Tuesday 20 February 2018

Action packed night for St. Vincent's Fundraiser

ON Friday night I headed for the Multi Purpose Centre in the DkIT where St. Vincents school were hosting their annual Fashionably Talented school fundraising night.

The students from the Transition Year and a large number of other students were showcasing their creative abilities in costumes design, dance, music and singing and as was expected, the place was packed to the rafters by the time I made it in the door.

The first couple I met up with were Sean and Ursula Bellew from Headford who were there to see their daughter Méabh who was going to be dancing later on and were really looking forward to seeing her in action.

Next I got a word with Elizabeth Kieran and Brenda Schuls both from Darver who were there to see Elizabeth's daughter Jennifer who was going to be modelling on the night.

Not too far away I then got talking to Caroline O'Hare from Kingwood who was with daughter Rebekah and they were enjoying the craic with Ursula and Hannah Lawless from Kingswood who told me they were really looking forward to seeing Caroline's daughter Victoria and Ursula's daughter Maya who were going to be strutting their funky stuff later on in the evening.

Seated close by I then got talking to Rosaleen O'Neill and Imelda Smyth both from Channonrock who told me that Imelda's daughter Karen was the main organiser and was busy making sure that everything was running smooth on the night and they both wanted to wish her the best of luck with the venture.

After this I made my way over for a quick word with Martin and Catherine Scanlon from Haggardstown who were there to cheer on daughter Hannah who was going to be in action with her class 2 Deirdre later on.

I then met up with Robbie and Grace-Anne McCrave from Rathmount and they couldn't wait to see their daughter Gemma dancing with her class when the night eventually got going.

Two young ladies who were nearly too busy to talk were Dara Goss from Bay Estate and Michelle Halpenny from Ardee who told me they were busy making sure everyone got a good seat at the start of the night, would be selling raffle tickets later and would even find time to strut their funky stuff on the catwalk later on a busy night girls.

Not too long later I met up with Mary and P.J. Meegan from Dunbin who assured me their daughter Nell would be a real star when she was dancing with 1 Joyce later on and I had to agree with them!

Seated close by were Michelle Begley from Ravensdale and Aoife Clarke from Broughton Street who told me they were just there to check out the fashions, dancing and singing and were going to support the school.

I then ventured over for a quick word with Patrick Mathews from Dunleer who said he had two daughters in action, Ciara was on the catwalk for the fashion show and Ashling was going to be dancing and assured me it was going to be a cracking night.

I then made my way over for a chat to Kathleen Coleman from Beechmount Drive who was with Ann, Fred and Ewan McEleavey from Blackrock who were all there to see Tara in action when she performed with 1 Heaney. I had met Ann at Caroline Murray's Girlie Night Out the previous week and she told me it was a brilliant night!

Seated close by I then got talking June McGeal from Togher who was sitting with her nephew Stephen Doyle from Drumcar and they were there to see Stephen's sister Emily in action.

After this I headed over for a chat with Orlaith McMahon from Louth Village who was with Cora McKeever from Haggardstown who were busy making sure everyone got a good seat were well furnished with raffle tickets and would even find time to do some serious dancing later on.

Next I met up with Emma McShane from Blackrock, Victoria Prendergast and Caoimhe Mulroy both from Dublin Road who were also going to be multitasking on the night and but were just looking forward to their dancing later on.

Possibly the hardest workers on the night were the caretakers and they included No1 caretaker Jody Boland from Villa Park who was being ably assisted by Tommy O'Hare from Kilkerley and Eddie Kavanagh from Ashbrook who wanted to wish the organisers and performers every success on the night.

Finally, before I departed I then got talking to Eva Meade from Point Road and Eleanor Lawlor from Heynestown who were both front of house and were the 'meet and greet' duo who make me feel more than welcome when I arrived and made me smile when I was leaving.

Just sorry I couldn't stay for the Teacher Act set, I heard it was nothing short of epic!

The Argus

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