Wednesday 20 August 2014

Class act for a night of high fashion

School fundraiser supports essential mental health services

Published 13/03/2013 | 05:36

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Margaret O'Connor, Ballylongford pictured with her daughters, Dearbhla (left) and Saoirse at the Tarbert Comprehensive School Fashion Show at the Tinteán Theatre in Ballybunion on Friday night. Photo by John Reidy

FASHION was never so important as at Tarbert Comprehensive's annual show on Friday - held this year at the Tínteán in Ballybunion - where vital mental health provisions at the secondary received great support.

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The proceeds from the show will now go towards a range of vital supports for students at the school; not least in providing counselling hours to help those struggling with everything from bereavement to anorexia.

And the fashion was something special! Boutiques from Listowel, Newcastle West, Abbeyfeale, Glin, Ballybunion and Asdee exhibited as the 300-plus afficianados gathered in the large theatre received no end of ideas for spring and summerwear. Organisers were doubly thrilled at the turnout this year as the venue was changed from Glin to the Tinteán only hours before the show, for health and safety reasons The Kerryman understands.

"We were very happy with how it went in the end," Parents' Association treasurer Maria Hanrahan O'Neill said. She was one of a 12-strong committee that worked morning, noon and night over recent months to make Friday night such a colourful and successful reality.

It's one of the longest-running school fundraisers in north Kerry and Maria said the PA is delighted to still be able to do so much on behalf of students at the school. "

"One of the many provisions we're supporting this year is the mental health programme at the school, which provides vital counselling hours for students. Students can face so many pressures, from bereavement of loved ones to illness like anorexia and so much more so it is vital we support the mental health programme at Tarbert," she said.


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