A Cappagh woman has bid goodbye to her long flowing locks for the moment at least and all for a very good cause.

Marie Shiels signed up for the Today FM ‘Shave or Dye’ and had her head shaved at The Black Lion, Rathkeale, a bar run by her mother Eileen Meehan, on Saturday night, raising a considerable sum for the Irish Cancer Society.

The Meehan family has been touched by cancer with Marie’s father Paddy dying from the disease in 2009. On hearing of the radio stations campaign, she immediately jumped at it, had her head shaved while other members of her family and friends had their hair dyed.

Other members of the Meehan family to take part in the fund raiser were brother Andrew who had designs put on his hair, brother Christopher and sister Debbie had it dyed while not to be left out, husband Eddie also underwent a change of colour. A number of friends also had the appearance of their hair changed by Anthony’s Hair Salon, Rathkeale who kindly provided their services free on the evening.

Marie Shiels is well known in sporting circles and is a top notch performer in Clay Pigeon Shooting. The Cappagh girl has already claimed the International Ball Trap and International Down the Line titles to go with the European Ladies individual and team titles and is the only Irish woman ever to win all three. She has been the Ladies High Gun of Ireland for the last two years.

The fundraising event to date has raised just over €2,000 and is still rising.