Footballers and Roses launch Barretstown Midsummer’s ball

A host of Roses and Kildare footballers joined forces recently to launch a fundraising ball in aid of the local children’s charity Barretstown.

A host of Roses and Kildare footballers joined forces recently to launch a fundraising ball in aid of the local children’s charity Barretstown.

Kildare Rose Megan O’Neill, Dublin Rose, Arlene O’Neill and Mayo Rose, Dervla Kenny, plus Kildare stars Eoghan O’Flaherty, Alan Smith and Gary White soaked up the sunshine at Barretstown in Ballymore Eustace at the official launch of the inaugural ‘A Midsummer’s Night Ball’.

The summer dance will be held at Killashee House Hotel on Saturday, June 23, with all proceeds going to Barretstown.

The event is being organised by Kildare ladies Sinead Conlan, Jane McTernan, Jennie Deering and Katie Price.

The foursome, who are primary school teachers, an occupational therapist and a speech and language therapist, are experienced charity event organisers, but this year decided to do something together for a worthy local cause.

“We all liked the idea of organising a ball that people would enjoy attending and have an excuse to dress up and have bit of fun but that would also benefit a worthy and local cause,” said Sinead, who teaches in Bunscoil Bhride in Rathangan.

“We all work with children and after visiting Barretstown and watching how the charity helps children and their families who are either fighting or recovering from cancer and other life threatening diseases, we were only delighted to have the opportunity to try and help them out.”

The midsummer ball promises to be a great night out, with a three-course meal, music, dancing and a selection of raffle prizes to be won.

Kildare Rose Megan O’Neill will be a special guest on the night, as will a speaker from Barretstown to remind guests where their money will be going.

Tickets for the Midsummer’s Night Ball at E55 each can be reserved by contacting Sinead at conlans2@gmail.com.