Fashion with a heart to help flooded families in Limerick

Brian O’Connor

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Brian O’Connor

Orla Hickey, Mairead McMullin, Mary Honan, Gerry Garvey, Hilary Thompson and Lisa Meehan at the launch of the Fashion With Heart event which will be held on April 3. Picture: Gareth Williams
FASHION WITH HEART, an evening of fashion and musical entertainment in aid of flooding victims in Limerick’s St Mary’s Park, will be held early next month.

FASHION WITH HEART, an evening of fashion and musical entertainment in aid of flooding victims in Limerick’s St Mary’s Park, will be held early next month.

Hilary Thompson’s Modelling Agency, Limerick City Community Radio’s Mary Honan and some of the city’s best known musicians are behind the latest fundraising venture for flood victims.

The event will be held at the Strand Hotel on Thursday April 3 at 8pm and is supported by St Mary’s Aid and Limerick Chamber of Commerce.

“I was sitting in my kitchen at home and was thinking how devastating it would be for your home to be flooded,” model agent Hilary explained at the launch of the event in King’s Island Community Centre on Monday.

“Secondly, a lot of families have no home insurance. My team are going to row in with me and it won’t cost us anything only our time. I felt I was in a position to give something back,” she added.

For fashion fans Hilary’s models will be wearing the latest designs that will be available in local outlets such as Gretta Gibbs, In Vogue and Virginia’s.

Local designer Marie-Louise Reynolds will be launching her latest designs on the night. Marie-Louise is a daughter of the late Vonnie Reynolds - a popular designer who won international recognition.

Local entertainers including Limerick You’re a Lady writer Denis Allen, renowned tenor Derek Moloney and Harpist Madeleine Meehan are lending their talents free of charge for the event.

Singer/songwriter Lou McMahon is going to take a day off from recording the soundtrack to Famine - a $50million movie about Turkish aid to Ireland during the potato famine and starring Colin Farrell and Sean Bean.

Tickets are €10 and are available from Hilary Thompson, Limerick City Community Radio and Lu Lu’s on Catherine Street. Contact King’s Island Community Centre at 061 419 578.