Lip Synch battle helps raise €46k for Bantry charities.
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!”
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.
Laura and Mairéad as Jedward during the Bantry LipSync Battle.
The Bruno Mars performers, consisting of Connie, Kate, Niamh and Michelle at the Bantry LipSync Battle.