actress and model Madeline Mulqueen made a brief visit to Ballinacurra Weston to present two local girls with certificates in sculpted nail art.
Meghan Collins and Molly Moloney attended classes at Limerick Senior College for ten weeks in order to develop their passion for nail art and design.
During the course, the girls learned how to apply gel nails and refills as well as studying the latest trends in nail design.
Meghan said the course had opened her eyes to other opportunities.
“This was the first time that I did anything like this, and I was a bit shy in the start, but now I’m looking at the possibility of doing other courses. I’d love to be able to offer more beauty treatments at the centre or to my friends.”
The two girls said they were delighted to meet Madeline who was accompanied on the night by her mother Mary and her boyfriend, Hollywood actor Jack Reynor.
Molly said to meet the stars was fantastic. “I couldn’t believe it when I found out that Madeline would be coming, it was great to get my certificate from a celebrity, my hands were shaking but Meghan had just done my nails so at least they were nice.”
The ‘Horse Outside’ star, who has just finished a course in personal training, praised the girls for sticking it out and completing the course.
“Fair play to them for doing it, ya know? I myself just finished a course and I found it really tough to keep it going. It’s such a novelty at the start to be doing a course and it’s really exciting, but it takes its toll on you,” she said adding that she will be calling on the girls to do her nails every time she returns to Limerick.
Before the presentation of the certificates at the West End Youth Centre those in attendance were treated to a show by local dance group, The Westenders.
One of the dancers, Tori Johnson said: “It’s really good and our dance teacher is really good as well. She helps us a lot and if we’re ever stuck on anything she’ll teach us how to do it right. Dancing for Madeline was unreal.”
Madeline Mulqueen said she really enjoyed the performance.
“They’re such talented little girls. It’s so good to see them all getting together and making new routines and stuff. I wanted to get up there and dance myself!”