MOD­ELS STRUT STUFF FOR VERY SPE­CIAL SHOW

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - NEWS - By TADHG EVANS

WHEN Kerry Hospice Foun­da­tion Kil­lar­ney Branch Chair­per­son Pat Doolan spoke to The Ker­ry­man ahead of the 2017 “Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show”, his main hope was that the peo­ple of Kerry would come out and sup­port the show’s 24 mod­els with as much en­thu­si­asm as pos­si­ble.

The 16 women and eight men, who have all ex­pe­ri­enced bat­tles with can­cer, were pre­par­ing to model cloth­ing from a to­tal of 10 bou­tiques and menswear out­lets, and they were un­der­stand­ably ner­vous ahead of their big night at the INEC.

But, given that over 800 peo­ple at­tended the show, Pat’s wish for strong pub­lic sup­port was granted, and af­ter a su­perb start to the night – in the form of a per­for­mance by Spa’s All-Ire­land-win­ning set dancers – the mod­els got on to the cat­walk, and the pub­lic’s en­thu­si­asm helped the am­a­teur cat­walk­ers through any early jit­ters.

“We’ve been at this a few years now, and I sup­pose you tweak it ev­ery year through that bit of ex­pe­ri­ence,” Pat said af­ter the hugely suc­cess­ful show. “All the feed­back I’m get­ting this year would sug­gest this was our best year yet, and that’s say­ing some­thing be­cause the shows of re­cent years were all bril­liant in their own ways!”

Af­ter an evening wine re­cep­tion, the mod­els kept the mas­sive crowd roy­ally en­ter­tained for some three hours, and there wasn’t a lull in the at­mos­phere for a sin­gle sec­ond.

“TV3’s Noel Cun­ning­ham was our MC on the night, and he couldn’t have done more to bring the show to life,” Pat said. “His en­thu­si­asm kept up for the whole night and there was never a dull moment.

“Last year we raised around €18,000, and while we aren’t sure just yet what this fig­ure will come to, I’d imag­ine it’ll be some­where in that re­gion, and our funds will go to­wards the ex­ist­ing Pal­lia­tive Care Unit in Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Kerry and the new 15-bed unit set to open later this month.

“The night was a mas­sive suc­cess, and I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who con­trib­uted to the event in any way, big or small.”

Noel Cun­ning­ham Guest MC with Andy O’Sul­li­van, Pat Doolan Chair­man I(seated from left) Mary Fin­negan, Dr Pa­tri­cia Man­gan, Juli­ett Cul­loty, Mar­ian O’Ke­effe, Phyl­lis O’Sul­li­van (back from left) Kay Spil­lane, Pa­tri­cia Bar­rett, Mary O’Donoghue, Elsie He­garty, An­gela Cur­ran, Noreen Collins, Cathal Wal­she and Padraig Cronin or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee at the Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show in the INEC, Kil­lar­ney on Tues­day.Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

He­len O’Rahilly, Mar­garet O’Ke­effe and Jame Collins Gneeveg­uilla at the Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show in the INEC, Kil­lar­ney on Tues­day.Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Noel Cun­ning­ham Guest with mod­els Am­brose Don­nelly, Marie Kear­ney, Mags Kelly, He­len Moloney, Nicky Grover (seated from left) No­rann Mur­phy, Made­line McCarthy, Nor­teen O’Donoghue, Martina Di­neen, Teresa McSweeney (back from left) Der­mot Crow­ley, Ber­nadette O’Sul­li­van, Anne Man­gan, Cathal Wal­she, Kath­leen Ryan, Mar­garet Mur­phy, Geral­dine Guil­foyle, Michael Walsh, Mary Kelly and John Healy par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show in the INEC, Kil­lar­ney on Tues­day. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Anne O’Shea, Maura Fitzger­ald, Es­ther Dwyer, Pa­tri­cia Ryan, Ni­amh Dwyer, Eibh­lin Henggeler and Mary O’Donoghue at the Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show in the INEC, Kil­lar­ney on Tues­day. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Betty O’Rior­dan, Sheila O’Ke­effe and Anna Ma­hony Rath­more at the Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show in the INEC, Kil­lar­ney on Tues­day. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Mary and Geral­dine Shana­han with Ita Be­han Kerry Hospice at the Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show in the INEC, Kil­lar­ney on Tues­day. Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

Anna Pas­cual, Noreen O’Sul­li­van and San­dra Moyni­han Kil­lar­ney at the Mod­els in Re­cov­ery Fash­ion Show in the INEC, Kil­lar­ney on Tues­day.Photo by Michelle Cooper Galvin

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