TWO of Kilkenny’s bravest hurlers are getting their kit off for a very worthy appeal. Senior hurlers, James Cha Fitzpatrick and John Tennyson, can expect very different types of cat calls when they swap their jerseys for haute couture and take part in a fund-raising fashion show in aid of Clara National School at Langton’s on Wednesday, April 6, starting at 8pm.
The hurling aces, both aged 26, take to the catwalk along with former Kilkenny minor team manager and Clara National School principal, Richard Mulrooney. Several other staff members, parents and past pupils have also agreed to take part in the adult only fashion parade. Tickets, which cost €10 and include a complimentary glass of wine, have been selling like hot cakes since news of the hurlers’ inclusion on the catwalk spread.
Cha and John are well used to the limelight but a bit nervous about the potential slagging they will get from fellow team-mates, who are reported to be planning to arrive en masse to support the boys. “I did a fashion show six or seven years ago with Tommy Walsh in the Watergate. It was good fun but I was pretty nervous beforehand. My aunt lives in Clara and she roped me in,” Cha explained as he and John thmbed through the rails in Pauls on Saturday.
John Tennyson is a catwalk virgin. “It’s my first fashion show. Fashion wouldn’t quite be one of my fortes. I do buy my own clothes but it would be a bit haphazard. My sister’s young fella is in Junior Infants in Clara so I’m blaming him. The slagging is going to be woeful though,” John fears.
Clara National School Parents Association Chairperson, Sinead Gormley, said tickets for the event are on sale through the school or at the door on the night. “We’re looking forward to an amazing night and are very thankful to Cha and John for agreeing to take part. Both have close family links to the parish and we are extremely grateful to them and to all the stores who have come on board.
“KCLR’s Edwina Grace is our MC and compere on the night and all of the funds raised will help defray the cost of the new classroom at Clara National School and meet ongoing costs. Tickets are available through the school or on the door. We’re looking forward to a fantastic night,” she declared. Among the stores taking part are Pauls, Annaleen’s, Wallis, Mi Mi, Serendipity, Penneys, Gerard, Swamp, Carrig Donn, Sugar Sugar and The Shoe Box.