Inspired by the award winning film 'The Full Monty', five Donegal men bare all for charity.
With the film ‘The Full Monty’ as their inspiration, five Donegal men are making the ultimate sacrifice for charity, performing a striptease show in the Pulse Nightclub in Letterkenny.
FÁS worker Lawrence Wilkie is the veteran of the group, as he has been stripping for the past nine years. Initially he was only required to get down to his boxer shorts,
Now they want the Full Monty.
At 18 years of age, bicycle repair man Joe Hunter is the youngest member of the group. He has kept his stripping a secret from his girlfriend, colleague and family. His mother has a front row ticket for the charity show, but has no idea that her son will be taking part in it. Joe thinks she will get a big shock as
She hasn’t seen me like that there since I was a wean.
Traffic warden Mickey Curran, the shortest man in the group, admits he will be very nervous on the night and hopes he will not recognise too many of the people in the audience.
Rehearsals for the show are held in the Pulse Nightclub, where disc jockey Philip Gormley works every weekend, entertaining up to 2000 people with his special mix. Performing in front of a crowd does not daunt him, although he usually clothed at the time.
Nightclub bouncer Paul O’Leary has discovered he enjoys stripping and is really looking forward to the show, so much so, that he treated patrons of the Strand Bar to a sneak preview of his charity performance.
I know it’s for a good cause and I’m just looking forward to the fun of it.
Clad in costumes specially designed for quick removal, Donegal's finest specimens take to the stage in front of a packed house, and their show receives a rapturous reception from the women in the audience.
A ‘Nationwide’ report broadcast on 4 September 1998. The reporter is Stella Carroll.