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Sunday 21 September 2014

Googlers splash out as ice challenge sweeps country

Published 23/08/2014 | 02:30

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Google staff Merve Babayigit and Monika Skorupskaite, both from the City Centre, during an Ice Bucket Challange at Google HQ, Dublin
Over 250 staff from Google take up Twitter's challenge and take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise €5,000 for the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association. Picture:Arthur Carron
Some of the Google staff who took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge. Picture: Arthur Carron

The ice bucket challenge is hotting up across the country as everyone from rugby pundits and soap opera stars to high-tech whizzes and gardai step up to the plate.

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Newstalk rugby pundit George Hook became the latest celebrity to endure the ice shower yesterday when doormen at Dublin's Westbury Hotel used champagne buckets filled with ice water to douse him.

Hook had been nominated for the challenge by Cork radio presenter Neil Prendeville.

But before the ice even melted, Hook nominated fellow Newstalk broadcaster Jonathan Healy as well as his friend and fellow rugby pundit Tom McGurk and rugby coach Eddie O'Sullivan to take up the challenge.

About 250 staff at the Google headquarters in Dublin also took part in a dousing yesterday, as did Fair City actress Jenny Dixon who nominated co-stars George McMahon and David O'Sullivan.

Even the head of one of the biggest garda divisions in the country couldn't resist.

Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan had 110 litres of ice cold water thrown over him outside Henry Street garda station in Limerick.

He said afterwards that he was delighted to support the cause which has raised more than €82,000 for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA).

A number of well-known faces have joined the craze with rugby star Paul O'Connell and champion jockeys Barry Geraghty, Paul Townend and trainer John Cullen becoming the latest to have buckets of iced water poured over their heads.

The charity, supporting 330 Irish people living with Motor Neurone Disease, has been overwhelmed by the public's response to the drive.

More than €20,500 or 25pc of the money raised by people making a €2 text message donation is going towards research. The remainder will support services offered by the IMNDA such as providing specialised nurses and equipment.

Irish Independent

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