Good Food Outlet and Leanne Moore of Go Gym Limerick have put together a healthy and delicious ready-made meal. From now until the end of September the Good Food Outlet will be donating one euro to the charity Cliona’s Foundation for every one of the meals sold. Pictured are Pat and Mary Power, Good Food Outlet, Leanne Moore, Go Gym Limerick, Brendan and Terry Ring, cofounders Cliona’s Foundation (back) with fitness model Eamonn Baggott, Richard Lynch, ilovelimerick, rugby star Joy Neville and fitness trainer Colm Moran. Picture: Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick

Good Food Outlet & Leanne Moore give Cliona’s Foundation food for soul

Fitness guru Leanne Moore is teaming up with the Good Food Outlet to raise vital funds for Limerick-based charity Cliona’s Foundation.

The Good Food Outlet and Leanne Moore have put together a healthy and delicious ready-made Go Gym Fitness meal that will be available to buy exclusively at the Good Food Outlet from now until the end of September. For every one of the Leanne Moore meals sold, the Good Food Outlet will be donating one euro to Cliona’s Foundation. Leanne is an official ambassador for the charity and was recently joined by fellow Cliona’s Foundation ambassador and World Rugby Referee of the Year Joy Neville to launch the meal.

Cliona’s Foundation is a Limerick-based charity that provides financial assistance directly to parents of children with life-limiting or chronic complex care needs across Ireland to help with the non-medical expenses related to caring for their child over a long period of time. The Foundation was set up by Brendan and Terry Ring, following the death of their daughter Cliona, from an inoperable brain tumour in 2006 aged 16.

Leanne Moore is one of Limerick’s brightest stars. After rising to fame on RTÉ’s You’re A Star in 2008, Moore has since cultivated a career in TV, music, and fitness. Along with her popular blog and social media following, Leanne made her business debut with Go Gym Limerick, a one of a kind gym experience located in Coonagh Cross which she launched with her business partners in 2017.

A family-owned business, the Good Food Outlet is a Limerick based food production company employing nine people and founded by Pat and Mary Power. After five years of food production, the Good Food Outlet opened its first retail outlet on the Ballysimon Road one year ago. The Good Food outlet makes healthy food accessible to the people of Limerick and provides food for a number of healthy-living goals. They also have the best selection of healthy fresh meals, high-protein foods, supplements and protein products in Limerick.

Leanne said, “We at Go Gym Limerick are delighted to team up with The Good Food Outlet on this project. Two local businesses coming together to help a local charity. I chose salmon for my meal because I adore fish but it will also be available with chicken so hopefully, it will appeal to everyone. I went for salmon or chicken in a pesto crust with baked sliced baby potatoes and mixed veg. Tasty and super healthy. It’ll be available from The Good Food Outlet and we will hopefully stock some in Go Gym too. People will pay the regular price for the meal and €1 of their money will go straight to Clionas Foundation. It’s amazing.”

Good Food Outlet

Good Food Outlet and Leanne Moore of Go Gym Limerick have put together a healthy and delicious ready-made meal. From now until the end of September the Good Food Outlet will be donating one euro to the charity Cliona’s Foundation for every one of the meals sold. Pictured are Brendan Ring, cofounder Cliona’s Foundation, rugby star Joy Neville, Leanne Moore, Go Gym Limerick and Mary Power, Good Food Outlet. Picture: Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick.

Mary and Pat Power, owners of the Good Food Outlet commented, “What I love about Cliona’s Foundation, is that any money raised through fundraising has an impact straight away for a family who are under stress due to the cost of medical expenses. These donations provide immediate relief for these families, and the expenses Cliona’s Foundation provide money for are the things people don’t think of when a child is ill.”

Joy Neville adds,” Cliona’s Foundation receives no state funding. Since its launch, Cliona’s Foundation has raised in excess of €1.4 million and has helped more than 500 families across 29 counties. It is Brendan and Terry’s intimate understanding of the stress brought upon these families that explains the diversity of expenses covered by Cliona’s Foundation – from accommodation, rent, food, car parking, utility bills to transportation for hospital treatment or alternative therapies, to a treat for a sibling and even covering the cost of a child’s funeral.”

“Leanne has been a wonderful supporter for a number of years”, said Brendan Ring, co-founder of Cliona’s Foundation. “We are absolutely delighted and honoured that she, along with the Good Food Outlet have selected Cliona’s Foundation to benefit from this new healthy Go Gym Fitness meal. Funds generated will help us support some of the 18 families we currently have on our waiting list along with increasing our profile to the Good Food Outlet customer base and Leanne’s many followers. It’s Good Food that will be good for everyone involved.”

