The DLSP Ladies Day 2019 – another resounding success!

The DLSP Ladies Day 2019 – another resounding success!

(15 Apr 2019)

The much-anticipated annual Ladies Day took place on Saturday 13th April here at Kirwan Park.  Each year the proceeds of the day are given to charity with Barretstown being the worthy recipient for this year.  Jane Leavy, Community Fundraising Manager at Barretstown, spoke about the benefits of the charity, not only for the sick children, but also around the support given to the entire family and in particular the fun camps held for siblings and parents during such a difficult time.

Our very own Kate Burke gave a moving account as a beneficiary of the charity, recalling how her son Kieran had such fun at the camp despite her and Karl’s initial reluctance to take part due to Kieran being so ill at the time.  She also told of the mischief Ian and Kevin got up to at that time, recalling ransom notes following the kidnapping of one of the 12 dwarves! Kate also spoke of how the bereavement camp helped her and the family following Kieran’s loss and how it had supported them in their darkest days. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, as all 130 women gave Kate a standing ovation following her very moving words.

It was then on to a beautiful three course meal provided by John & Derek of the Step Inn and the fantastic team alongside some familiar looking waiters in the form of our very own U20 players: Adam Nealon, James Feeney, Cian Lillis and Jake Finlay.

Some of the courses were generously sponsored, with thanks to Carr & Son Ltd for the delicious salmon starter while Marie's Cakes lovingly prepared the desserts; as always Dan McCartney (DLSP Chairman) contributed generously to the day in providing the wine for the meal. We would also like to thank our friends in Naomh Olaf GAA club for loaning us some tables for the day.

Whilst savouring the last of the lemon meringue tart it was on to the fun events of the day. There was a surprise raffle for those who found a feather under their chair, 13 table prizes including beautiful Chupi jewellery, a Nespresso coffee machine and hampers worth over €300.

The Best Dressed Lady prize was chosen by the 2018 winner Toni Nutty alongside Cllr Lettie McCarthy and Tara Finlay and was awarded to Jill Tyrell who stunned in a beautiful deep coral two-piece outfit. The DLSP girl’s rugby coaches, Liza McCarthy and Maeve Gebruers were also recognised with beautiful bouquets of flowers for their tireless efforts with the DLSP girls' teams every Sunday and Wednesday come rain or shine.  

The ladies then headed upstairs to the Ellis Bar for more raffle prizes, followed by music and dancing until late into the night. The glamour and entertainment also proved a much-needed tonic to the lads returning from a hard-fought defeat at Malahide in the Madden Cup Final.  There were shapes and bodies being thrown from all angles of the dance floor!

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: Tara Finlay, Kate Burke, Gill Nealon, Edel Roe, Sue Treacy and the recently recruited Johanna Davy.  A special thanks to John Crothers for his role this year with regards to nominating Barretstown and helping us source prizes for the day, as well as being onsite to take some stunning pictures on the day.  We were delighted to have the continued support of Cllr Lettie McCarthy and this year we also welcomed Minister Josepha Madigan TD and Frances Fitzgerald TD to the list of esteemed guests. With the numbers growing year-on-year for this much-loved event, be sure to get your tickets early next year!

All the photos from a fantastic day can be viewed here:


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