Style and glamour were evident in rich abundance in the River Island hotel Thursday night March 21 at the annual fashion show organised by the Transition Year class at Castleisland Community College.
"They drew sustained applause from a packed audience as they walked the walk with panache and aplomb. And yet behind it all lay weeks of intensive planning, preparation and hard work which were vital ingredients in the night's success," according to a report from deputy principal, Colm Kirwan.
"These are the essential elements of this and other activities and events organised by the transition year class. They must accept responsibility for every element of the project and must work as a team to make it work. This they did and made the evening a resounding success."
"The 27 students were all actively involved at every stage. They modelled a richly diverse variety of clothing.
The girls wore both casual and more formal dresses; the boys were almost unrecognisable in their suits and all of them then displayed a variety of casual and sport's wear.
The audience, which included, not only their parents but also grandparents, demonstrated their appreciation over and over again which helped make it an especially memorable evening for the students. The Principal of the Community College, Anne O Sullivan, said that they had shown an amazing capacity and sense of purpose as they took responsibility for every element of the show. Their self-confidence and work ethic was clearly evident in everything that they did and she thanked them and the TY co-ordinator Maria Moriarty for their commitment," said Mr. Kirwan.
Ms. Moriarty, on behalf of the class, thanked the clothing shops for their support especially: Cormac O'Mahony of JK O'Connor's; Hannon's Fashion Shop; : Jackie Reidy; the charity shops and Breda Galwey's Hats a Head as well as shops in Tralee and Killarney. She especially thanked Tom McCarthy and the staff of the River Island for their support. Rachael McDonnell, she added, did a superb job as MC and the night was made complete as Ms Murphy, Ms O Sullivan, Ms Moriarty, Ms Buckley as well as Mr. Hickey and the one and only Maurice Casey took to the ramp.
Part of the proceeds of the evening will be donated to 'Break the Cycle of Suicide' - a charity and topic which has become such an immediate concern for our young people. Many of the transition year class will cycle 135 kilometers after Easter to support this vitally important, national charity as its organisers seek to increase our awareness of the issue of suicide and its devastating aftermath.