For further info contact Mary Power, Good Food Outlet at [email protected] or Phil Deegan, Cliona’s Foundation at [email protected].

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Cailyn Ireland counter launch at Shaws, Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick make up artist Michelle Regazzoli Stone, fitness expert Leanne Moore and style and Cailyn Makeup Artists Aimee and Lisa. Picture: Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick 2018.

MRS MakeUp and Leanne Moore celebrate the new Cailyn Ireland Cosmetics stand at the Crescent Shopping Centre

by ILoveLimerick correspondent Eimear Kelly 

Cailyn Ireland have opened a new island floor cosmetics stand in Shaw’s Department Stores at The Crescent Shopping Centre and to celebrate the official launch on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 pm, Michelle Regazzoli Stone aka MRS Makeup, one of the most well-established make-up artists in Ireland and the UK will be holding an instore masterclass, doing a makeover on fitness guru, Leanne Moore.

MRS Makeup, Michelle Regazzoli Stone is a very well established and talented makeup artist whose work is regularly featured in many publications and magazines such as Hello!, Closer, VIP, RSVP and Confetti Bridal to name but a few. Some of Michelle’s regular clients include former Miss World Rosanna Davison and The Only Way is Essex stars, Samantha and Billie Faiers.

Leanne Moore, You’re a Star winner, journalist, TV Presenter, panto star, fitness guru and blogger is Mrs. Makeup’s model for the evening. Mrs. Makeup will guide guests through the Cailyn Cosmetics product range, showing her tips and tricks to make the most out of the products.

Michelle said, “I am so excited to meet everyone in Limerick and thrilled to be making over one of Limerick’s leading ladies Leanne. Leanne is a fitness expert and I want to do a look on her focusing on the 3 key essentials of Cailyn – Long wear, smudge proof, waterproof. Leanne is the ideal person to work on to show just how incredible Cailyn cosmetics are.”

Leanne said, “ I am so excited as I love makeup as much as any girl. As a girl on the go, I am extremely active and I want to learn how to apply my makeup so it lasts throughout the day, but stays looking fresh. I am also eager for Michelle to show me how to take my day look into night. She is the expert!”

Annette Gayson of Cailyn Ireland adds, “Makeup application, one on one lessons and fantastic customer service awaits you at Cailyn, where our wonderful makeup artists Aimee and Lisa are on hand to pass on all the tricks and tips to get the most out of your products. We are honoured to open our first national outlet showcasing over 60 lines in Limerick, my home and my favourite place to be.”

Produced in L.A., Cailyn Cosmetics was established in 2000 and the brand was introduced to Ireland in 2014  and has gone from strength to strength. They provide a variety of high-quality product lines including mineral based face and body makeup, as well as naturally inspired skin care lines and nail care products.

Cailyn was originally created for the high fashion industry so it is high definition, super long lasting, hard wearing makeup. Mineral based and certified cruelty free, it truly is beauty engineered!

Tickets for the Cailyn Ireland MRS MakeUp Masterclass taking place from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, May 30 in Shaw’s Department Store at The Crescent Shopping Centre can be purchased on Eventbrite and instore for only €20. Ticket price is redeemable against the purchase of two products on the night. For more info contact Annette at [email protected].


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Bnest Social Incubator Showcase 2018. Picture: Ciara Maria Hayes for Ilovelimerick 2018. All Rights Reserved

BNest Social Incubator Showcase 2018 gives Midwest Social Enterprises a platform to shine

BNest, the first dedicated Social Enterprise Incubator, is an initiative created specifically to support social entrepreneurs nurture their start-ups, and caters to all types of organisations from charities to businesses with a social conscience. On Tuesday, March 13, BNest held their Showcase Day 2018 to highlight these enterprises and the substantial progress that has been made with the help of BNest, as well as to allow others to view the real social impact that each individual organisation is having on the broader community they are serving.

Since September 2016, in partnership with Nexus Centre UL, BNest have been running a six-month programme in which emerging social enterprises learn how to get their new organisations off to the best start by focusing on key areas related to developing their enterprises, in terms of business, social and personal aspects.

Bnest Social Incubator Showcase 2018. Picture: Ciara Maria Hayes for Ilovelimerick 2018. 

