Friday 13 December 2019

On-song Imelda's top of the pop-ups

Imelda May and six year old Ava Leahy. Photo@ Patrick Bolger
Imelda May and six year old Ava Leahy. Photo@ Patrick Bolger
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

WITH lipstick, dressing up, giggles and cuddles, it was the ultimate girly day out.

What girl wouldn't enjoy a one-on-one masterclass with Ireland's most stylish woman – though Imelda May had a close rival in Ava Leahy (6) who enjoys dressing up every bit as much as the rockabilly singer.

They launched the Down Syndrome Centre's Buy My Dress campaign, supported by Kellogg's Special K.

The initiative, now in its sixth year, invites women of all ages to dig out once-loved and lightly worn dresses from their wardrobes and donate to the one-day, pop-up sales taking place on Sunday, May 25. Singers Imelda May, Pixie Lott, Ellie Goulding and broadcasters Grainne Seoige, Sile Seoige, and Lucy Kennedy have already donated, with the average price for these chic frocks ranging from just €10 to €50.

Pop-up shops will take place in the RDS in Dublin, as well as Cork, Galway, Limerick, Athlone, Wexford and Waterford. Sharon Dagg, CEO of the Down Syndrome Centre, said they were delighted to have Imelda's support, and felt "this year will be the year to surpass all previous years". Anyone wishing to donate a dress can do it at drop-off points in Carraig Donn stores.

Irish Independent

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