Strutting down the catwalk

Several well known local faces stepped up onto the ramp at a fashion show in aid of two great local causes on Sunday night.

Several well known local faces stepped up onto the ramp at a fashion show in aid of two great local causes on Sunday night.

Proceeds from the night, which was deemed to be ‘a roaring success’ by organisers were divided between Cois Nore and Carlow Kilkenny Homecare.

To date €3,600 was raised for the two charities who provide trojan support to people with cancer and their families .

“It was a great night, a roaring success from start to finish. The models were brilliant and is was a fun event. Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and get into the swing of it and there were a lot of laughs,” said Margaret Egan who runs the Cancer Support Charity Shop on John Street.

Models who took part in the event included chef Edward Hayden, hurlers Jackie Tyrell and Tommy Walsh, strongman James Fennelly, Mayor Martin Brett, rugby starts Ronan Farrell and Tom Daly and Pat Moylan who works at the Kilkenny Cancer Support Charity Shop. Other male models included Rob Kelly from Marble City Barbers and Eoin Carey and Tomas Jackman from KCLR.

Former Kilkenny Rose Sinead de Butleir and Deputy Ann Phelan were two of the female models along with Stephanie O’Dwyer and Emer O’Shea and Katherine Blake from KCLR. Breda McDonald who became a star on the small screen when she featured in ICA boot camp and second level student from Pobail Scoil Osrai Louise Dunne also strutted their stuff on the catwalk alongside Suzanne Edwards and Leanne Martin and Mary McKenna from Grow.

Shops that participated included Pamela Scott, Only, Belle Shoe and Accessories, Hennessys Formal Wear, Frank Wall Mens Shop, Kilkenny Cancer Support Shop, Breatnach Designs Vintage Hats and Grainne Quiin Jewellery while Flair Beauty did the make up and Evelyn Blanchfield and Leanne Comerford did the hair.

Organiser Margaret Egan said the event was ‘a phenomenal success’. “We were gob smacked at how much support we received. We especially want to thank Edwina Grace who was MC on the night and all the local businesses who provided spot prizes and to L’Occitane who provided the goody bags. Also a big thanks to Deirdre, Grainne and Caitriona who made the cup cakes which went down a treat,” said Margaret.

In total approximately 400 people attended the event.

Aisling Kelly who is involved with the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team was one of the key event organisers and played a huge part in making the fashion show happen. The homecare team provides vital support to people with cancer and their families.

Meanwhile the Cois Nore Centre is due to open it’s doors to the public over the coming weeks. The centre on Walkin Street will provide holistic services free of charge for people living with cancer and their carers.

All proceeds from the Cancer Support Charity Shop on John Street are also donated to Cois Nore.