‘Pinkalicious’ raises €21,500 and counting in Kilmallock

Meg Curran with The Webb O’Rourke Family Photo John Mortell

‘To say thank you is not enough’ – Meg Curran. Meg Curran (Wiley) and her family would like to thank each and everyone who made the recent ‘Pinkalicious’ in Kilmallock the tremendous success that it was.
Words cannot adequately describe the atmosphere that was engendered in Mike Houlihan’s 41 Bar on Saturday last – it was simply electric.
Meg chose an early start time of 6pm, as, since her diagnosis, she finds it difficult to stay chatting and awake late in the night, and also felt it would probably be 8pm before people arrived.
The doors duly opened at 6pm, and, within minutes, people poured in. You could immediately see happy smiling faces, people who had not seen each other for a while, and those that met every other day.

Going all pink
Alanna Murphy and Sarah Finn started off the night with their wonderful voices, while attendees laughed and complimented the great efforts of both men and women for the ‘Pink’ theme. Many went to such great lengths.
Master of ceremonies, John Fitzgerald, even wore a bright pink wig with some funky glasses. The best dressed couple award went to Meg and Paul Curran, a ‘fix’ some might say, but it was all down to Paul’s striking pink jacket that won the prize. All for a bit of fun.
Finbarr Walsh and Simpli Photography, and John Mortell Photography (Vale Star) were both on standby to capture the very special moments.

Food for everyone
Yvonne O’Brien of Mad Bird Creations created an outstanding piece of art where people got ‘selfie’ moments to treasure. A memory tree, provided by Pat Hennessy of Hennessy’s Nurseries, will be erected soon in Kilmallock Memorial Park where people can remember their loved ones who lost their fight to cancer.
As the evening continued, Bulgaden Castle provided food for everyone and local ladies even baked cupcakes for the night. Everyone bopped to the sounds of Smoking Criminals and Handipak, and then the draw took place, with those in attendance amazed by the fabulous prizes on offer.

€25,000 target
Prizes, that Meg said were brought to her, without having to ask twice – she was just amazed by the generosity. Funds raised will go to the Mid-West Cancer Foundation and the whopping amount to date is €21,500.
“My goal was €10,000, Meg told the Vale Star. Then it went to €15,000 and, I thought, imagine if we got €20,000, now I want to hit €25,000. So, dig deep, the gofundme page will remain active for a few more days and donations are still pouring in.”
“To say I am proud is an understatement, I would once again like to thank Clodagh Houlihan, Niamh Webb O’Rourke, Nicole Early, ticket sellers, sponsors, musicians and photographers, Bulgaden Castle, Mike, Marie and all the staff that work tirelessly on the night and family and friends.”

Pride in Kilmallock
Meg signed off, “one gentleman said, you woke up the town, fair play to you, it was just what was needed. I hope this is the case, as Kilmallock is a town with a great sense of community and support, especially to me and my family since my diagnosis. It was a night that we will never forget.”