Carrick volunteers shed and dye their locks for Irish Cancer Society

A brave bunch of Carrick-on-Suir people have sacrificed their crowning glory to be shaved or dyed for a worthy cause.

A brave bunch of Carrick-on-Suir people have sacrificed their crowning glory to be shaved or dyed for a worthy cause.

Carrick-on-Suir did its bit for the the nationwide Today FM “Shave or Dye” fundraising campaign for the Irish Cancer Society at O’Ceallachain’s Bar on Main Street on Friday, March 2.

About six men and women gathered at the bar to have their heads ceremonially shaved by hairdressers Anne-Marie Power and Anne-Marie Hall.

And a further 13, who had their locks dyed the night before at the home of one of the fundraiser’s organisers, were also there on the night to show off their radical new look.

Organisers Sally-Anne Murphy from Oaklands Drive and Cora Maher were among the group, who got their tresses shaved off for the cause.

Sally-Anne, whose husband Colm had his hair dyed, said her father had died from cancer and her father-in-law had also battled the disease and she wanted to contribute something to this nationwide campaign.

“We had a great turnout of people to watch the shaving and we raised about E700 alone on the night. We still have to get some sponsorship cards money back but we estimate we will raise between E3000 and E4000 overall.”

Sally-Anne admitted she has actually come to like her new shaved look. “I thought it would be worse and it’s very handy though my hair is growing back already.”

She thanked O’Ceallachain’s Bar for allowing them the use of their bar, all the shops and businesses in Carrick-on-Suir that donated prizes for the raffle and all the “Shave or Dye” volunteers.

Sally Anne also thanked Sinead O’Sullivan who did the hair dying and hairdressers Anne-Marie Power and Ann-Marie Hall, who conducted the head shaving.