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Sensational sense of style at local fashion event

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Top Irish and Kerry fashion designers and independent boutiques were the stars of the show on Thursday at the Muckross Park Hotel.

Delphine and Christine Grandjouan at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Zoe O'Connor Emily O'Donoghue and Orla Diffily at Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Mairead Bowen pictured at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Mary Stapleton Foley at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel Killarney on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Cathy Troth and Frances Fogarty at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Jane Green and Orla O'Driscoll at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Nora Herlihy and Betty Farrell ready for the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Helena Hanbidge and Catriona Heaslip looking stunning at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Trish Thompson and Megan Hanley at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

Helen Cody and Rory Murphy at the Fashion at the Muckross Park Hotel on Thursday. Photo: Barry Murphy

The style was sensational both on and off the runway in what was one of the most hotly anticipated events of the season 'Fashion at the Muckross Park' produced in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee.

Guests travelled from all over Kerry and far beyond, for an exclusive preview of new collections from top Irish and Kerry designers and boutiques. The show was opened with a collection bursting with colour, happiness and light by acclaimed Irish fashion couturier Helen Cody and the finale was a rare retrospective showcase from another multi-award winning couturier Delphine Grandjouan. Produced by Orla Diffily and the team at Upfront Model Management, in association with Ray Stack Productions, it is the first in a series of shows designed to put Irish fashion creatives back into the spotlight and promote local businesses and fashion sustainability.

The evening opened with red carpet arrivals and champagne and canapés reception in the opulent setting of the tea room at the Muckross Park Hotel. Guests also enjoyed a complimentary Muckross Wild Irish Gin reception. The main show was modelled on international fashion week salon setting, and featured Helen Cody, Carol Kennelly, Cathy Troth, Delphine Grandjouan, Goose Boutique, MacBees, Phoenix V, Jasmine, Hannons, Holden Leathergoods, Lily Mais by Fran and jewellery by master goldsmith Brian de Staic. Winner of the Upfront New Emerging Designer competition Megan Hanley of Lola & Winter also showed her beautiful collection. The night was MC’d by fashion blogger Emily O’Donoghue.

The winner of the Most Sustainable Guest Style, in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee, and judged by Emily O’Donoghue, was Jill Hannon, who won a matching Fiadh pendant set from Irish jeweller Brian de Staic. The winner of the Most Sustainable Collection, in association with Kellihers Toyota Tralee, was Frances Fogarty, creative director, Lily Mais by Fran who designs colourful swim robes made completely from disused and repurposed towels. She won a photo shoot with top DOP, James Maher. The winner of the Most Stylish Guest, sponsored by Holden Leathergoods, was Vambail. She won a limited edition new season leather clutch by Holden.

The hair on the evening was sponsored by Sean Taaffe Hair & Beauty. Make-up was by Juliette. The organisers wish to thank the Muckross Park Hotel for their incredible assistance and support in organising this event, Connect Magazine for their generous spot prize and magazines, Listowel Races for tickets to Ladies Day and Grace Foley singer for spot prizes.
Upfront Model Management have produced stellar events for over 20 years including KFW fashion week and the New Season Collections at the Aghadoe where they also sponsored the Sustainable Collection Award. The next designer showcase is in The Glasshouse at the Montenotte Hotel Cork on Wednesday May 18.

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Top awards for innovative students

By Michelle Crean Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards. The five […]

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By Michelle Crean

Killarney students proved that their projects can make a positive impact after being honoured at the Young Social Innovators of the Year Ireland (YSI) Awards.

The five members of ‘Operation Red’ in St Brigid’s Secondary School were celebrating this week after receiving a national Bronze Award for their project which is raising awareness about the lack of knowledge surrounding menstrual disorders. Their goal is to encourage open discussion on these issues, so no woman ever feels alone. The team will receive a prize bursary of €750, which can be put towards developing their idea and increasing the impact of their innovation.

Young Social Innovators is a non-profit organisation that believes in the power of youth. Its vision is to empower, equip and inspire young people to change the world for good. The girls’ project was one of 34 shortlisted from over 400 YSI groups around Ireland.

“As part of our project we’re in the process of developing resources for the SPHE classes in our school,” Transition Year student Anna Cashman told the Killarney Advertiser.

“We’ll try it here as a pilot project and branch out to other schools.”

She added that plans so far include educating students by putting an information booklet together using HSE and NHS advice.

“It’s important to have the right information as it’s a very under researched issue. We have had a positive response to it.”

Cait Fitzgerald Healy from YSI arrived to the school as a surprise to the group and presented the girls with their trophy towards the end of the online ceremony. There was huge excitement all round! Teacher and mentor Catherine O’Donoghue also received the ‘Let them Shine’ award for her involvement with YSI over the last five years.

MAKE OUR WORLD SAFER AWARD

Picking up the ‘Make Our World Safer Award’, a team from St Brendan’s College was recognised for its ‘One Punch Can Kill’ project, which aims to combat toxic masculinity and raise awareness amongst young men of the seriousness of ‘one punch attacks’.

When researching the issue, the team found that many perpetrators rarely reoffend and the percentage of male-on-male violence in society is extremely high. The group examined the route cause of the issue, which stems from a variety of factors, and wanted to raise awareness that spontaneous and random ‘one punch attacks’ can have serious and life-changing consequences.

Amongst its many actions, the team embarked on media outreach, designed and delivered student workshops, created a poster campaign, held an Anti Violence Week and is currently working on a children’s book in an effort to promote the important message that ‘One Punch Can Kill’.

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Pres footballers are in seventh heaven

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The St Brigid’s Presentation Second Year footballers were crowned County Junior B champions on Friday last following a superb seven-goal victory over Mercy Mounthawk Tralee in the Ballymac sunshine.

The girls hit the ground running, bagging two quick goals from the boots of Lily O’Shaughnessy and Niamh Cantillon.

The Pres defence was solid and dogged throughout and managed to keep Mounthawk from breaching their goal for the duration. Abby Cronin scored three goals and a point to torment the oppostion and Niamh Cantillon scored a second goal plus a point to keep the Killarney school well in front.

Further scores from Muireann Healy and a final goal from Lara O’Neill gave us a final score of 7-4 to 0-11.

It was an excellent performance from the entire team, including the substitutes who all played their part. Captain Eve Culhane proudly accepted the cup on behalf of the team, and St Brigid’s, at the end of the game and joyous celebrations followed.

Congratulations to all the players and to their trainers: Mr Counihan, Ms Healy and Ms Brosnan.

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