South Liberties take a little turn on the catwalk

Bernadine Grogan with Fiona Hayes.

SOUTH Liberties GAA club hosted its fab fashion fundraiser last Friday night, and its safe to say a ball was had by all.

The sold-out fashion and style event, which was organised to raise money to build a ball wall and carry out other work on the club grounds, took place in Ballyneety Golf Club and provided a jam-packed evening’s entertainment, hosted by Limerick Woman and RTÉ stylist Fiona Hayes.

I went along to get in on the action and pick up some top beauty and style tips from some of Limerick’s best.

The night kicked off with a makeup demo from AYU Cosmetics. The Irish brand was founded in 2015 and has just recently opened a store in Shannon Airport.

Sarah O’Reilly from AYU Cosmetics shared some valuable makeup tips while performing a live tutorial. She advised applying concealer before the rest of your base to ensure you’re not using too much product around the fine eyelines. She also advised using a concealer half a shade lighter than your foundation for a brightening effect – very innovative!

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Next up was Chloe Maher, personal shopper at Brown Thomas, who ran through what our wardrobes might look like in spring/summer 2024.

Chloe advised that having statement pieces like basic white t-shirts and wide leg denim jeans to build your outfits around is essential. The personal shopper also advised on having a good pair of white jeans and black trousers on hand too.

Coming into summer it seems both short and midi length loose dresses are the way to go as Chloe showed off a beautiful white printed midi dress as well as a short denim shift dress that just screamed summer.

Locals take to the catwalk

Local stores Pamela Scott, Meadows and Byrnes, and Lady Penelope were all on display in the event the crowd had been waiting for – the fashion show. There was a range of looks ranging from casual everyday wear, courtesy of Pamela Scott and Meadows and Byrnes, to more dressy evening looks from Adare Boutique Lady Penelope.

The crowd erupted during the men’s section as the South Liberties hurling team took to the catwalk to show off looks sponsored by Tony Connolly Menswear. The hurlers switched the green and yellow jerseys for some casual looks from Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, before going all out to model some stylish suits from Connolly’s.

Also on the lineup was was Limerick woman Chloe Walsh. Previously interviewed on these pages, the influencer, who set up her own clothing brand Cinched by Chloe in November 2023, gave the crowd a close-up of some of her piece and teased that ‘season two’ of Cinched by Chloe is in the works and launching in the next few months.

Speaking on the success of the night, fundraising committee member Bernadine Grogan said the organisers had “dug deep, they gave it wellie and we are delighted and very, very proud to have had such an amazing event”.

“It’s a brilliant club, it’s a community club, and we just want to secure the future of the club and invest deeply so that the future of the club is safe.”