IT'S what all those factory stress-tests on bras were for!
Over-the-shoulder-holders were pushed to their very limits in Ballylongford on Sunday for a community event that had the whole place falling around in tears of laughter. The clash between 'Ballylongford Ladyboys' and 'Moyvane Shemales' showed how today's recessionary atmosphere can be enlivened when turned into an even bigger drag!
"We were thrilled with it," Ballylongford Benevolent Society organiser Jennifer Allen told The Kerryman.
What had them laughing hard all afternoon was nothing other than the sight of a field full of popular local chaps, playing football while dressed entirely in women's clothes.
"We had veterans players and all sorts and even a few who had never played football before in their lives but just really wanted to wear a dress!" Jennifer laughed. "The action got even more exciting in the second-half by which time they realised they could catch and pull each other's bras. It was hilarious and fair play to them all."
The night culminated in Speedy's and Nookie's bars on Quay Street, where a massive charity auction was held in the former. All the day's fun was for a very good cause of course.
"We set up the Ballylongford Benevolent Society in recent weeks to raise funds for deserving local causes and we have one or two in mind now that will benefit from Sunday's fun. We also can't thank local businesses enough, from the village to Tralee and Killarney who gave us fantastic prizes for our auction.
"We had supermarket vouchers, vouchers for clothes shops, shoe shops and so much more and we were able to put together different lots. For instance with the Listowel Races coming up we had packages where the top bidders got vouchers to deck themselves out for the races, from hair appointments to footwear vouchers!"
More than anything else, it provided the quiet village with a great boost in these economically-times. "The best thing of all was seeing the community spirit as strong as ever before, it was a great boost for Ballylongford," postmistress Jennifer said.