My Week: ‘Limerick ladies spread their wings at Butterfly Ball’

Celia Holman Lee

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Celia Holman Lee

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THERE was some breathtaking glamour at the recent Mid-Western Cancer Foundation’s annual Butterfly Ball which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa on the Ennis Road. Over 300 guests were greeted at the entrance by piper Terence Andrews. The evening began with a champagne reception and entertainment by the Dolmen String Quartet. One of the highlights for me from the evening was “Something to Sing About” which is a global choir for cancer survivors, family members and supporters as part of the new support programme for cancer patients.

THERE was some breathtaking glamour at the recent Mid-Western Cancer Foundation’s annual Butterfly Ball which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa on the Ennis Road. Over 300 guests were greeted at the entrance by piper Terence Andrews. The evening began with a champagne reception and entertainment by the Dolmen String Quartet. One of the highlights for me from the evening was “Something to Sing About” which is a global choir for cancer survivors, family members and supporters as part of the new support programme for cancer patients.

Following the evening’s speeches, part of the entertainment was a Las Vegas-style casino night. The Radisson Blu pulled out all the stops and presented a fabulous four-course meal. Nigel Mercier, as usual, was wonderful as MC. There were raffles with lots of top spot prizes from generous sponsors and much, much more.

Funds from this year’s Butterfly Ball will now go towards the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.

WELL, ladies, if you’re looking for a real glamorous night out with great fun, fashion, a super atmosphere and best dressed lady competition, sponsored by Keane’s Jewellers, why don’t you join us for Cocktails, Cuisine and Style on Wednesday, October 21 at 6.45pm at the Cornstore Restaurant on Thomas Street. Some of the best fashion houses in the region will be showcasing all their autumn-winter collections - the likes of In Vogue, Thomas Street, Aimees of Cecil Street, Sinead’s in Annacotty and, from Adare, Catherine McCormack. It’s all for a great cause - the Children’s Ark Unit at the University Hospital Limerick. For further information see limerick@cornstore.com

BACK in August I received a call out of the blue from the beautiful Yvonne Tiernan, the wife of Tommy Tiernan, to tell me about an exciting new project that RTE were going to be filming for the first ever online chat show, screening on the RTE Player.

The Couch is a fresh and original take on a traditional chat format, centred around themes, rather than single interviews, all beautifully packaged into ‘snackable webisodes’. It’s a new format and a new way of storytelling, designed specifically for audiences watching online and on the mobile and it was all the brainchild of Yvonne Tiernan who will also host the series.

Guests include inspirational women such as Jo Malone, Maia Dunphy and yours truly. I’m honoured that I was one of the first guests on the new show and if you’d like to see the interview its available on the RTE Player on www.rte.ie/player.