Blessed art thou among women

By Jimmy Rhatigan

IT WAS a case of blessed art thou among women.

For a spectacular show that attracted 370 enthusiastic women, 10 brave hurlers strutted their stuff in a marquee with state of the art facilities at Mountain View Golf Club in Ballyhale.

The event was to boost a pitch development fund at Shamrocks GAA Club so it was no surprise that local hurling heroes were on the red carpet.

And in fairness the boys did a brilliant job, delightfully supported by the ladies who loved the array of clothes from Kilkenny stores.

They may have been in the minority but the mighty men who are more used to tugging out at GAA grounds than robing themselves in fancy gear, were not out of place.

In fact they  looked to be quite comfortable and confident under the bright lights.

If they had a point to prove or if modelling was their goal then they were on a winner.

Models included Henry Shefflin, TJ Reid, Michael and Colin Fennelly, Joey Holden and Richie Reid.

Clothes were from Showcase, Lady Lorna, Michelle Treacy Millinery, Sharchic Millinery, Folkster, Villa, Vera Moda, Peaches, Mimi, Penneys, Ti  Adora, Detail for Men and Elverys Sports.

Super support came too from Snug Room, Lily Rose, Valley of the Roses, Kissane’s Pharmacy, Forever Living, Streetlights Hair and Hat Closet.

There was free Prosecco for fashionistas on arrival and a super show for which Sineid de Buitléir was a brilliant MC was followed by a  lively after party.

The crowd swelled as the local male population, eager to join in the fun, teamed up with lady friends for what proved to be a great night of entertainment.

In all there were 34 local female models and 10 males, some of them debs, who  did a magnificent job.

The event was splendidly organized by a committee that included Áine Fitzgerald, Caroline Devereux and Kathleen O’Keeffe.

There was great praise for a super afternoon and evening of fun. The doors were opened at 3pm and the fashion show began at 4.30.

It would be fair to say that everyone pitched in on a Super Sunday.