IT was so heart-warming to see so many engaged couples browsing through the large variety of stalls at the Mid-West Bridal Exhibition at the University Sports Arena. The fashion shows went down a treat with the brides-to-be, mother of the bride and groom.
Each year as part of the two-day bridal exhibition we award a prize for the best dressed stand and this year the standard was the highest I had ever seen.
The prize for best dressed stand has been sponsored by Newbridge Silverware for the past 10 years.
The job for judging was left to John McNamara who commented that it was a difficult decision this year, but having two runner-up prizes made it even more interesting.
First prize went to hair and makeup by Catherine Hickey who was presented with a wonderful cutlery set from Newbridge Silverware. Second prize went to Ring-O-Roses’ Patricia Irwin who was presented with a voucher from Bunratty Castle Hotel and third prize went to The Attic Bridalwear boutique’s Orlaith Carroll who received a voucher from the Clarion Hotel.
While I was chatting with Stephen and Fiona Ryan of Ryan’s Jewellers, Roches St, they reminded me that they have celebrated 50 years in business on Roches Street.
Ryan’s Jewellers have been part of the Mid-West Bridal Exhibition from its inception and I want to congratulate them and thank them for their support throughout the year!