Four retired Tralee grandmothers are attempting to take “a wrecking ball” to perceptions of older women.
Celine Slattery, Phil Daly, Mary O’Donnell and Marian Dillon lip sync to Miley Cyrus’ hit ‘Wrecking Ball’ –where they partially – (fully clad) – enacted the video using Celine’s house and garden in Oakpark, Tralee – along with her sledgehammer.
And the effort “for fun” with a start-up new media company has gone viral with texts from grandchildren from Dubai to Dublin and it has been picked up in on-line news too in Ghana.
The ladies all members if Tralee Probus were not familiar with the Miley Cyrus song “Wrecking Ball” recorded for her fourth album and the controversial vido which the singer in her underwear on a wrecking ball talking about a relationship going downhill.
Kerry’s answer to the Calendar Girls, after just one glimpse, did it all in one take, Francis Fitzgibbon ceo of StoryStock, based in the Tom Crean centre in the Kerry Technology Park.
“We wanted to show you don’t have to be 19 or 20 to be sexy or cool. We have this culture obsessed with youth and being young. It doesn’t respect age or getting old, the way other cultures do. We wanted to have a conversation to reflect that,” Francis said.
Christmas is a great time to show that there is a lighter side of life, he said.
The ladies are a class act showed you shouldn’t take yourself seriously, Francis also said.
“And they are now available for gigs!” he said.
Celine Slattery, in her 80s, a former grand-marshall of the St Patrick’s Day Parade in Tralee and who is heavily involved in tourism and historical societies in Tralee objects to the word “old” and prefers the word “mature”
“We want to get the message across to young people… I hate the word old - we may be mature but we still realise we may not agree with what young people do but we accept it..That’s life it changes and we have accepted there are these changes.”
When the mini-skirt came out and she began wearing them, Celine said her mother !nearly threw holy water on me.”
Young people are under huge pressure today and the ladies wanted to say “we are behind you,” Celiine said.
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