At the couple of meetings held to date in the process of setting up Castleisland’s Chamber Alliance, the ‘Ladies Group’ has been passingly referred to and held up as one which has blazed a trail and put the town’s fashion industry up there where it belongs.
The aspirations and the references all point to the Castleisland Fashion Capital of Kerry group which was set up here only a couple of years ago.
They reached another high point on Thursday night at Nana Bea’s Restaurant and Coffee Shop with their all-out fashion show. And, like the rearing of the child – it took the community effort to do so.
“We’re delighted with the positive feedback from the show. It was just that everything fell into place for us on the night,” said group spokesperson Jill Hannon.
“Nana Bea’s was just such an ideal venue and people loved the atmosphere which they had created there and they haven’t stopped talking about the delightful food which was served on platters right throughout the night – not to mention the wine.
“We were greeted with the wonderful singing of Bríd Mills and Thomas O’Shea on guitar and vocals and it seemed to set the tone for the night.
Witty, Wonderful Winters
“Orlagh Winters did such a witty, wonderful and thoroughly professional job as MC and kept the night lively, mischievous and surprising. Orla Diffily’s Upfront Model Management brought its usual professional standards to the show. Our local models were just great and the clothes were of a kind you’d see on the catwalks of London.
“We had a team of Transition Year students from St. Patrick’s College and St. Joseph’s Presentation Secondary who were a credit to their schools and to the youth of the area. They sold tickets, helped with the serving of food and they stayed on late and got involved with the cleaning up afterwards.
“Of course it’s great when an event like this comes together so well but it’s even better when you have the goodwill of the locality behind you. Mary O’Connor from the nearby Castleisland Carpets gave us the red carpet – for example. Noeleen Tangney and others came in with spot-prizes and that’s the kind of local co-operation which made it the night it was.
“And there was a turn for the publicans of the area too as the show finished at 10pm and most people were out for the night anyway and they headed off to the pubs locally to polish off a wonderful night,” said Jill.