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Stradbally duo ‘inking’ up for Kolbe Special School fundraiser

Well this is certainly going to cause some stir – and all for a good cause too!

Two of Stradbally’s most known residents have come together for a fundraiser for Kolbe Special School.

Life-long friends Bryan ‘Reggie’ Lalor and Joe Deegan have come up with a rather novel way to raise money for a very worthy cause.

On Saturday July 6 in Dunnes Pub in Stradbally, Bryan will have a portrait of Joe’s face and half his chest tattooed onto his leg on a night of live tattooing.

The fantastic tattooist, Dan Bailey, of True Blue Tattoo will be there to sculpt the replica of Deegan onto Lalor’s limb on the night where entertainment will be provided by talented local musician Alice Laffan.

Bryan said: “To say this is a special way of trying to make funds for Kolbe is an understatement. It’s unique and funny – imagine having to look at Joe every morning when you wake up!”

Mr Lalor revealed that the pair had the idea of a fundraiser for the school in Portlaoise because a number of the children who attend it come from Stradbally.

And speaking to LaoisToday, Bryan revealed that a number of businesses have got behind them already.

He said: “We will have a raffle on the night and a number of prizes have already been donated by local businesses.

“The main prize is a €350 voucher for a tattoo by True Blue Tattoo in Stradbally, which is an incredible prize to win. We also have a hamper from SuperValu, a Cork jersey and many more will be confirmed in the coming days.

Joe Deegan

“On Saturday June 30, we will be present at the entrance to SuperValu collecting any donations no matter how big or small – all monies will be greatly appreciated.”

Raffle tickets on the night are €2 for a strip or 3 strips for €5 while complimentary finger food will also be provided by Sylvester and Catherine Phelan.

Bryan Reggie Lalor

The action will get underway at 4.30pm and the tattoo itself is set to take around 5 hours to complete.

Bryan said: “We are hoping to see a good turnout onto the night and it will be good craic too.

“It is all for a very cause as Kolbe Special School helps children from Stradbally and Laois in general.”

Best of luck to the two lads!

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