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Saturday 21 April 2018

Mercury rising for pub spoof video

A SKERRIES landlord bar owner has revealed how he drafted in bar staff to recreate a Queen video.

Ollie Grimes (40) and his staff in 'Ollie's Bar' donned moustaches and mini-skirts imitating Freddie Mercury for their tribute to promo 'I Want To Break Free'.

Shot after hours in their local, the promo has turned into an unlikely YouTube hit.

But Ollie revealed that the Queen parody featuring numerous moustaches is a part of 'Movember' which each year raises awareness of men's health issues.

"I've been making spoof videos but this year we thought we should use it to highlight Movember, which I think is a very good cause," Ollie Grimes told the Herald.

The barmen in the video are Simon Murray, Garry Coleman and Ger Cullen.

First picked up on local paper 'The Skerries News', the video of the singing landlord and his staff has spread via social media to RTE and Today FM.

Video star Ollie credits his pal, director Ian Downs from Swords, as the creative force behind the hit promo.

BUDGETS

"I've done a series of videos with Ian. People think we have big budgets but they are all done for a song with everybody joining in," he said.

Every year men all over Ireland grow a moustache for the month of November to raise vital funds and awareness for the Irish Cancer Society's Action Prostate Cancer programme.

ksweeney@herald.ie

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