Eamon Ryan who founded and self-funded BNest said, “We are the first fully-fledged social incubator in Ireland, and the idea was to create a peer group which shared experiences that could help one another. BNest has been given a home by the University of Limerick, where participants have access to the full facilities of the Nexus Innovation Centre. The venture is being philanthropically funded for three years at a cost of about €20,000 per programme, while participation is free for the enterprises selected. Last year, nine enterprises completed the programme, and this year another eight enterprises took part.”

At the BNest Social Incubator Showcase 2018, the graduates showcased their enterprises, which are achieving real social impact across the Midwest, dealing with various issues from mental health to the environment. Eamon adds, “These passionate people have worked on their projects for the past 6 months and it was so exciting to have a showcase event, so people could learn about each of the projects and meet the people behind them. Its all about people stepping forward to do something that they see is not being done and with this year’s crew it was a privilege to have people in this group taking and sorting real issues and problems facing our community and society in general.”
In addition to the display booths a short informal presentation was made by each enterprise including Limerick Autism Group, a support service for autistic children, their parents and siblings and Visual Limerick, a project to help showcase the positive attributes of Limerick by utilising shop windows and promoting Limerick’s educational, literary, artistic and innovation works, concepts and ideas.

Current BNest Incubator participant, Catherine O’Brien set up an online platform for parents of children with special needs called ‘ODODO’, and says that working with BNest has, “Helped improve my original concept as it enabled me to take it apart, and build it right back up.” Evelyn Pepperrell of ADD/ADHD Midwest Support Group who completed the programme last year said, “The programme has given our group massive confidence in putting our message forward. The ongoing support for our project has continued to be invaluable as you have on the spot follow up if issues arise.”

The Limerick Gateway to Education was also involved with the BNest Incubator last year. Founder, Suzanne Roche said, “I took part in the BNest Incubator programme last year, and its content and ongoing support for our project has continued to be invaluable. When I started the project in 2012, I was very much on my own, it’s a fantastic programme as you have on the spot follow up if issues arise. A great programme to get involved in, if you’re a start-up.”


Bnest Social Incubator Showcase 2018. Picture: Ciara Maria Hayes for Ilovelimerick 2018. 

On the day, there were various guest speakers from Carmel Fox, former CEO of Ballyhoura Development, and 18-year-old Emily Duffy, founder of the Duffily bag, as well as Gert O’Rourke, centre manager of Nexus UL.


Fox spoke of the passion and drive required by people choosing a path, and spoke of the obstacles faced when building an organisation, as well as ways to combat these issues, funding is always problematic as many depend on the leader being able to find and engage a team of complementary skills around them.  This is a difficult challenge for all enterprises but one they need to solve, Fox explained.

The next speaker was Miss Emily Duffy, who founded the Duffily Bag at just 14 years old. Duffy spoke on the need to understand the real needs of the user. Her “sleeping bag” for the homeless was designed by engaging with them to fully understand what life was like on the street, delivered in a way that met their unique needs, not necessarily those that we might assume they have. She also spoke re the challenges of taking a great idea to scale, the need to balance control of the purpose of growing the diverse team that can deliver it.

Centre manager of Nexus UL, Gert O’Rourke aimed her talk on the importance of diversity within commercial and social enterprises.

For more information visit or email Kasia Zabinska, BNest Manager at [email protected].


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Caseys Centra

Caseys Centra Love Thy Neighbour Summer Carnival launch – Pictured: Jackie Bonfield, General Manager Mid West Simon Midwest Community and Duncan Casey, Mid West Simon Community Ambassador.

Caseys Centra host Love Thy Neighbour Summer Carnival in aid of the Mid West Simon Community and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue takes place on Thursday June 16, from noon until 3 pm, at the Caseys Centra store, Mount Kenneth on the Dock Road.

Munster Rugby star Duncan Casey, actor Myles Breen and Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick will be your hosts for a day of summer festivities with carnival games, free food tastings, drinks, music, prizes and giveaways galore with Limerick’s Live 95fm providing music during their live roadshow.

Caseys Centra are inviting guests to sample their tasty deli food offerings, including Mexican dishes, carvery dinners, sandwiches and salad creations. Carnival games include ‘Test your Strength’ where you could win a signed Paul O’Connell Munster Rugby Jersey, ‘Dunking Duncan’, an opportunity to dunk one of Munster Rugby’s hottest players into a bath of freezing cold water, Hook a Duck and Piñata Bash.

