Gold Cup winner sparkles at Hollywood ball launch

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Richard Lynch; Sarah Brennan, organiser of The Ole Hollywood Ball; Gold Cup winning jockey Davy Russell; Leanne Moore and Terry and Brendan Ring of Clionas Foundation
GOLD Cup winning jockey, Davy Russell, took time out of his back-to-back racing schedule on Saturday to launch The Olde Hollywood Ball in support of families with critically ill children.

GOLD Cup winning jockey, Davy Russell, took time out of his back-to-back racing schedule on Saturday to launch The Olde Hollywood Ball in support of families with critically ill children.

The event in aid of Cliona’s Foundation, which will be a glitzy black tie ball with an olde Hollywood theme, takes place on April 26 with all proceeds going to Cliona’s Foundation.

Joining Davy at the launch held at Limerick Racecourse were well-known personalities Richard Lynch and Leanne Moore who will jointly host the ball, Sarah Brennan and Catríona Kennelly, organisers, and Brendan and Terry Ring, founders of Cliona’s Foundation.

The foundation was one of the charities profiled by the Secret Millionaire, Richard Mulcahy, on his undercover week in Limerick. The charity was also behind the Guinness World Record attempt at Croke Park last December for the Stars Choirs and Carols event.

Davy, just back from his incredible Cheltenham racing festival where he won the coveted Gold Cup race, said he was “absolutely thrilled” to be asked to launch and attend the event in aid of Cliona’s Foundation. “This charity has a straightforward approach and that is to provide financial assistance to families with critically ill children. Chances are, we all know a family with a seriously ill child, and, who knows what may happen in the future, when we may need support from Cliona’s Foundation for our own ill child.”

The Olde Hollywood Ball is being organised by three very enterprising young women from Limerick - pharmacists Sarah Brennan and Jessica Hanley along with dentist Catríona Kennelly who were living together as students when they saw the first run of the RTE 1 Secret Millionaire documentary in September 2012. The three girls were so moved by the programme and by Cliona’s Foundation that they decided to organise a fundraiser to help other families with critically ill children. With an equine background the girls decided that a black tie ball with a horse racing theme would work and felt Davy Russell would be a very fitting guest personality for the night. A pair of signed jodhpurs will be auctioned on the night with all proceeds going to Cliona’s Foundation.

Sarah Brennan, one of the organisers said: “We were completely in awe of the foundation and we just looked at each other after watching the RTE documentary and decided there and then that we wanted to help other families with seriously ill children in Ireland. As pharmacists, we see parents coming into us asking for medication for their ill children and you just know that they are trying to cope on many levels.”

The Olde Hollywood Ball takes place on Saturday, April 26 with drinks reception at 7pm and dinner to follow in the Dunraven Arms Hotel, Adare. Special room rate applies for ticket holders on the night. Contact John Shovelin on 061 605900 for more details. Tickets for the Old Hollywood Ball cost €65, for drinks reception, dinner and music. Contact Sarah on 087 923 6915 for tickets.