34 ‘dogging’ locations listed across County Londonderry

ALMOST four thousand people across Londonderry and Donegal are registered members of a website openly advocating exotic lifestyle practices in some of the North West’s most popular outdoor public spaces.

The Ervey Woods are listed as a dogging location on a popular site for Londonderry swingers.
The Ervey Woods are listed as a dogging location on a popular site for Londonderry swingers.

Last month DUP Alderman Maurice Devenney called for action to stop people carrying out lewd sexual acts in Prehen and Ness Wood. He told the Sentinel there had been an escalation in indecent behaviour, commonly known as ‘dogging.’

He was contacted by people in a distressed state who had accidentally stumbled upon people engaged in such exotic activities. Now the Sentinel can reveal that 3,729 people in Counties Londonderry and Donegal have signed up to ‘Swing4Ireland,’ which claims to be ‘Ireland’s number 1 swinging site!’ ‘Swinging’ according to the website is the phenomenon of couples and single people “attempting to meet exciting sensuous people who are interested in the same of similar lifestyle activities.”

In Londonderry this is manifest by people openly advertising places such as Ervey Woods and Prehen Playing Fields as well as areas in the vicinity of a number of well-known public bars as meeting places for ‘dogging.’

One individual purporting to be a 39-year-old single man and describing himself as a “discreet, good-looking professional” looking for “no strings attached fun” recommends Ervey Woods as a site for ‘dogging’ and “daytime and evening fun.”

Another, claiming to be a 38-year-old single man describes himself as “sex mad Ryan” and recommends Prehen Playing Fields for ‘dogging.’

He advises anyone looking for fun to flash their lights ten times at 10pm each Friday night at Prehen. He says he’s feeling adventurous and is interested in women only.

A 37-year-old man called Gerry says: “We’re just a good looking couple who got a bit bored with having the usual sex with each other, so we started experimenting with swinging in Amsterdam.” Other sites across the border include areas in Moville, Newtowncunningham and Letterkenny.

There’s a monthly swinging club run out of private flats in Donegal, advertised on the website. According to the people behind the ‘Unique Swinger Club’ a group meets once a month at an undisclosed venue to ‘swing.’

“Clothing optional, drinks and food available...each month’s date sent out to all members via email. To join email with pic,” the organisers explain.

Across the island Londonderry was in 14th place in terms of membership with 1,670 members. This was surpassed by Donegal, which was in 12th place with 2,059 members. In Tyrone membership was much lower at 913 members. The site has been registered via Enom Inc with the registrant listed as the Symbios Group. Symbios has offices in Segensworth, in Hampshire, and claims that by 2006 it “had become a leading player in the acquisition and development of community and dating sites. These included brands such as Faces.com, Profileheaven, and Face-pic and...alternative lifestyle sites.”