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Ladies put their feet up after Christmas

Eimear Ni Bhraonain and Georgina O'Halloran

Published 07/01/2013 | 05:00

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HE IS more used to sitting behind the microphone in a comfortable RTE studio than running around a hotel kitchen. But broadcaster John Murray proved he's up for anything as he waited on tables at a charity event last weekend.

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The Radio One man donned a tuxedo and lined out alongside former Munster and Ireland rugby great Mick Galwey for 'Nollaig na mBan' – or Women's Little Christmas.

The tradition, which is still going strong in Munster, came to Leinster a day early with a gala event organised in Kilkenny city.

Chef Eugene McSweeney put the waiters through their paces as diners packed into the Pembroke Hotel.

Kerry-born mayor of Kilkenny Sean O hArgain, who has long hosted charity dinners in his home to mark Little Christmas, also mucked in to serve 100 women on the night.

Murray's wife, Irish Independent columnist Miriam Donohoe, was the first to be served by her husband. "I usually do all the cooking at home," she revealed.

"John does a little bit of routine cooking but most of the time, he leaves it to me."

Two Kilkenny-based charities, Cois Nore and The Susie Long Hospice Fund, benefited from the evening.

Meanwhile, in Cork, where large groups of women were out in force to party, the highlight was a fundraiser hosted by Adi Roche and Chernobyl Children International.

More than 120 women descended on the Rochestown Park Hotel, on the outskirts of Cork city, for a wine reception and entertainment by the Michael Buble Tribute Band to raise funds for the charity.

Irish Independent

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