County Limerick hurlers and teachers to give plenty lip in ‘battle’ to raise funds

Aine Fitzgerald

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Liam Walsh with Willie Stapleton, Kevin O'Mahony and Robbie Egan, Kilmallock, at the launch of the Lip Sync Battles

Liam Walsh with Willie Stapleton, Kevin O'Mahony and Robbie Egan, Kilmallock, at the launch of the Lip Sync Battles

COUNTY Limerick GAA stars, teachers and parents will be perfecting their pop, rock, and hip-hop moves and grooves ahead of a fundraising lip sync challenge in March.

Scoil Mocheallóg primary school in Kilmallock and Kilmallock GAA club are co-hosting a Lip Sync Battles show to raise funds for the state-of-the-art new school, and club.

The event takes place in Charleville Park Hotel on Friday, March 29.

“We will have hurlers, parents and teachers taking part. They will be doing everything from pop and rock to hip-hop and country and western,” explained Michael O’Connor, principal Scoil Mocheallóg following the launch of the event at the Kilmallock Pastoral Centre on Monday night.

The last fundraising endeavour, Strictly Come Dancing, provided finances to fund extra facilities and amenities for the benefit of pupils.

“The purpose of this major fundraising initiative is to raise funds for the day-to-day running of the school. With insurance and energy costs alone amounting to €30,000 annually we are constantly challenged to meet the school’s financial commitments. We are joining with Kilmallock GAA to run this event as a joint venture,” Mr O’Connor explained.

Kilmallock GAA caters for almost 180 players from U6 right up to senior and in the last number of years they have been very successful in a number of grades.

Over the years there has been a strong link between Scoil Mocheallóg and Kilmallock GAA with most players getting their first taste of hurling and football under the guidance of the teachers in the school.

The club is continuously trying to improve facilities and equipment for training for all teams.

The club also provides facilities for Kilmallock Camogie, Coláiste Iósaef secondary school and the south and county boards.

“The lip sync fundraiser will be a great boost to the club’s funds and we hope it will also be a great social event for all of Kilmallock and surrounding areas,” said a club spokesperson.

Over 40 contestants will be participating in the event.

Kilmallock GAA and Scoil Mocheallóg are deeply appreciative of the public’s support in the past “and we look forward to your wholehearted support of this exciting fundraising event”.