LIVE 95FM presenter JP Dillon emerged from behind the glass in Brown Thomas after 95 hours of captivity and sucked in a few welcome breaths of fresh air.
“That is absolutely fabulous, that feels lovely on the face I can tell you, I just got a lovely blast of fresh air,” he laughed, as a large crowd of onlookers welcomed him back into the wild at noon last Saturday.
Dillon had been caged behind class in the department store in order to raise funds for the CARI Foundation and the Children's Ark Unit in the Regional Hospital as part of the local radio station's Living in a Window for Limerick Kidz initiative.
Thousands of euro has been raised as a result – likely more than last year's figure of €30,000.
JP McManus donated €10,000, while Mayor Cllr Jim Long brought together €3000 and people from all walks of life – including children emptying piggy banks – supported the project.
Dillon said it was “an interesting experience”. “People have really got behind this. I was always aware that people in Limerick are very generous and will support their own, but when you see it first hand
like this, it really brings it home to you that people recognise the importance of the two charities involved,” he said.