Miriam O’Callaghan Fashion Show a Huge Success

A capacity audience filled the function room of the Charleville Park Hotel for the Fashion Event jointly organised by the Parents Association of the Holy Family Special Needs School Charleville and Charleville Heritage society, which had RTE TV` and Radio personality Miriam O’Callaghan as guest compere.
Ms O’Callaghan got a standing ovation from the attendance as she made her way to the commentary position adjacent to the catwalk, which she shared with Ursula Stokes of the Limerick based Model Agency. Prior to that Miriam had been mingling with the children from the Holy Family School and their parents, posing for photographs and generally chatting to everybody. During the interval in the show she got on the catwalk with the children of the Holy Family School and danced to the music of Keith Hanley.
The show itself was an outstanding success with a mixture of professional models and local people showing clothes from local shops, Chic Boutique, Charisma, Love Cherish, DS Clothing, Murray’s and Moran’s as well as the Walk-In Closet and the Ivory Closet in Limerick. But the biggest cheer of the night went up for the children of the Holy Family who also took to the catwalk and were every bit as confident as the next as they strutted their stuff to the cheers of the audience.
The interval entertainment was provided by local favourite and winner of the 2013 Voice of Ireland contest Keith Hanley, who was accompanied by local musician Catherine Horgan. The attendance was thanked by Ian Doyle, chairman of Charleville Heritage Society, who in his address said the purpose of the Society was to highlight and preserve local history and heritage, so that future generations could benefit from it.
“We commemorate the lives of people who are either from Charleville or are associated with the town and area, who made their mark in the arts, literature, academia and religion, politics and industry, business and sport. Presently we are involved in creating a history trail throughout the town and a number of plaques have been erected on local buildings and our ultimate goal is to provide Charleville with a museum,” he said.
He also thanked Miriam O’Callaghan for taking time out of her very busy schedule to be in Charleville for the night, the shops, the Ursula Stokes agency, the models and the Parents’ Association of the Holy Family School, which is on the campus of St. Joseph’s Foundation in the town, and the management and staff of the Charleville Park Hotel.
The Holy Family School was represented by its Principal, Margaret Looby, who was standing in for Dr. Martin O’Donnell, chairman of the school’s Board of Management. Ms Looby thanked the members of the school’s Parents’ Association and the Heritage Society and everybody who had participated in the organisation and success of the night. She thanked the members of the public for their support and said their money would be used to buy essential equipment to outfit the new extension to the school, which was handed over to them last week.
The chairperson of the Parents’ Association, Norma Relihan, also thanked her members and the Heritage Society for the huge contribution they had made to the night. A pupil of the Holy Family School, Nathan Sheehan made a presentation to Miriam O’Callaghan on behalf of the school to mark her visit to Charleville.