Friday 9 December 2016

Watch: Alan Kelly struts his stuff for Freedom of Dublin charity fashion show

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 07/04/2016 | 22:41

Labour TD Alan Kelly strutted his stuff on the catwalk tonight in a charity event accompanied by some of Ireland's well known faces.

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The deputy Labour leader and radio host Aidan Power rubbed shoulders with Assets models for the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in aid of the John Giles Foundation and the Capuchin Day Centre. 

Former footballers Ray Houghton and Jason McAteer also stepped out, swapped punditry for the runway as they turned on the style for a fashion show with a twist.

INM columnist John Giles and Brother Kevin Crowley, founder of the Capuchin centre, said they were delighted at the turnout at the sell-out show in Dublin’s Citywest Hotel that was attended by more than 600 guests. 

Ray Houghton at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Ray Houghton at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Jason McAteer and Ray Houghton at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Alan Kelly TD at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Jason McAteer and Ray Houghton at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Brian Kennedy at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Alan Kelly TD at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Nicky Byrne at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney with Emma English before the start of the UEFA EURO Final Tournament Draw. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

While iRadio host Aidan was strutting his stuff for the first time, Mr Kelly has previously swapped Cabinet for couture with several charity fashion shows under his belt.

“It’s scarier than most things in politics,” he told independent.ie. “I think I would rather go on with Claire Byrne or Vincent Browne than face a fashion show.”

The event was organised by Emma English, the glamorous girlfriend of FAI boss John Delaney. Ireland legend Paul McGrath was among the guests

Emma described the fundraiser as “bitter-sweet”, as it marked her last events gig before stepping back to work on a new project.

“She has put an extraordinary amount of work into this and I am proud of her,” said a delighted Mr Delaney.

John Giles enjoyed one “quick” foray on to the catwalk and said proceeds would benefit grassroots football “hugely”.

Sarah Morrissey in 2016: Her high end images continues to make her one of the most popular models in Ireland.
Sarah Morrissey in 2016: Her high end images continues to make her one of the most popular models in Ireland.
Lucy McAteer and Georgina Byrne at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Sarah Morrissey at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Glenda Gilson at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Eamon Dunphy at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

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