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Monday 24 July 2017

Teen disco defends decision to ban 'deplorable' low-cut dresses

The image from the Facebook page that banned low-cut and short dresses
The image from the Facebook page that banned low-cut and short dresses

Amy Mulvaney and Sean O'Grady

A teenage disco has defended itself for stating that "deplorable" dresses with plunging necklines are banned.

Fusion Ball in Kilkenny city shared a post to its Facebook page telling female teenagers attending the next ball to keep outfits "neat and discreet".

Students outside the Hole In The Wall pub in Donegal jerseys Photo: Ray Ryan
Students outside the Hole In The Wall pub in Donegal jerseys Photo: Ray Ryan

"Due to the deplorable dresses at the last ball it is necessary to fully enforce a knee-length dress with no plunging neckline dress code for the mid-term ball.

"Any of the following dresses or any dresses similar to the following will not be accepted on the night. Keep it neat and discreet ladies," it read, alongside images of dresses.

The post sparked a backlash from some.

But Fusion Ball said: "We always asked for neat and discreet. But too many broke the rule. All we are asking for is the girls to be discreet."

Later, it said: "We organise these events for 15-year-old children to attend in a safe, supervised and fun environment. Our dress code has always been in place, since our first ball in 2005. We put up a reminder of this before every ball and we also have it on the back of all tickets."

Separately, the Donegal Tuesday event in Galway was in full swing this week. An unofficial event on the rag week calendar, it is organised by students of NUIG and GMIT.

Students don their Donegal jerseys and flock to the Hole In The Wall pub from the morning onwards.

Irish Independent

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