Butterfly ball spreads its wings

Butterfly ball spreads its wings

WHAT A wonderful night we had at the annual Butterfly Ball held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in aid of the Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.

Over 300 glamorous ladies and gentlemen were greeted with a champagne and canapé reception while the dulcet tones of the Dolmen String Quartet filled the air. We then sat down to enjoy an amazing five-course meal and wonderful entertainment by Dinan School of Ballet from Ennis and five fun races organised by Hiya Events. The Butterfly Ball is now in its 9th year and continues to be one of the most high profile events of the Mid-West area social calendar. Looking elegant on the night were Lisa Treacy, Lorraine O’Connell, Edel Gupta and Paula Williams; also in attendance were my daughter-in-law Asta wearing a beautiful black and white evening dress by Be Fabulous and Michelle Meaney was looking radiant with her little bump, wearing a dress by The Ivory Closet. All the funds raised on the night went to Mid-Western Cancer Foundation.

Maureen O’Hara collection

WHAT an honour it was for the Holman Lee Agency and yours truly to be part of Maureen O’Hara’s fashion and memorabilia special event in the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum. We were brought back in time to the 1940’s and it was magical! There were incredible dresses from her movies: 1942 The Black Swan where Maureen starred alongside Tyrone Power, 1947 The Foxes of Harrow alongside Rex Harrison and of course the legendary movie The Quiet Man which was shot in Cong, Co Mayo alongside one of the giants of the movie industry at the time, John Wayne.

Footage rarely seen before of the actress was merged with clips from her best known films and it was breath-taking to watch as the models moved elegantly wearing her iconic pieces of clothing for the first time. These pieces will later make up part of the Maureen O’Hara wing of the museum, which they hope to build in the near future. I personally would like to thank the incredible and visionary Margaret O’Shaughnessy and her team for all their work in bringing this to Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum.