MODELLING can be a daunting task at the best of times but the brave volunteers who struted their stuff at the Clara National School fund-raising fashion show in Langtons on Wednesday night took it all in their stride.
The models, which included Kilkenny senior hurlers, James (Cha) Fitzpatrick and John Tennyson, school principal, Richard Mulrooney, staff members, parents and past pupils were outstanding and really took to the catwalk like ducks to water. Tennyson was poetry in motin as he ignored the whistles as he meandered down the cat walk.
Principal, Richie Mulrronet also srutted his stuff. The former Kilkenny minor team manager, commended all who took part. “It was amazing. It took a lot of guts to come out here in front of 400 plus people and everyone who came out and those who worked behind the scenes to get this show together deserve massive thanks,” he said.
“The school community and wider community in Clara is an incredibly united parish and the atmosphere, buzz and excitement and great team-work shown for this event is another example of that. It has been an incredible night and great credit is due to Sinead Gormley and all on the Parents Association for organising such an amazing event,” Mr Mulrooney said.
While the hurlers are well used to playing in front of 80,000 plus in Croke Park they were nervous before the show began. But the response from the capacity crowd egged them on as they strutted their stuff in fashions from both Penneys and Pauls of Kilkenny. MC, Edwina Grace from KCLRand the Kilkenny People, was superb and put all the models at ease.
Among the models were staff members Rose Corley, Mariead Fitzgerald, Eileen Fitzpatrick and Emma Skehan as well as local parish priest, Fr Larry O’Keeffe. Brave dads Paul Cody, Andrew O’Carroll and Micheal Nolan also featured, along with past pupils Margaret Rafter and Leasa Byrne who were exceptional as were the brave mums who modelled. Among these were Catherine Lennon, Claire O’Sullivan, Una O’Reilly, teresa Aylward, Deirdre Tracey and Caitriona Corr.
Fashions were modelled from Pauls, Annaleen’s, Wallis, Mi Mi, Serendipity, Penneys, Gerard, Swamp, Carrig Donn, Sugar Sugar and The Shoe Box. Hair styling was provided free of charge by Exposure and make-up was from Sam McCauley’s on High Street.
Clara National School Parents Association Chairperson, Sinead Gormley, was thrilled with the turn-out and thanked everyone for their voluntary effort. “The Langton family were absolutely incredible and we could not have hosted an event like tonight without their support and guidance. Anything we asked of them was done and delivered. Modelling in front of such a massive crowd is daunting and all of our models were amazing,” she said.
“We are extremely thankful to all of our supporters and friends, all the shops who took part and to everyone who gave spot prizes, helped us organise this event and the many, many who worked backstage and gave of their time. We are particularly thankful to our two hurlers who were fantastic sports and are deeply indebted to them. A massive team effort also went on behind the scenes and backstage and those unsung heros also deserve our thanks,” she concluded.