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Tuesday 25 July 2017

Zombies show caring side for 'Thriller' charity bid

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

MORE THAN 100 "zombies" danced through a town square as part of a global record attempt to "Thrill the World".

Bowling shoes worn by Michael Jackson during his last visit to Ireland with his children also went on show as part of the charity fundraiser in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on Saturday.

The King of Pop had brought his three children, Prince Michael I, Paris and Prince Michael II, or 'Blanket', to a leisure complex in Tullamore on October 16, 2006 where he wore the special shoes.

The Irish entry to a global world record attempt for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson's hit 'Thriller' was performed in Market Square in Tullamore.

The Carers Association got Michael Jackson look-a-likes and 'moonwalkers' to raise funds for family carers.

"When Michael Jackson lived in the midlands for four months he took his children bowling in Tullamore. The bowling centre have kept his size nine bowling shoes that he wore, and no one has worn them since. We were delighted to have them onstage for our event," said Emma Murphy of the Carers Association.

John Carroll, who owns the leisure complex with his wife, Breda, was astounded when Jackson strolled into Cosmic Bowl on October 16, 2006.

The tragic pop star who died in June last year visited the centre as he was recording in the nearby Grouse Lodge Studios in Co Westmeath.

The Carers Association has its national headquarters in Tullamore and represents more than 160,000 families.

Irish Independent

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