STARS IN THEIR EYES: We, the audience, were the ones who were completely gobsmacked at the Scoil Íde Naofa Fashion Show at the Clanard Court on Thursday, March l, when a 'who's who' of our local school pupils, parents, past pupils, local sporting heroes and film and television personalities took to the ramp to dazzle us.
The Monster Fashion Show, in aid of the Scoil de Naofa Building Fund, saw the function room packed to capacity for the occasion. The buzz was like nothing this correspondent has felt at any Fashion Show as we waited eagerly for the first model to appear.
The superb MC for the evening was the one and only Charlie Hughes, flushed with success after the rave reviews that 'Who By Fire' rightly received and continues to receive from theatres all around Ireland. Looking very dapper himself in a splendid suit, Charlie did the models proud and was full of encouragement for each one of them.
Overseeing the entire show was Amanda O'Toole, Fashion Coordinator, ably assisted by a terrific team from the Scoil Ide Naofa Parents' Association, under the chairmanship of Nigel Keane.
The show opened with superb dancing from Louise Corrigan, former pupil of Scoil Ide Naofa. Louise is a member of the Celtic Rhythm Dance Troupe and dazzled us all with her breathtaking leaps and graceful agility. Well done Louise.
The shops displaying clothes included: A&A Hat Hire, 70, Kingsgrove Athy; Aqua Ley Genevieve, 94A High St, Kilkenny; Buy Design Outlet, Crookstown, Athy; Dream Brides, Kilberry, Athy; Glam @ Hair Affaire, Duke St, Athy; Image, Duke St, Athy; Peekaboo, Duke St. Athy; Shaws, Duke St. Athy; Top Hat Dress Hire, 10, The Parade, Kilkenny; Kyda Fancy Dress Costumes.
Of course no fashion show would be complete without a raffle and thanks to the Osprey Hotel, Clanard Court, Young World, Viva Medica Laser Clinic, Newbridge Cutlery, SuperValu Hacketstown, Rathwood, The Gadget Shop, Naas, Doyle's Pharmacy, Royal Garden, The Hub, Options, A Touch of Beauty, Peed a Boo and The Emigrant for the raffle prizes, not forgetting Buzzs, Helen Ward and the Whist Club, Narraghmore, for donations.
Posters for the event were in the capable hands of David Byrne, Hair by Ann Marie Kelly, Make-up A Touch of Beauty, Marquee Jumping Jacks Bouncy Castles, Carpet supplied by Tim Flood Furniture, Transport Mick O'Connell, Flowers Bluebells, Balloons Party Politics, Avon Cosmetics and Chocolates Lily O'Brien's (for the goody bags).
ELVIS LIVES: His trademark white satin suit sat well on his toned frame as the one and only Elvis gave it his all at the fashion show. To screams of adulation from his adoring public, Elvis strutted his stuff like a man possessed and eventually left the building knowing he was as popular as he was way back in the '60s. Also doing a remarkable resurrection was blond bombshell, Marilyn Munroe, who had all the males in a flutter as she sashayed her way down the ramp singing in her inimitable little girly voice.
Barney and Bob the Builder had all the 'lil 'uns' screaming for more as they, too, strutted up and down the ramp like real pros!
Another great highlight were the intrepid Vikings and the male, especially, showed an incredible pair of fine strong thighs! On closer inspection we discovered it was Councillor Martin Miley and boy will he need those strong pins with all that pre-election walking he's going to have to do over the next few months!
Another handsome 'dude' was Aaron Flood in his magnificent kilt which showed his fine strong legs to maximum advantage.
Yes the fancy dress section of the Fashion Show was a revelation and one of the highlights of the evening's entertainment, courtesy of Kyda Fancy Dress Costumes, Kilkenny.
NIGEL'S THANKS: Chairperson of the Scoil de Naofa Parents' Association, Nigel Keane says "go r". He acknowledges the amazing help and cooperation he got from his committee and also from all the extra hands which appeared, as if by magic, on the night of the fashion show. He would like to thank the Clanard Court Hotel for their generous donation, the sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes, door prizes, ticket sellers, ramp builders, models, shops and anyone who helped in any way to make the night such a runaway success. Thanks also to Amanda who guided all of them and did such a professional job.
CONGRATULATIONS: Well done to Anne King who was declared 'Best Dressed Lady' on the night and won a pampering voucher. Anne, who always looks wonderful, surpassed herself that evening and looked beautiful in her brown ensemble.
Congratulations Anne and we would also like to wish you every success with your new business venture 'Viva Medica' at Brian Madden's Chemist on Leinster St, Athy.
FLYING FEET: A truly historic Feis took place on March 5, when Skerries Figure Dancing Class hosted the event; held at St. Laurence's GFC, Oldgrange.
Comp 1. SA Duke Reel 2nd place Frances Watchorn, Joanne Byrne, Sinead Miley, Aoife Lynch, Shannon O'Gorman, Caitlin O'Gorman. Comp 2. C Siamsa Beirte 1st Place Sect. A Roisin Crowe, Niamh Crowe.
