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In Pictures: Almost €100,000 raised for Laois school as Lip Sync Battle a huge success

What a success this was.

The community of Stradbally came together in the Midlands Park Hotel on Saturday night for a Lip Sync Battle that raised a fortune.

Before the night began, a staggering total of €95,000 had been raised with all funds going towards a pitch development on a new site adjacent to St Colmans National School.

Nine acts went head to head on Saturday in front of judges Johnny Ward, Richard Mansworth, Grainne Buggie and Esther Luttrell.

We had Queen, Tina Turner and Beyonce, Candymen, Eurovision, Tinder Ladies, Young Offenders, Desperate Housewives, Eastboys and Shameless Five.

Members of every organisations and group in the town and the surrounding villages of Vicarstown and Timahoe were represented in the packed Maryborough Suite with over 500 people in attendance.

After all the acts performed, the judges and the audience voted for their favourites with ‘Kings of Queen’ coming out on top.

The act was made up of Brian Oxley, Ger Leonard, John Oxley, Pat Brennan and Michael Brennan – who certainly made the late Freddie Mercury proud.

Meanwhile, there was also a prize for the act that raised the most money and that was the Desperate Housewives.

This fantastic foursome of Melissa Ryan, Lisa Foley, Martina Lynch and Lorna Tuohy raised €11,000 all by themselves.

The acts then partied into the night with Brochan Reilly on the decks.

We have a selection of pictures from photographers Lorraine Strang and Alf Harvey below.

We also have a highlights video which you can watch below:

The winners. KIngs of Queen perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The winners. KIngs of Queen perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The winners. KIngs of Queen perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Judging in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Tina Turner and BeyoncŽ perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Tina Turner and BeyoncŽ perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Candyman perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Eurovision Party perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Eurovision Party perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Eurovision Party perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
All The Tinder Ladies perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The Young Offenders perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The Young Offenders perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Desperate Housewives perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Desperate Housewives perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Eastboys perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The Shameless Five perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
The Shameless Five perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Eastboys perform in the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Brian Oxley with Kings of Queen performing on their way to winning the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Pat Brennan with Kings of Queen performing on their way to winning the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.
Alan Shortt interviews Kings of Queen after performing on their way to winning the St. ColmanÕs NS Lip Sync Battle in the Midlands Park Hotel.
Photo: Alf Harvey.

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