Flashdance: Mob rules on the street

IT was dancing on the streets like it has never been seen before ­– and it was all for a great cause.

Passers-by in downtown Killarney were stopped in their tracks this afternoon when groups of young dancers dropped what they were doing and got in step for a rousing street performance that prompted several people to join in.

The lively flash mob high-stepped, jigged, reeled and twirled at various locations in the town – including the heart of Main Street and at Killarney Railway Station – to raise funds for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

The novel event – which gave something back in terms of fun and entertainment to those that supported the cause – was organised by Caitriona Fleming, the sister of popular Killarney man Brendan Heffernan, who passed away in 2013 as a result of cancer.

The flash mob of over 30 dancers from the Norrie King and Sheehan-Murphy Schools of Dance came together to raise awareness of the Kerry Hospice Foundation and Brendan’s former colleagues in Workmen’s Rowing Club helped out with the collection.

During Brendan’s illness he actively campaigned for many cancer centres and provided so much help to patients and their families. Funds collected today will assist in the construction of the Hospice’s 16-bed inpatient unit at Kerry General Hospital.

Brendan’s anniversary Mass will take place on Sunday, September 6 at 8.00am in St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney.

* Flash mob pictures: Valerie O’Sullivan. Click on individual images to enlarge