Limerick fashion show to help kick start Murroe’s field project

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Blessed among women: Fr Simon Sleeman, Glenstal Abbey is joined by organisers Siobhan Cusack, Kay Doherty, Hilary Thompson, Kathryn Buckley and models Kerri Sheehy wearing an outfit from Gretta Gibbs and Sharon Tucker in a dress from Sinead Boutique at the launch of the Murroe field project fashion show
MURROE Community Council haven’t wasted any time in getting the ball rolling to raise money for their field project.

MURROE Community Council haven’t wasted any time in getting the ball rolling to raise money for their field project.

Last January, Murroe Community Council purchased six acres in the village for €125,000. It was a bargain as it was previously bought for close to €2.5 million in the boom.

The plan is to develop it for the growing local population - an estimated 500 houses were built in Murroe during the Celtic Tiger but without facilities to match.

An extensive survey has taken place to get locals’ views on what they would like to see happen there. But whatever they do, they are going to need money.

Their first fundraiser is a fashion show in the Castletroy Park Hotel on Friday, May 30 beginning at 7pm with a reception. The runway show begins at 8pm with models from the Hilary Thompson Agency, local men, women and children also hitting the catwalk.

Chairman of Community Council, Fr Simon Sleeman, had agreed under duress to model on the night but there was divine intervention as it turned out his brother was getting married on the same day.

The organisers – Kathryn Buckley, Siobhan Cusack, Kay Doherty and Breda Byrnes - have worked hard to put on a fantastic showcase of fashion and have a list of shops (see below) as long as one of Hilary Thompson’s models.

Kathryn says they ran a fashion show for the school seven years ago and raised an incredible €17,000. While that was in different economic times they are hoping for a huge crowd. Tickets are priced at just €15.

“Sales are going very well. They are available from shops in Murroe, by ringing 087 2368251 or 087 6477536 or see the Murroe fashion show Facebook page,” said Kathryn, who adds that this will be the first of many fundraisers.

Fr Simon said as a result of a public meeting and the survey, they have a top five wish list.

“The top one is a multi-purpose indoor hall suitable for sports with a gym and changing rooms. Second is an all weather facility.

“Number three is a lit walkway around the perimeter for walkers, runners and cyclists. Four is a skate park and five is allotments,” said Fr Simon.

“It is a wonderful and unique opportunity for the community due to its perfect location in the village,” he adds.

Hilary Thompson promises a wonderful event for fashionistas with a range of clothes from boutiques, designers and shops.

“We will cater for all ages as well as men and children so it should be a great night. There is a prize for the best dressed lady and it is for a wonderful project,” said Hilary.

The fill list is Gretta Gibbs, Isobel, K Boutique, Pamela Scott, Carraig Donn, Lady Penelope, Amore Mio, Virginia’s, Mairelouise Reynolds, designer, Born Clothing, Number 15, Antoinette’s Hats, Tailor of Blue, Camden Square, Stitch, Tony Connolly, 7 Camicie, Esquire Menswear, Dunnes Stores, hair by Marbles, make up by Boots and Sinead’s Make Up and shoes by Serendipity.

All are welcome to attend.