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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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International day was a recipe for success

By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures. […]

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By Michelle CreanSpicy dishes and sweet treats were part of the experience in Killarney Community College as students took time out on Monday to celebrate a variety of different cultures.

The Modern Foreign Languages Department organised many events throughout the week but activity that took centre stage place was MasterChef for International Culture Day.

60 students from different countries took part by cooking dishes from their native countries. The judges had their work cut out for them but they finally agreed on a deserving winner.

First place went to Greece with a classic but simple Greek salad which was unbelievably well received by all. In second place was the Polish representatives who made mouth-watering pierogi dumplings while students from Germany produced a sweet cake from their own specific region and took third place.

First Year students got the opportunity to sample the food and learn about the dishes and cultures.

Stickers were worn on students’ jumpers from European Day of Languages and allowed students to speak with other students from their country and make new friends.

“It’s important to recognise and celebrate the ever-growing variety of different cultures within our society and our school setting,” Principal Stella Loughnane said.

“These opportunities provide a great scope for our students to learn and have a better understanding of these cultures while creating a greater respect for everyone’s backgrounds. I also got to taste a few of the dishes and even managed to snag a couple of recipes, they were that good.”

BREWING UP

Meanwhile it was a feel-good morning last Thursday at the school as students and staff brewed up for the Kerry Hospice Foundation.

They enjoyed many delicious treats kindly donated by staff all for an amazing cause. The Bewley’s Big Coffee Morning in aid of Kerry Hospice raised a whopping €650, this will no doubt be put to great use in supporting people in difficult times. This charity has an extra special meaning for Killarney Community College as they have had members of staff, who in challenging times, were supported by this outstanding service.

Ms Loughnane commended the efforts of staff involved adding that it was such a worthwhile cause.

“The college was delighted to host this event to raise funds for Kerry Hospice who provide so much support to our community at times of need, it is so important to give a little back.”

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Godley fourth in National Ploughing competition

By Sean Moriarty Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group. The Killarney Ploughing […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Four years on from his last appearance at the National Ploughing Championships, Shane Godley continues to move up the ranks in his age group.

The Killarney Ploughing Association member last represented Kerry in the Under 21s in 2018 when he placed sixth in the two-furrow conventional class in the national competition.

Last week at the 2022 National Ploughing Championships at Rathinaska, County Laois he placed fourth in the under 28 age group for the same category.

“Weather conditions for both the ploughing days was very good but the ground was very hard,” he said.

Club mate Mike Brosnan from Gortalea, finished 20th in the ‘Vintage Mounted’ class. They were the only two members of Killarney Ploughing Association to compete at the event.

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