Saturday 1 November 2014

Marty Whelan accepts ice bucket challenge following nomination by Daithi O'Se at the Rose of Tralee

Published 19/08/2014 | 09:31

Marty Whelan
Marty Whelan

Lyric FM presenter Mary Whelan has agreed to endure the ice bucket challenge having been nominated by Daithi O'Se on the first live Rose of Tralee show last night.

The challenge originated in the US and involves being doused in a bucket of ice water in aid of ALS (known as Motor Neurone Disease or MND in Ireland), and nominating three more people to take part.

Rose of Tralee presenter Daithi was nominated by his mother-in-law and before he took part he nominated three former Rose presenters; Ray D'Arcy, Ryan Tubridy, and Marty Whelan.

Speaking to Kathryn Thomas on the John Murray Show on RTE Radio 1 this morning, Marty agreed to rise to the challenge, after several minutes of evading the question.

"I didn't expect to be dragged into the bucket along with the two other lads," he said.

"I'm on a dry run today for Winning Streak so how could I possibly be pelted?"

Kathryn suggested the challenge be set up to take place this afternoon once the dry run was over, but Marty quipped, "My make-up will run!"

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After several more minutes evading the question by querying whether or not he could wear a vest, Mary said he would of course do the challenge "at a time of my choosing".

Finally, he added, "If this highlights something like Motor Neurone Disease, which took one of our colleagues lately, God bless Colm, then I will do it".

Marty was referring to RTE broadcaster Colm Murray who passed away after a long battle with MND in July last year.

Should Mary partake in the challenge he'll be joining a list of celebrities including Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, JLo and Taylor Swift.

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Irish people wishing to take part can do the challenge for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).  Or text MND to donate €2 to 50300 (100% of the text goes to IMNDA, some providers may apply VAT).

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