Caseys Centra

Caseys Centra Love Thy Neighbour Summer Carnival MC Myles Breen

All activities on the day are donation based and organisers are pleading for the public to dig deep in order to raise as much funds as possible for two extremely deserving Limerick based charities.

The event concept originated when management from Caseys Centra, located on the Dock Road, saw the positive impact they had on their neighbours Mid West Simon Community after they began donating unused food to the charity’s service users. Caseys Centra decided they needed to do more.  This evolved into a fundraising day for both Mid West Simon Community and fellow neighbouring charity, Limerick Marine Search and Rescue.

Kevin Foley, Manager Caseys Centra said, “Calling the fundraiser “Love thy Neighbour” came from us wanting to show our support for local organisations such as businesses, charities and communities. There is strength in numbers and if we all support one another, Limerick would be unstoppable. We want these charities to know we are there for them and will continue throughout the year to support them unconditionally.

Jackie Bonfield, General Manager Mid-West Simon Community, said, “We are so honoured that our neighbours Caseys Centra and Limericks Live 95fm have decided to support our fundraising initiatives with an event that not only shows the best of Limerick but also stresses the importance of how much we all need love and support from our neighbours.”

Joe Morgan, Chairperson Limerick Marine Search and Rescue said, “This year we are celebrating our 30th anniversary and in the spirit of community, the event really emphasises the importance of local support. Our organisation is volunteer based and we need to raise ongoing funds to continue the work we do.

Fergal Deegan, Marketing Manger Limericks Live 95, said, “We are thrilled to support our neighbours and the work they do. Limerick Marine Search and Rescue play a key part in tracing missing people in Limerick. The River Shannon is the life force of Limerick and this organisation keeps it safe for all of us. Mid West Simon Community reaches out to people who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or experiencing housing difficulties. Both organisations are vital to the Limerick community.”

Love Thy Neighbour Summer Carnival in aid of the Mid West Simon Community and Limerick Marine Search and Rescue is on Thursday, June 16 from noon to 3pm at Caseys Centra and all are welcome. 

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Sparkle and Shine Ball in association with Keith Duffy Foundation

Sparkle and Shine Ball in association with Keith Duffy Foundation – Pictured left to right – Keith Duffy, Leanne Moore, Celia Holman Lee, Lisa Duffy, Miriam O’Callaghan, Terry Ring, Jessica Mc Gurk, Richard Lynch, Brendan Ring. Picture: Dolf Patijn/ilovelimerick.

Sparkle and Shine ball in association with Keith Duffy Foundation had to be one of the most glamorous events to take place in Limerick this year and was a successful night. The ball was a star studded event with well known faces such as Miriam O’Callaghan, the patron of Clionas Foundation, Keith Duffy representing the Keith Duffy Foundation, Celia Holman Lee and Leanne Moore, one of the ambassadors of the Cliona Foundation.

The night began in the main lobby of the Limerick Strand Hotel where the elegant and extremely well dressed guests were greeted with prosecco and a tiered Ferrero Roche pyramid. The Unity Gospel Choir Limerick sang their hearts out and really set the tone for the evening, which was just spectacular.Sparkle and Shine Ball in association with the Keith Duffy

The guests gasped as they entered the main reception area as the room was completely transformed into a wonderland. This year the Sparkle and Shine initiative and the Keith Duffy Foundation, founded by Keith Duffy, decided to join forces to raise funds for their respective chosen charities and to give the Midwest region a night that has become one of the most high-profile events of this year.

The entertainment was never ending with Cole Page flying in from England for the night to perform. The guest were on their feet and then on their chairs very literally as Cold Page created an incredible atmosphere in the room.

In addition to Cole Page phenomenal performance, the Multi Award Winning Classical Singer, Amanda Neri will also be performing. Amanda has captivated audiences in such venues in Ireland as The Helix, Cork Opera House, Fota House, Bantry House, Longueville House, Siamsa Tire Theatre, Cork City Hall. Sparkle and Shine Ball in association with the Keith Duffy

The giving never ended on the night as the tombola raffle rose a whopping €4,000 alone. Then Keith Duffy took to the stage along with his trusty assistant Richard Lynch to start the auction! Members of the audience really dug deep for the charities as there was more than €35,000 for Clionas Foundation, Symptomatic Breast Unit and Mid Western Cancer Foundation.

