Getting 'lippy' for a Great Listowel cause

Brilliant night at 'Lip Sing' event for Áras Mhuire Nursing Home

Queen B’ - winners of the public vote: Rebecca O’Sullivan, Courtney Neill, Ava Joy and Emma McCarthy keepin’ it real. Photos by John Kelliher
Queen B’ - winners of the public vote: Rebecca O’Sullivan, Courtney Neill, Ava Joy and Emma McCarthy keepin’ it real. Photos by John Kelliher
The judges with their own act on the night: Joanna Keane O’Flynn, Cllr Mike Kennelly, Betty McGrath and MC Brendan Fuller giving Danny Russell a lift!

Fergus Dennehy

Listowel Community Centre was well and truly rocking last Saturday night as a huge crowd descended on the venue to show their support for Áras Mhuire Nursing Home.

'Lip Along to the Song' featured more than 10 groups, and music from movies and acts such as 'The Greatest Showman', 'Moulin Rouge', 'Glee', 'The Cranberries', 'Adele' and 'ABBA'.

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Deemed a vital fundraiser for the nursing home, which as an independent home receives limited HSE funding, all money raised from the night will be going towards helping to convert some of smaller rooms in the home into bigger single and double-bed rooms.

"It was a fantastic night. We've had huge feedback from the people there on the night and it seems that everyone had a fantastic time. We laughed and laughed the whole night," said the nursing home's manager, Trish Joy.

At the helm was the always excellent Brendan Fuller from Radio Kerry, who was joined on the night by judges Danny Russell, Betty McGrath, Joanne Flynn and Councillor Mike Kennelly, all of whom had the unenviable challenge of picking a winner.

The winners of the public vote were Ava Joy, Rebecca O'Sullivan, Courtney Neill and Emma McCarthy, known collectively as 'Queen B'.

The judges' vote then went to the group representing Áras Mhuire Nursing Home itself - made up of Mary O'Halloran, Helen Clancy, Dena Costello and Mary Kate Healy - whose act was designed to reflect the youthful spirit that the nursing home tries to encourage in its residents.

"We are a nursing home that promotes living life to the full. We have one man in his 80s going on his very first flight soon," said Trish in recent days.

While there is no official tally yet on the amount of money raised from the event, Trish said that they are hopeful of reaching their target of €6,000. 

The nursing home is also set to benefit from the upcoming Ring of Kerry Cycle, which will help to meet much of the cost of the renovations.

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