The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS - BY TADHG EVANS

IT’S been part of the so­cial cal­en­dar for Rath­more and be­yond for four years now, but if ‘Friends of the Chil­dren of Ch­er­nobyl Rath­more Branch’ Sec­re­tary Eileen Buck­ley’s run­down of last Thurs­day night’s fash­ion show at the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre is any­thing to go by, we can ex­pect the event to stick around for many more years to come.

Un­der the watch­ful eye of MC Diar­muid McCarthy, some 25 mod­els, in­clud­ing three Kerry se­nior and mi­nor stars with strong Rath­more links, and a host of spe­cial guests helped make the 2017 show an­other suc­cess­ful run­ning of what is the branch’s main an­nual fund-raiser each year, Eileen ex­plained.

“Among our star foot­ballers on the night were Rath­more’s Paul Mur­phy, Kil­cum­min’s Seán O’Leary, and Chris O’Donoghue from Glen­flesk, and they were part of what was a very en­ter­tain­ing oc­ca­sion again this year,” she said. “There were over 300 peo­ple in at­ten­dance, so while we aren’t sure as of yet how much was raised, be­tween the show it­self and the prize draws we were very pleased with how it all went.

“It will go to­wards help­ing us bring young peo­ple over from Ch­er­nobyl in July 2018, and a huge or­gan­is­ing ef­fort goes into it every year. So many peo­ple took part in this year’s prepa­ra­tions, so we would just like to thank ev­ery­one who helped in any way in help­ing make this the ex­cel­lent night it was – in­clud­ing, of course, the peo­ple who at­tended the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Thurs­day!”


Some of the or­gan­is­ers who made it all hap­pen at the Friends of the Chil­dren of Ch­er­nobyl Fash­ion Show. In­cluded are Martina Drew, Betty Casey, Mairead Hickey, Mary McAuliffe, Mar­garet Mur­phy, Phil Cronin, Joan Cronin and Eileen Hickey. Siob­han...

Una Cronin, Mar­garet Hickey, Mar­garet O’ Sul­li­van and Julie Kelle­her dressed by Lady Ly­dia, Kan­turk and with hats from The Hat Box, Lom­bard­stown at the Friends of the Chil­dren of Ch­er­nobyl Fash­ion Show.

Tr­ish Mur­phy and Joanne Crow­ley show­cas­ing gor­geous au­tumn/win­ter trends by Nóirín’s Bou­tique Mill­street, at the Friends of the Chil­dren of Ch­er­nobyl Fash­ion Show in Rath­more.

Michael Healy Rae TD mul­ti­task­ing at the Friends of the Chil­dren of Ch­er­nobyl Fash­ion Show in Rath­more with Betty Casey, Val Moyni­han and Martina Drew.

Sis­ters Theresa Moyni­han and Breda O’ Donoghue in out­fits by Lady Ly­dia, Kan­turk, and hats from The Hat Box, Lom­bard­stown.

Eileen Hickey, Eileen Buck­ley, Eileen O’ Donoghue and Sheila O’ Sul­li­van.

Kerry foot­baller Paul Mur­phy was dressed by Sim­ply Suits, Kil­lar­ney, for his stint on the Cat­walk . ALL PHO­TOS BY SHEILA FITZGER­ALD

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