Some of the auction prizes included his and hers Calvin Klein watches from Keanes Jeweler’s in Limerick and Bruce Springsteen tickets, afternoon tea in the Westbury hotel and a stay in the five star Conrad Hotel, Framed drawing by Martin Finnin with signed book of his works and concert tickets to concerts such as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and Little Mix.

The Keith Duffy Foundation has chosen Cliona’s Foundation to be their chosen charity for its inaugural event in Limerick. The aim of Cliona’s Foundation is to give financial support to families of children with life limiting illnesses, to help them pay for the vast amount of non-medical costs associated with caring for a seriously ill child, “I’m delighted to help raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation for the work they do, it is something that’s close to my heart as I have seen the financial burden on families caring for a critically ill child and as part of my work with the Keith Duffy Foundation which aims to provide support and financial assistance to a number of chosen children’s charities throughout the country. I am also thrilled that Miriam O Callaghan, a much respected broadcaster and the official patron of my chosen charity Cliona’s Foundation, is coming to show her support on the night.” Sparkle and Shine Ball in association with the Keith Duffy

The night was a complete success and the guest who attended partied on into the late hours having given back to these well-deserved charities. We cannot wait to see what next years event will be like and wish all the charities the best of luck!


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Climb for Style at the ultimate Ladies Luncheon in aid of Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin

Will O’Brien (Be Fabulous), Sharon Tucker (Style Columnist), Asta Lee (Asta Lee Personal Development, Padraic Frawley (Cornstore Limerick), Richard Lynch (ILovelimerick), Sinead Clohessy (Specsavers Limerick). Photo: Jonathon Baynes/ilovelimerick

Specsavers Limerick is thrilled to announce that they are hosting an exclusive ladies luncheon Climb for Style in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital on Friday April 15th 2016, in the Cornstore, on Thomas Street in Limerick. All proceeds from the event, hosted by Richard Lynch of ‘I Love Limerick’, will go towards the refurbishment of The Department of Ophthalmology in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Sinead Clohessy, Chairperson of Specsavers Ireland said, “This year is an extra special year for the Specsavers Limerick stores, as Limerick native and Specsavers staff member Tony Power has pledged to climb to base camp of Mount Everest this June, for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Tony’s incredible generosity and determination will see the money raised from his initiative going towards the refurbishment of The Department of Ophthalmology, which typically diagnoses and treats over 10,000 children annually, making it one of the busiest departments within the hospital.”

Specsavers Limerick is encouraging locals to climb on board with the store’s efforts and join them for the ultimate ladies day out. Kicking off at midday, guests will have the chance to win a covetable selection of prizes as they enjoy a day of relaxation, fun, music and fashion.

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a glass of prosecco. Once seated, guests will be served a delicious three course meal and entertained with all things glamourous for the day. If that’s not enough, Limerick’s favourite style and beauty gurus will be on hand to talk to guests about the latest trends, whilst sharing insider top tips and tricks.

One of Limerick’s most vibrant personalities, Richard Lynch will be your host for the day. Joining him will be fashion guru Will O’Brien, make up expert Fiona McNamara, style columnist Sharon Tucker and skincare specialist Ita O’Donnell.

Will O Brien from Be Fabulous Limerick will be talking you through how to select that all-important special occasion gown. Asta Lee from the Asta Lee Development Agency will join Will to give tips on how to find that perfect pose.

Fiona McNamara has become a household name in the Irish makeup industry as she has done many workshops for Irish blogger Suzanne Jackson aka SoSueMe. Fiona will be advising all you ladies on makeup bag essentials for everyday beauty. Ita O’Donnell of the Otto Clinic, will be talking you through skincare tips and how to get that healthy glow before summer.

Sharon Tucker, Limerick Chronicle style columnist, will be helping all you ladies with dressing for your body shape and embracing your curves.

Climb for Style at the ultimate Ladies Luncheon in aid of Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin

Asta Lee (Asta Lee Personal Development), Sinead Clohessy (Specsavers Limerick), Sharon Tucker (Style Columnist), Will O’Brien (Be Fabulous), Richard Lynch (ILovelimerick), Photo: Jonathon Baynes/ilovelimerick.

At the event Specsavers will also be launching the highly anticipated new Love Moschino eyewear collection and Kay Mulcair, owner of The K Boutique will be on hand introducing the new Love Moschino clothing collection for Spring/Summer.

The Climb for Style Ladies Luncheon in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital takes place on Friday April 15th 2016 at noon, in the Cornstore, Thomas Street, Limerick. Tickets are priced at €75 and are available to buy online at [email protected] or call Dee at 085 111 6514.

