

I could talk about the Dip until the cows come home, but like they say, a picture paints a thousand words. And a video an awful lot more!

Suffice it to say that, as well as raising hundreds of thousands for local cancer charities over the last 6 years, the Dip also gives its participants (Dippers) something unique: as one Dipper eloquently put it, it 'gave her her body back'. It's exhilarating, unique, fun and liberating!

Qualifications & Certifications

MA (Research) in Philosophy

Milltown Institute of Philosophy and Theology

Royal & Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe, Co. Donegal

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