An old style barber shop in a pub, Ming the Merciless, Freddie Mercury, Ali G, ‘Bad Santa’ and many more costumed characters all were part of the charity night held in Baggots Back Door Lounge Clara last Friday night as part of Movember - in aid of Action Prostate Cancer Ireland.
50 local men took part in the Movember - Grow a moustache campaign, with most of the guys having their fine moustache specimens shaved off in the fabulously designed Barber Shop area of Baggots Lounge. The party night itself was a fantastic success with a large crowd in attendance with most of the guys in costumes of various style and splendour.
The Movember project sees men all over the world take part in a charity event for the month of November where each guy grows a moustache and wears with pride in aid of national cancer charities- in this case Action Prostate Cancer Ireland and the Irish Cancer Society. The project seeks both to raise funds and also importantly raise awareness of the issue of prostate cancer in Ireland.
Each year 500 men die of prostate cancer and more than 2,800 men are diagnosed each year. However with early diagnosis recovery from this cancer has a very high success rate, unfortunately not enough men seek medical help or discuss their problem early enought. The Movember project helps break that fear and lack of discussion.
At the beginning of Movember, Clara locals Andrew Dignam and Aaron Baggot got together to organise a team of guys to take part in the campaign and to plan the Barber Shop Party night. Initially it was thought a team of ten to fifteen guys could be got together, but when the word went out fifty guys committed to grow moustaches and fundraise.
As of time of writing that team known as The HairyHoors are currently lying fourth on the All-Ireland fundraising leader board with €8,500 raised and sent in already. This is a tremendous result and the organisers wish to thank all who participated, fundraised, sponsored and supported the team over the last few weeks.
The organisers wish to thank the following in particular who supported and took part in the event.
Grace Doyle, Therese Stones, Karen Scanlon, Lisa Power, Louise Buckley, Heineken Ireland, Margaret Naughton, Mark Murray, Adam Tracey, Alan Cronin, Jonny Fallon, Keir Mannerings, Andrew Cushen, Ken Monaghan, Kevin Bracken, Adrian “Sweeny Todd” Seymour, Brian Dolan, Kevin Meehan, Chris Murphy, Lionel Rabbitte , Darren McCormack, Leon Lowry, Darren Kelly, , David Kelly, Martin Devine Snr, David Reynolds, Mark Willis,Deasun Baggot, Mick Mullen, Derek McMahon, Michael Corrigan, Dermot Kelly, Michael Handy, Diarmuid Donoghue, Niall Kinnarney, Evan Doyle, Nigel Monaghan, Fergal Moran, Noel Buckley, Fiachra O’Connor, Pat Flanagan, Frank Moran, Pat Finn, Ger Tracey, Ronan Lally, Greg Tierney, Stuart Marlow, James Stewart, Thomas Dunne, Joe Quinn, Tom Callaghan, John Buckley, Tony Dalton, John Reynolds, Wayne Bracken, John Graham and William Dignam
The progress and success so far of The HairyHoors team can be checked out at http://ie.movember.com/momoney/team
So if anyone missed out on sponsoring some of the lads - you can still do so this week up December 8, just visit the link above and click on the HairyHoors team name and then click Donate.
Your donations will automatically be forwarded to Action Prostate Cancer Ireland.