Hairy moment as dyehards break records
IT was just yesterday morning that Ann Mulvin noticed a clump of hair had fallen out.
So rather than sit at home and dwell over it, the mother from Stillorgan, Dublin, joined a lengthy queue of men and woman.
They were all due to have their heads shaved or dyed a startling green, white or orange to raise money for the Irish Cancer Society.
But broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan helped to shave Ann's head.
"I found a lump in my breast in October and then I found out I had breast cancer and went on and had the surgery," Ann said.
"That didn't remove all of it so I had to get a mastectomy and my nodes removed. Then I started chemotherapy two weeks ago.
"I was always going to make a deal about shaving my hair off. I was going to do it at home and invite a few friends around.
"Then this thing came up. The timing was just perfect because my hair started to fall out this morning. So I said I have to go with it, that was it.
"I wasn't expecting this amount of fuss," she laughed after Ms O'Callaghan helped shave off her locks.
She was accompanied by her daughters Lucy (6), and Alice (4), and some friends, to the Shave or Dye event in Dublin city centre, organised by Today FM
More than 142 people raising money for the Irish Cancer Society also submitted to having their heads shaved -- some rather willingly -- at the hands of Miriam, Daithi O Se and rugby star Rob Kearney.
Peter Mark senior colourist, Damien Bennett, was sporting red-hued eyes to match his tinged fingertips by the time his exhausting 24-hour marathon to dye a further 62 heads green, white and orange, to replicate the Irish flag, was over.
Radio DJ Ray D'Arcy announced live on air that they had succeeded in their epic hair-dyeing marathon to enter the 'Guinness Book of World Records'.
"It has been a resounding success. The question is will there be a Shave or Dye 2013 and on today's experience the answer is 'Yes'. I'm very tired now," the DJ said as he sported a new neon orange hairstyle.
"This was a new Guinness World Record for the most heads of hair dyed in 24-hours by an individual.
"We set a minimum standard for the Guinness World Records of 50 heads and Damien managed 62 so he well and truly smashed it," Katie Forde, from the Guinness Book of World Records, said. "It will be put forward for inclusion in next year's book."
First in line to forego her shoulder-length, wavy hair for a crew cut was Kate O'Meara (33) from Toomevara, who admits she'll now feel the chill while working feeding horses on the Kilboy Estate stud farm in north Tipperary.
"I lost two close family members to cancer -- my mam, Maureen, and my uncle's wife, Mary. They both died under 50 and had young families. That is my inspiration. Every family has been touched by cancer," she said.
Cancer will affect one in three people in Ireland during their lifetime and it is estimated 40,000 new cases will be diagnosed in Ireland by 2020.
So far the radio station's third annual Shave or Dye campaign has raised more than €250,000 for the Irish Cancer Society, with more than 8,000 events still due to be held. The number of events has tripled from last year's campaign, which raised €1.37m.