Friday 19 July 2019

From the pitch to the catwalk for GAA club

Edel Murphy, modelling for LuLu’s Boutique. Photo: Mary Browne
Edel Murphy, modelling for LuLu’s Boutique. Photo: Mary Browne
Bernie Ryan, modelling for LuLu’s Boutique.
John Gladney, Shane Foley and Mattie Kehoe, modelling for Mister H.
Organisers Stephanie Moran, Joan Doyle, Helen Ryan, Collette Redmond and Liz Kehoe
Ger Cody, Chris Kavanagh and Gary Bennett modelling for Mister H Menswear.

Brendan Keane

Members of St Mullin's GAA club have taken part in an event in the Horse & Hound, Ballinaboola, that saw them go from the pitch to the catwalk with the aim of raising money for the juvenile section of the club.

The fashion show event featured the latest in the clothing ranges from a number of well-known local outlets including LuLu's, Clothesline Boutique, Amy Jane's Boutique, Hanrahan's, Mr H, and Blossoms Ladieswear, all in New Ross, and Barron's Sport & Menswear in Graiguenamanagh.

A spokesperson for the club told this newspaper that the event was very well supported, not just by members of the club's juvenile and adult sections, but also by parents and relatives of those involved with the organisation.

'We got a tremendous amount of support from people locally,' said the spokesperson.

In addition to the fantastic clothes on show the impressive hair and make-up of the models was taken care of by Secret Sanctuary which has outlets in Borris and Graiguenamanagh.

There was a double aspect to the fundraising on the night as a raffle was also held to raise money for Carlow and Kilkenny Hospice Homecare.

'That was something we just wanted to do because there is hardly a family that hasn't been affected by cancer,' said the spokesperson.

'The adult section of the club also agreed to give a matching donation to whatever amount was raised through the raffle,' she added.

'The hospice has helped a lot of people in our area and we are very grateful for that.'

The hard-working, five-person committee, which was set up specifically to organise the fashion show, was composed of Joan Doyle, Helen Ryan, Colette Redmond, Liz Kehoe and Stephanie Moran.

Ms Moran commented on the event and highlighted that a number of local businesses gave their support to the fashion show by making donations to the event.

Liam Sharkey performed the role of MC on the night and did so in exemplary fashion.

'We're very thankful for the people who wanted to donate the spot prizes too,' said Ms Moran.

The Chairperson of the juvenile club, Paul Redmond, spoke on the night and thanked everyone for attending. He also paid tribute to the organising committee as well as thanking the businesses and individual people who helped.

Mr Redmond also outlined the importance of the juvenile section of the club in terms of the future of GAA in St Mullins.

The Chairperson of the club's senior section, Moling Grennan, also addressed those in attendance and said everyone in the organisation was appreciative of the underage section and of its importance to the overall club.

New Ross Standard