After waiting for more than 2 years, the Ladies’ Day was back with a glamourous bang last Saturday week. As per previous years, all proceeds were going to a wonderful charity chosen by a member of the club. This year it was the very worthy Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Ireland, and we were delighted to raise over €3000 on the day.
The ladies were welcomed with a drop of fizz in the way of a Prosecco reception, kindly laid on by Ken and Mariana from The Salmo Social, before heading downstairs to enjoy a stunning three course meal provided by the fantastic team from ‘With Taste’. The wine with the meal was generously provided by our Club Sponsor SuperValu and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Following the meal, we had our charity speakers holding the attention of everyone in the room with their moving words.
Firstly, there was Anne Restan, a beneficiary, and Board Member for MS Ireland, who gave a real insight into the very complex world of Multiple Sclerosis and described the importance of both community support and international research, as key areas in dealing with the treatment and management of the disease. Marian Doyle spoke about the huge benefits of having the care centre in Rathgar, in supporting her throughout her illness and the hope of it continuing for all those who desperately need it in the community. The last of our MS ladies to speak was Niamh Loughnane, Regional Community Worker, who rounded up the charity speeches with a heartfelt poem regarding the difficulties faced when living with MS on a daily basis.
Following the wonderful speeches, all 80 ladies were then ready to dig deep, and it was on to the spot prizes and table prizes, which proved to be great fun. Although it became quite apparent not everyone in the room knew their own phone number, when being called by Tara!
The Best Dressed Lady was chosen by the ever-stylish Cllr Lettie McCarthy, who was on the lookout for a special outfit for an upcoming family event. The much-coveted award for this year went to Helen Oliffe who stunned in a pale pink two-piece skirt and tunic which she picked up in Majorca. Helen was delighted with her gorgeous flowers from Joanne Caffrey and a €200 voucher donated by Anne Gallagher of ‘thebeautykit.ie’. As always there was a magnificent prize worth over €150 for a lady at each table. There were also a few surprise awards, and this year Kate Burke and Tara Finlay were recognised for all their hard work and support to the club over the years.
The ladies then headed upstairs, with their gorgeous goody bags in hand, to the Ellis Bar for more prizes in the raffle, followed by music and dancing until late into the night. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by all, with tickets already being sought for the 2023 Ladies Day which will be back to being held in April once again. We will ensure to get a ‘Save the Date’ out as soon as possible!
The day could not take place without the support of everyone at DLSP, the local community’s generosity as well as the committee members involved in organising the day each year: Kate Burke, Gill Nealon, Johanna Davy, Tara Finlay and Sue Treacy. A thank you to Craig for printing off all our posters. And also, to our wonderful U18.5 girls who ensured nobody was without a drink or a raffle ticket throughout the day and night. Well done to Leah, Sinead, Lizzie, Holly, Niamh and Ciara. We were also delighted to have the continued support of Josepha Madigan TD and Cllr Lettie McCarthy. And lastly, a very special thanks to The Salmo Social for all of the work put in from making the club look great to making sure all of the ladies were catered for, throughout the day and night, here’s to many more events in our wonderful club!
Thanks also to Paul Finlay who was on camera duty. His photos are available to view on our Galleries page.