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Claremorris women ditch smart phones and raise over €3,000

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SMART MOVELorraine Dolan (far right) pictured with Megan Prendergast, Orla Higgins and Jackie Prendergast with their Nokia phones.

Ciara Galvin

FOUR bar staff from Gilligan’s Bar, Claremorris have raised approximately €3,600 for Pieta House. Lorraine Dolan, Orla Higgins and Megan and Jackie Prendergast gave up their smart phones for the month of November to raise funds for the suicide prevention organisation.
The social media and 21st century technology ban was undertaken by the women after they saw the Galway Ladies football team do the same last year,
Speaking to The Mayo News, Lorraine Dolan said it was ‘the best thing we’ve ever done’.
“We would definitely recommend people to do it. We had peace and quiet and people said they have never laughed so much with us, playing board games, etc,” explained Ms Dolan.
Asked if their habits towards their smart phones have changed since they have been reunited, she believes they are more conscious about using them.
“Before we got them [smart phones] back we sat down and made a conscious decision about them. After we’d finish work we’d all sit down and not talk for 20 minutes while we scrolled through our phones catching up on what has happened. So since we’ve got them back we’ve left them behind the bar and we’re not as glued to them,” she explained.
Embracing their new found love for older technology, the women even took disposable cameras on their recent staff party, with some of the younger generation not even knowing what they were. A presentation of the entire sum raised will be made to Pieta House in the coming weeks.

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