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Pupils remember Ciara with charity fashion show

Maedhbh Grogan, Claire Purcell and Alice Mahony modelling outfits made from recycled materials in preparation for  the Coláiste Muire charity fashion show, being held in conjunction with the Martina Costello Modelling Agency,  in aid of CanTeen Ireland. Photograph by John KellyTHE life of a young Ennis pupil, who tragically lost her battle with cancer last year, will be remembered in style by her friends at Coláiste Muire.
Ciara Conroy from Quin passed away last May and later this year, her friends at the Coláiste will host a fashion show to raise funds for a cause that was very special to their late friend’s heart.
Ciara was very involved with CanTeen, a teen cancer support group, and funds raised from the fashion show, which will be held in March, will go to the organisation.
Transition-year pupils taking part in the Young Social Innovators’ Awards will be producing the show, while all second and fourth-year pupils are involved in modeling on the night.
Ciara’s family will be there on the night showing their support.
The show’s theme will be Beautiful things we love and love to share and the event is being held in association with Martina Costelloe Productions.
The fashion extravaganza will feature spring and summer collections from many local stores. Many of the designs on display have been created by the pupils themselves.
Pupils will be involved in all aspects of the show, taking part in the modelling, hair styling, make-up, production and making the sets.
Teacher Finola Howard said, “All the pupils are very passionate about this show. There are 60 in total involved in various tasks. Ciara had a lot of friends who are in transition year now so this show is very important to them. We know she would have loved to be involved with something like this, the theme of the show is based on beautiful things and she was a very beautiful and striking girl who loved fashion and jewellery. The pupils decided that rather than dwelling on the fact she had passed to instead celebrate her life.”
One of the pupils involved in the show, Mairéad Cunnane, described Ciara as “beloved” and she said all the pupils are delighted to be involved in the project.
The show takes place on Thursday, March 3 at Danlánn an Chláir at 8pm, with doors open at 7pm. The pupils will also be able to attend a matinee in the school that afternoon.
“CanTeen do wonderful work and we would like as many people as possible to come out and support the night. It’s sure to be a great night of fashion and fun,” concluded Finola.

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