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Sunday 26 March 2017

THE BUCKET LIST

Cork East TD Sandra McLellan takes part in the Ice Bucket Challenge
Cork East TD Sandra McLellan takes part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

BILL BROWNE

IT'S been branded the fundraiser to beat all fundraisers and like all good ideas it is as simple as it is ingenious.

All it takes is bucket full of iced water and someone willing to have that tipped over their head in the name of charity.

Over the past fortnight the Ice Bucket Challenge has become a staple of social media sites, with no shortage of A-list celebrities, sporting personalities, politicians and members of the public willing to have their dignity washed away in a torrent of ice cold water.

The craze that has swept the globe was inspired by Pat Quinn, a New York based Irish-American, who was last year diagnosed with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The Ice Bucket Challenge was born out of a drive to raise funds for research into the treatment of the condition.

It has been enthusiastically adopted by Irish people who have been dousing themselves with abandon over recent days, raising almost €1 million for the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association (IMNDA) in the process.

As our pictures show the good folk of North Cork have enthusiastically embraced the initiative, with members of Ballyhoura Macra among those taking the plunge during a night out in Mitchelstown last weekend.

From Mallow to Millstreet and from Coachford to Charleville, people from all walks of life and of all ages have taken a soaking in the name of charity, much to the amusement of friends, family and followers on social media.

At his stage there can be few people across the area who have not been challenged to give it a go.

It would appear that people across North Cork risen to that challenge en masse and enjoyed plenty of craic along the way.

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