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Monday 26 September 2016

Ireland's football and fashions stars hit the catwalk for charity fashion show

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 08/04/2016 | 07:50

L to r: Emma English & John Delaney
Pics : Mark Doyle
L to r: Emma English & John Delaney Pics : Mark Doyle
Alan Kelly on the catwalk at the FAI Fashion Show. Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Sports pundit Ray Houghton. Photo: Arthur Carron
Fionnuala Short and Matylda Odachowska, Assets at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
7/4/16 Jason and Lucy McAteer at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

It was a case of handbags at dawn when some of Ireland's biggest divas stepped on to the catwalk - but we're not talking about the models.

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

They were joined by deputy Labour leader Alan Kelly and radio host Aidan Power and 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.

Herald columnist John 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.

Fionnuala Short and Matylda Odachowska, Assets at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Fionnuala Short and Matylda Odachowska, Assets at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

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 the Herald. "I think I would rather go on with Claire Byrne or Vincent Browne than face a fashion show."

Alan Kelly on the catwalk at the FAI Fashion Show. Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Alan Kelly on the catwalk at the FAI Fashion Show. Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

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.

7/4/16 Jason and Lucy McAteer at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
7/4/16 Jason and Lucy McAteer at the Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show in Citywest Hotel in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

"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".

Sports pundit Ray Houghton. Photo: Arthur Carron
Sports pundit Ray Houghton. Photo: Arthur Carron
L to r: Emma English & John Delaney
Pics : Mark Doyle
L to r: Emma English & John Delaney Pics : Mark Doyle

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