University of Limerick students go nearly naked for charity


Things are getting chilly out on the University of Limerick campus this Christmas, but it’s all for a good cause.

The UL Wolves ‘Nearly Naked Calendar’ was the brainchild of Karis Pilkington-Boyne, a member of UL’s Rowing Club who wanted to create a fun event capturing the ethos of UL Clubs and Societies and give back to charity while doing so.

But it wasn’t until she approached David Moloney of the UL Photography Society that the “Nearly Naked Calendar” came into sharper focus.

From strategically-placed rugby balls to putting a whole new spin on the meaning of “outdoor pursuits”, students from nine different clubs and societies rallied together to raise funds for Pieta House and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.

As well as raising money for the chosen charities, the calendar will act as a platform to promote Clubs and Societies to a wider audience, and the hope is that this initiative will be the start of an annual charity calendar.

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Clubs and Societies Administrator Karen Sheahan remarked, “Our members have been so brave to bare all. This student-led initiative just shows how much the students at UL care for our chosen charities. We are so proud of all involved!”

Nine of the university’s clubs and societies have taken part including the Tag Rugby Club, Rowing Club, Surf Club, Sub-Aqua Club, Outdoor Pursuits Club, Photography Society, Mountain Biking Club, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Club and the Swim Club.

Events and Engagement Coordinator Lee Dillon described the calendar as a brilliant initiative and said that Limerick should be proud of UL students’ commitment to local charity

The calendar is now on sale from UL Student Life reception for €10. Further details can be had by contacting [email protected]