Comp 3 A Antrim Reel 1st place Lauren Hickey, Sadhbh O'Rourke.
Comp 4 NPW Two Hand Reel 1st place Sect A Niamh Crowe, Roisin Crowe.
Comp 5. B Siege of Ennis 1st place Maire O'Dwyer, Amy Farrell, Rachel Doyle-Emily O'Gorman.
Comp 6. SA Siamsa Beirte 1st place Natasha Murphy, Lauren Hickey.
Comp 7. C Sweets of May 2nd place Sect A Shona Bell-Niamh Crowe, Emily O'Gorman, Michaela Finn, Joseph Gorman, Rachel Dillon, Amy Farrell, Roisin Crowe.
Comp 8 A Four Hand Reel no 2 = 2nd place, no 1 = 5th place
1. Aoife Lynch, Amy Kelly, Shannon O'Gorman, Caitlin O'Gorman. 2. Lauren Hickey, Megan Grufferty, Sadhbh O'Rourke, Aoife Flynn
Comp 9 NPW Siamsa Beirte 1st place Sect A 1. Roisin Crowe, Niamh Crowe.
Comp 10 B Cloneen Jig 2nd place Joseph Gorman, Niamh Crowe
Comp 12 C Siege of Carrick 1 = 1st place, 2 = 4th place Sect A 1. Joseph Gorman, Rachel Dillon. 2. Niamh Crowe, Roisin Crowe
Sect B 4th place 4. Shona Bell, Michaela Finn.
Comp 13 A Cloneen Jig 1 = 1st place 4 = 4th place
1. Lauren Hickey, Sadhbh O'Rourke. 4. Wayne Kelly, Megan Grufferty
Comp 14 NPW Walls of Limerick 1st place. Sect A 2. Conor Lynch, Rachel Kelly
3rd place Sect B 6. Julie Buckley, Michaela Finn.
Comp 15 B Harvest Time Jig 3rd place Wayne Kelly, Megan Grufferty, Vivienne Kelly.
Our own Feis is on 25 March and we would love people to come and support it as it will be held in Laurence's Hall this year! We will be doing an exhibition on St. Patrick's Day after Mass and there will be tickets on sale too! Tickets are E2 each with some great prizes like a TV-DVD combi, food hamper, easter egg hamper, etc.
LARRIES LORE: And so to happenings at St. Laurence's GFC. Please see listings under 'Ballitore, Narraghmore'
JACINTA'S JOURNEY: Jacinta Murphy (nee Livingstone) is heading to Belarus for a week in April to help out in an orphange together with 10 others, including Montessori teachers like herself. They will be doing a range of summer camp activities with the children. She would be grateful for any donations to this good cause as she has to pay for her flight, accommodation and also has to bring supplies for the summer camp and for the children. Donations can be handed in at the weekly Kilmeade Figure Dancing class any Friday night.
UP FOR FRANCES: Do any readers out there know what a Bungee Slingshot is? Frances Watchorn confesses to "I kind of went through a crazy moment in college and signed up to do a Bungee sling shot in three weeks in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association.. Any donations would be greatly appreciated!" They can pop down to her home or drop down to the weekly class at St. Laurence's. Best of luck Frances and mind those precious flying feet!
CONDOLENCES: The sympathy of the community is extended to Carol Ashmore, Elone, Fontstown, on the recent death of her mother, Florence Harriet Barrett, Dunlavin. Mrs. Barrett died at Tallaght Hospital in her 96th year and her death is deeply mourned by her three children, family and friends.
Ar dheis D go raibh a anam dilis.
Daffodil Day will take place this year on Friday, March 23.
Our local daffodil sellers need as many flowers as they can get. You've been admiring your daffodils for a few weeks now so perhaps it's time to give them to either Lil Kelly, Bridie Corrigan, Eileen Fleming or Kay Donovan. Much needed funds will be raised for the Irish Cancer Society.
ST. PATRICK'S WELL: The ecumenical service will be held at 3pm on St. Patrick's Day and, once again, you are all invited to come along. Thanks as always to the Plewman Family, Glassealy, on whose lands the well is situated, for allowing the community access.
MN NA hIREANN: Happy Mothers Day to all the great Kilmeade mums for next Sunday, March 18. May you enjoy a day of pampering from your families.
BEANNACHTA NA FILE: Happy St. Patrick's Day to all readers of the Kilmeade Notes, both at home and, especially abroad.
CPLA FOCAIL: Everyone has at least a few words so why not give it a go this week, 'Seachtain na Gaeilge'.
THINK ON: "Lest we should ever forget..." The money is in, the committee is flushed with success but, as far as this correspondent is concerned, the most beautiful gesture after the Fashion Show at the Clanard Court was made by Amanda O'Toole when she asked this correspondent to take some beautiful bouquets of flowers and place them on the graves of deceased past pupils from Scoil de Naofa. Too many of these wonderful young people are buried in the graveyard adjacent to their school but it was with a real sense of pride that, accompanied by my friend, Ettie O'Brien, I did as Amanda requested on a beautiful sunny Saturday morning after the Fashion Show.
Thank you Amanda for showing all of us what truly mattered.