Customers of the Barne Lodge in Clonmel got more than a pint of the usual on Sunday when proprietor Elaine Carew Kirwan swapped the bar taps for a song sheet.
It’s all part of the novel Raise the Bar for CF fundraising campaign by Cystic Fibrosis Ireland supported by the Vintners Federation of Ireland and the Licensed Vintners Association which sees bar owners across the country become stars in their own bars for one night only.
As part of the challenge, a nominated pub owner or bartender must sing a song for customers, record it, have a whip around collection in the bar for CF, post it online with the amount collected, and then nominate another pub to take up the next performance.
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is hoping as many pubs as possible will get involved in the challenge and have set the bar at raising €65,000 for cystic fibrosis supports and services.
Elaine nominated Nora O’Sullivan, Nenagh, Gerry Chawke, Clonmel and Gus O’Mahony, Crossbarry to raise the bar for CF in their public houses next.
For Elaine Carew Kirwan, offering customers the very best in entertainment is all in a day’s work, and speaking prior to the event she said: “For weeks now I have been practising my scales and attending a singing coach to get my vocals just right.
“I’ve been singing in the shower, in the cellar, even in the bed to ensure that my performance will be simply unforgettable, and hopefully in a good way!
Fergal Smyth, Fundraising Manager, Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, is urging other pubs to follow suit.
“I want to say a really heartfelt thank you to the Barne Lodge, and Elaine in particular, for putting herself out there and for leading the way in taking up this challenge.
“We would encourage other pubs to take up the gauntlet thrown down by Elaine and see if they can do better!
Not only will they be giving customers every incentive to visit their fine establishment, but they will be helping to raise much-needed funds for cystic fibrosis too.
“Who knows but they could also potentially solve another problem and find our next Eurovision winner too!”
To find out more information on the appeal visit www.cfireland.ie or LoCall 1890 311 211.
You can post your videos online to the Cystic Fibrosis Ireland Facebook Page under Events – Raise the Bar for CF.
You can donate directly to the Raise the Bar Challenge at www.mycharity.ie/event/raisethebarforcysticfibrosis