Former Kerry football star Tadgh Kennelly and Billy Keane getting into the mood for 'Nunday' a fundraising event for Pieta House that will be held in Listowel on June 30 when locals and special guests will attempt to break the world record for the most people dressed up as nuns. Habit-forming behaviour is skyrocketing in Listowel ahead of a massive effort by the town to smash an unusual world record - for the greatest amount of people dressed as nuns in the one area.
'Nunday', as the record-breaking effort is called, takes place on June 30 next and will see hundreds of people descending on the Emmet's sportsfield all dressed as nuns before a big parade through town culminating in a Nun's 'Beat on the Street' in the Square. The event will be adjudicated by the Guinness Book of Records to see if the current record of 250 nun-dressers can be beaten by Listowel.
While the fun on the night will most certainly be madcap, it's in aid of a serious and vital cause, the Pieta House Suicide and Self-harm organisation. Nunday is the brainchild of Listowel woman Cora O'brien, who lost her son David to suicide in 2007 and she is leading efforts in Kerry to establish a Pieta House centre here.
Cora has already enlisted the help of a number of colourful local celebrities, including Billy Keane, Tadhg Kennelly and Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh, as well as Navanman Hector Ó heochagáin.
"I want to urge as many people as possible to get involved in Nunday," Cora said. "It'll be brilliant fun and it's a great way for the community to come together and raise awareness and funds for Pieta House. I'm very confident that we can break the world record here in Listowel and it would be a fantastic thing to be a part of," she said.
Billy Keane paid tribute to Cora and her husband Martin for their efforts. "Cora and Martin are an inspiration to us all; anyone who can get me to dress up in a nun's outfit has to be! It's a serious cause but we're going to have lots of fun."
Registration costs €20 and all participants will receive a nun's habit in strict compliance with the official Guinness World Record guidelines. Wannabe nuns can register now on www.nunday.eventbrite.ie or through various businesses in Listowel.