Lip Synch bat­tle helps raise €46k for Bantry char­i­ties.

Irish Examiner - County - - Front page - Áilín Quin­lan

A stag­ger­ing €46,000 was raised for two lo­cal char­i­ties by a hi­lar­i­ous two-night Lip­synch ‘Bat­tle’ in a West Cork town.

The pro­ceeds of the colour­ful and hugely suc­cess­ful event which took place at Bantry’s Mar­itime Ho­tel is to be di­vided be­tween Cork ARC Can­cer Sup­port House and Bantry Hos­pice.

The money was raised through two nights of en­ter­tain­ment and laugh­ter on Septem­ber 21 and 22 last.

Both nights were a roar­ing suc­cess, boast­ing ca­pac­ity au­di­ences which howled with laugh­ter as some 50 par­tic­i­pants on a to­tal of eleven teams bat­tled it out on­stage.

Many of the con­tes­tants had been prac­tis­ing since July.

Such was the high qual­ity of both the cos­tumes and the make-up that many well­known lo­cal par­tic­i­pants were vir­tu­ally un­recog­nis­able, ac­cord­ing to a spokesman for the or­gan­is­ers.

The show opened with a video de­tail­ing the services pro­vided by Cork ARC Can­cer Sup­port House and Bantry Hos­pice Project, put to­gether by Bren­dan Hayes and Amanda Mur­nane.

A panel of judges in­clud­ing RTÉ’s Danc­ing with the Stars

2018 win­ner Jake Carter, dance chore­og­ra­pher Orna Phe­lan, Elma Walsh from Donal Walsh Live Life Foun­da­tion and In­de­pen­dent TD Michael Healy Rae were all on hand on the night.

The spokesman for the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee said the whole com­mu­nity needed to take a bow for “com­ing to­gether with their whole-hearted gen­eros­ity, kind­ness and tal­ent”.

Bantry Hos­pice and Cork ARC Can­cer Sup­port House, Bantry, paid trib­ute to ev­ery­one who had made the event pos­si­ble and who had sup­ported it.

“The sense of com­mu­nity, hard work, good hu­mour and the spirit of giv­ing will not just be mea­sured in the money made from the event, that kind of giv­ing sends out an en­ergy to lift the hearts of all those who are strug­gling,” said a state­ment.

De­clared a spokesman: “It re­ally was an event to be savoured and will live long in the me­mory as it was an emo­tional night for so many as ev­ery­one has a story to tell and many who took part or sup­ported it was do­ing so for very per­sonal and emo­tional rea­sons. What bet­ter medicine for the soul!”

Pic­ture: Tony McEl­hin­ney

Sis­ter Act, the win­ning en­try in the Bantry LipSync Bat­tle: Eileen, Mar­ion, Stephen, An­nie and Geral­dine, after re­ceiv­ing their tro­phy from Joe Keane, Bantry Hos­pice, one of the char­i­ties to ben­e­fit from the event.

Pic­ture: Tony McEl­hin­ney

Laura and Mairéad as Jed­ward dur­ing the Bantry LipSync Bat­tle.

Pic­ture: Tony McEl­hin­ney

The Bruno Mars per­form­ers, con­sist­ing of Con­nie, Kate, Ni­amh and Michelle at the Bantry LipSync Bat­tle.

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