Walk down the aisle a second time in aid of Breast Cancer Research

Donal O'Regan


Donal O'Regan

Walk down the aisle a second time in aid of Breast Cancer Research

Dresses fit like it was yesterday: Karen Walsh, Lisa Shanahan, Martina Lenihan, Christine O'Brien and Margaret Hynan Picture: Brendan Gleeson

GET A second wear out of your wedding and bridesmaid dress at a nuptial-inspired fundraiser for Breast Cancer Research in Doon on Saturday night.

Grooms and best men are welcome too in the Local Bar – in their suits or even a bridal gown if they fancy!

The brides and bridesmaids party is being organised by Lisa Shanahan, Doon, who got breast cancer seven years ago when she was 28. It was just four months after having her first child.

“We had no history in the family so it was a big shock. I had a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation and herceptin treatment – it took two years to complete,” said Lisa.

While battling cancer she raised €12,000 for the Irish Cancer Society and the Mid-Western Cancer Unit by selling a calendar of GAA players wearing pink and a monster raffle. Her father generously donated a vintage jeep.

Seven years on she feels it is time to collect more money and this time it is for Breast Cancer Research.

“Without this charity I would most likely not be here today,” said Lisa, who was inspired by her good friend Martina Lenihan.

“She got married on New Year’s Eve. When she came from the honeymoon she was saying she couldn’t believe that she only got to wear her wedding dress for what felt like five minutes after spending all that money.

“Originally we had the idea that we would re-enact the scene from Friends  where Monica, Phoebe and Rachel were sitting on the couch, eating popcorn and drinking beer in wedding dresses. Martina and everybody I said it to thought it was a great idea so I said to myself there must be more crazy ladies who want to wear their dresses again! And turn it into a fundraiser,” said Lisa.

She mentioned it to a few more girls around the village and they all thought it was a novel idea so the brides and bridesmaids party in the Local was born.

Lisa stresses that men are welcome too. 

“We want to get the message out there because the idea is so female-orientated but men suffer from breast cancer as well. They can come in their suits, normal clothes or pop into a wedding dress!”

Since news has spread of the brides and bridesmaids party the organisers have got a huge reaction with many women heading up to the attic to dig out their wedding dress. 

The fun starts at 9.30pm on Saturday and you are advised to get there early as over 200 are expected to support the good cause. Entry is free.

“We are currently selling tickets for a draw to be held on the night. There will be a raffle and an auction, games and spot prizes. Donations are also welcome,” said Lisa, who like many are looking forward to walking down the aisle again.

See the brides and bridesmaids party Facebook page for more information.