The great and the good of Wexford's high society donned their gladrags for a night of special entertainment at the Talbot Hotel last weekend.
Held to raise funds for charity, the second annual Wexford Charity Black Tie Ball attracted both the fashion conscious and the generous. And with a number of unique items up for auction it was no surprise that over a hundred people turned out for the evening.
However, one of those items, a personal singing performance from local County Councillor, George Lawlor, didn't raise as much as the event's organisers had hoped.
'Let's just say it went for a nominal fee,' said Linda Brennan, one of the women behind the event. Other items proved more popular, among them a jersey signed by one of the county's sporting heroes. 'The Tadhg Furlong jersey went for €105 and a Stena Line voucher for €280. Overall we raised €680 from the raffle,' confirmed Linda.
Adding that the overall total for the night was on course to match last year's total of €6,500, Linda said it was just as important to raise awareness for the charities involved.
'The money is going towards Wexford Hospice Homecare, South East Radiotherapy Trust (SERT), and Wexford Alzheimer's Home Care. And in the case of SERT it's important that we highlight the work they do. They rely entirely on fundraising for their services, with everything from their drivers to the transport paid for by donations,' she said.
Divine Intervention performed for free and further entertainment came from Anna Jeffares, Katie O'Connor, Ella Grant, Annie Kelly, Lilly Mai Garry, Aoife Hore, Sienna Moran of the Sarah O'Sullivan School of Dance. Co-organisers were Leanne Gough, Sarah Reck and Kathleen O'Callaghan.