Ladies who Lunch Day 14th May 2011

Ladies who Lunch with Special Guest Celia Holmen Lee

The buzz around the D4 Berkeley Hotel on Saturday 14th May 2011 was electric. The reason was it was ‘Ladies Who Lunch Day’ the style was crushing as you can see on our gallery page. Mike Cannon from Ikon Photographers did a terrific job and we were spoiled for choice as to what photos to print.

Celia Holman Lee with her wealth of experience was incredible; along with her beautiful models she did justice to our Living Gift Transplant Support Group launch day. As soon as she stepped on stage it was obvious she was the right choice for the day.

She was very generous with her time even as far as meeting the most senior lady 85 year old Creana and the youngest 7 year old Isobel, the excitement of the day was infectious, we had a ball!

Sheila Brock from Expressions


The fashion was superb and Expressions’ Ladies Fashion from Bloomfield S/Centre Dun Laoire, provided a stunning selection of fashion from sizes 16 to 30. The ooo’s and aaa’s could be heard as the elegant models showed the outfits as only they know how.

Mairead from Expressions


The owners Sheila and Mairead are a credit to the name Expressions’ their elegant shop is well known in Dun Laoire for many years. They donated a generous voucher as a prize for our draw. This is a shop to visit if you want exquisite fashion and top quality. Thank you for your support.

Award winning plus size boutique Ross Morgan of Clane Co Kildare showed their beautiful selection of outfits. Ross Morgan is the creation of Stephanie McCabe who is from Newbridge.

Stephine McCabe of Ross Morgan

Stephine McCabe of Ross Morgan

She has researched and developed this business project for the last 4 years, travelling extensively throughout Europe to source only the finest plus size clothes and accessories. They provide a complimentary in house styling service. The Boutique is very spacious with an air-conditioning system, chilled water and fresh coffee etc a terrific shop to visit when you need some good advice on style and well worth a visit.

To top it all Sam’s Cookies from Bray Co Wicklow donated a large hamper of their high quality cakes and biscuits and also left a cake for ‘everyone in the audience’. Their generous gesture put a smile on many a face going home. Thank you Sam’s Cookies for your kind donation. (Your lemon drizzle cake is to die for)

The D4 Berkeley Hotel was the perfect venue for everyone. Apart from its convenience to bus, dart, and taxi services the hotel has an elegance we are very partial to. Thank you D4 for your donation of an overnight stay for two with breakfast and an evening meal. (A lady who is a heart recipient is delighted with her win)Also we have to compliment the management and staff who were on hand to assist us in every way. Hats off to their expertise.

Thank you to Sandra Willoughby (Heart Recipient) from Mooretown Art Studios for her donation of a wonderful oil painting entitled “Ladies who picnic”. (Another Heart recipient won this prize)

Sean Dunphy, Legendary Showband Singer

Sean Dunphy at Ladies who Lunch

Sean Dunphy (Show-band Legend and 1967 Eurovision Contestant) finished up a great day; his huge resume of songs brought back memories to many of us. Sean (RIP) sadly passed away suddenly in the early hours of Tuesday 17th May 2011 at his home. Sean was very interested in lending his support to Living Gift. He underwent a quadruple bypass himself around five years ago and like us he wanted to give something back to help others. We were privileged that he performed for us that day. We found him a very sincere and kind man and we send our condolences to his wife Lily and family and friends.

As you can imagine the day was expensive but we cleared our costs and we were able to make a donation to Strange Boat (Donor Family) Foundation. They plan to set up a “Commemorative Garden” called “Circle of Life” – in remembrance of “All Organ Donors” and is due to be completed in 2012 in Salthill, Co Galway.

Martina and Denis Goggins set up Strange Boat Foundation for all donor families to help support one another in the unbearable aftermath of losing a loved one. Their only child Eamonn (26) a vibrant young man was left on a respirator after a car crash. Being the brave people they are they donated his organs as were his wishes and four people are alive today because of their humanity and selflessness. We think the garden is a fitting tribute to all donors. We have plans to visit the garden as a group when it is opened.

Finally we are very grateful to everyone who came on the day and to everyone who donated prizes for our draw, see our list of sponsors. We have some more plans to announce in our next update.

How we will ever top this day is beyond us at the moment but we are not put off if anything we are more determined to have an even better day next year. Watch this space!

Sponsors of the Ladies who lunch day;

  • Morgan Ross Boutique
    Clane Co Kildare.
  • Xpressions Ladies Fashions
    Convent Rd, Bloomfield S/Centre, Dun Laoire.
  • Sam’s Cookies
    Unit 2 Atlas Court, I D A Business Pk.
    Southern Cross, Bray Co Wicklow.
  • Ikon Photography
    27 Island View, Malahide, Co Dublin.
  • Mooretown Art Studio
    Mooretown, Kildare Town.
  • Orfan Film Productions
  • D4 Berkeley Hotel
    Lansdowne Rd D.4.
  • Simply Body Work
    Orthopaedic & Classical Massage
    Ballawley Lodge, Sandyford Rd, D 18.
  • Johnstown Pharmacy
    31 Johnston Rd., Dun Laoire
  • Pat Dooley Chemist
    37 Bishop St, Newcastle West, Co Limerick,
  • Pat Dooley’s Supervalu
    Bishops St, Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
  • Susan’s Hair Salon
    207 Phillipsburg Ave, Marino, D 3
  • Aiden Forde (Senator Windows)
    Cloncon Newcastle West, Co Limerick.
  • Deadline Couriers
    45 Herbert Lane, D2.
  • To all our friends who donated items which enabled us to fill the bags of beauty products we used as prizes our grateful thanks. Thanks to Donla Brennen and Lyndsey Russell Snr Events Coordinator from Events Partners Heritiage Hse in Dundrum. Also a special thanks to Bridget Forde and Martina Carey and Aideen McRory who helped us out on the day and Anne Wolverson and her sister Vera McRory who got Mike Cannon the photographer to donate his Saturday and took such fabulous photos for us, we are very grateful to you all.

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