103% Funded


Target: €9840


€10,200 Raised


139 Funders

From Dirt and Dips to Dryrobes

By Eileen O'Duffy


I have been obsessed with the sea all my life and writing this book in my head for about the last 20 years! The book is finally written and the typesetting and layout are in progress. It will be ready to go to print when the funds are available. I am not looking for donations/pledges. Simply preorder From Dirt to Dips to Dryrobes to support the publication of this book. The book is a labour of love, a cost recovery, local community project.

Bathing in Dún Laoghaire through the ages

The coastal town of Dún Laoghaire has always had a strong historical connection with the sea. Over the years, local baths were central to the daily lives of the community. More recently, an increasing number of swimmers, young and old, have taken to the sea to reap the benefits for their physical and mental wellbeing.
From Dirt and Dips to Dryrobes traces the origins of baths and bathing from the 19th and 20th century baths and washhouses to the present day open sea swimming. It provides an insight into how these activities have changed to reflect society and the norms of the time, and includes fascinating images from the past and present.

The book is A4 Landscape size and has a laminated hard cover with 160 pages printed on 150gsm silk paper. This paper is made by binding silk fibres together to create a luxurious feel to touch. It is not a book for the handbag, but a beautiful book for the coffee table. 

What are the benefits of preordering?

There will be a limited number of 1,000 copies of the book published. Supporters who preorder will be invited to attend a launch to collect their books at the Forty Foot, Sandycove in August 2021 TBC, subject to Covid restrictions. The list of supporters will be included in the book.

Pricing and security

Each book costs €35. If you want to order more than one copy, please calculate as follows:
1 book €35
2 books €70
3 books €105
4 books €140 etc.

Fund It is an Ireland-based crowdfunding website. All-or-nothing funding means that Fund it obtains card authorization from Funders to debit their account if the given Project reaches its funding goal.
The target of €9,840 includes the cost of printing, typesetting, design and image licenses. It also includes an eight percent fee charged by Fund It.


How will I collect the book?

Please note books will not be posted. If you are unable to attend the launch in August, I will post regular updates here on Fund It with details of collection points and dates. I can also arrange delivery in the local Dún Laoghaire area.

Thanks everybody for all the support and encouragement to date and thanks to all the local swimmers who have sent me their stories, quotations and beautiful photos.