BY JACKIE KEOGH
HOLLYWOOD stars vie to have their hands set in cement in the boulevard outside the Chinese Theatre, but here, in West Cork, things are done a little differently.
Maura O’Connell of the West Cork Casting Studio in Dunmanway recently had the honour of casting the hands of Cork GAA legend, Seán Óg O hAilpín, and rising, Cork GAA star, Melissa Duggan.
Maura, who set up her business in 2017, was commissioned to prepare the specially moulded hand cast and present it to Sean Óg when he visited Togher National School to give the students an inspirational talk.
Meanwhile, Melissa Duggan, a past pupil of St Mary’s National School in Dunmanway, was presented with her hand cast after she returned to the school to talk to the students.
Melissa’s cast, together with a Cork jersey, is currently being showcased in the school’s main foyer as a source of inspiration for the students.
Maura told The Southern Star: ‘Through my work I get to meet people from all walks of live. I’ve done everything from casting the hands of newborn babies to the hands of their grandparents.
‘Meeting Seán Óg and Melissa was great, especially for the children who were inspired by their determination and their achievements.’