Follow the hasgtag #LimerickClimbForCrumlin on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for event updates.

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On Wednesday 4th March, the launch of Celia Holman Lee exhibition ‘Celia Holman Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon’ took place in The Hunt Museum. 

Mary Kennedy, from RTE’s Nationwide and Celia’s close friend, was there on the night to help launch the exhibition. In her speech, Mary mentioned ‘Celia is a champion of Limerick and Irish design, and it’s lovely that The Hunt Museum is putting on this exhibition in this, the year of Irish design. She is a great person for supporting the Limerick boutiques. It is a wonderful asset to the city of Limerick.” 

On the night, Celia said ‘I’m overwhelmed, I’m honoured. I’m so proud of Limerick design because 99% of the clothes that are on show are manufactured here in the area of Limerick over the past 30 years that I have been wearing them. There is a story from every single one of them and it makes me think back on many wonderful memories. She joked about her husband complaining about all her clothes in the loft, saying ‘at long last I’ve cleaned out the loft Ger!”

Mary Kennedy, Celia Holman Lee and Richard Lynch at the launch of Celia Holman Lee's exhibition in The Hunt Museum.

Mary Kennedy, Celia Holman Lee and Richard Lynch at the launch of Celia Holman Lee’s exhibition in The Hunt Museum.

Celia Holman Lee is a well known fashion commentator and television presenter along with being a respected model and agent. Both nationally and internationally-recognised, she has been active in the fashion industry for five decades. During this time she has received a myriad of awards and plaudits. She was voted by the public as the winner of the first ever VIP Style Awards in 2002 and has not been off the country’s Best Dressed lists since. Throughout her career she has continually promoted Irish designers, gathering an extensive collection of their work which the Hunt Museum is delighted to showcase in Celia Holman-Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon from March 5th to May 3rd.

Celia began modelling at the age of 15 while she was still at school after being approached while working as a shop assistant in a boutique in Limerick. Her early career as a model saw her featured in magazines, newspapers and fashion brochures and she subsequently started the Holman Lee Agency when she was 22 and it is now the longest established model agency in Ireland.

Over the years she has developed her signature style, appropriately glamorous on the “red carpet” and classically chic in her everyday life. She has always been a great supporter of Irish designers and has generally favoured them for some of the landmark occasions of her life, from choosing a figure hugging cerise dress by Limerick knitwear designer Caroline Mitchell for her only daughter Cecile’s wedding to a bronze sequinned strapless dress from designer John McNamara for her 60th birthday party. Amongst the renowned Irish designers’ clothes hanging in her wardrobe and due to be featured in the upcoming Celia Holman-Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon at the Hunt Museum are a selection from Michelina Stacpoole, Paul Costelloe, Miriam Mone, Patrick Casey, Joanne Hynes, Aideen Bodkin, Marian Murphy Cooney, Vonnie Reynolds, Peter O’Brien and Don O’Neill along with some custom made outfits from local designers Alison Cowpar, Fiona Whyte, Mariam O’Donovan, Linda Wall and Clair Costelloe.

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Celia Holman Lee in her early modelling career in the 1970s.

Celia Holman Lee exhibition at Hunt Museum

Celia Holman Lee in her early modelling career in the 1970s.

Celia has also gathered an amazing archive of press clippings from magazines and newspapers spanning the many decades of her career including cover-shots from magazines along with lots of magazine photos features on Celia with many featuring some of the outfits that will feature in the Hunt Museum exhibition Celia Holman-Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon. She also has many photos from her early modelling career in the 1970s and some very interesting original brochures with her modelling for Shannon Airport Duty Free Mail Order and various other companies during that time period.

For more information, check out Celia’s Facebook here
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St Munchins Community Centre 10 year anniversary

Pictured at St Munchins Community Centre 10 year Anniversary celebrations – Richard with Kevin O Reilly, Denise Mulcahy, Catherine Troy, Kieran O Neill, Chairperson St Munchins Community Centre, JP Mc Manus, Sue Anne Foley, Noreen McManus and Linda Ledger, Manager St Munchins Community Centre. Picture: Jonathan Baynes/ilovelimerick.

Spirits were high this week at the St Munchins Community Centre 10 year anniversary celebrations, after a decade of community enhancement and development, with special guests in attendance.

 JP and Noreen McManus attended the celebrations with daughter Sue-Ann Foley, in a show of support for the centre, and to turn the sod on the new day-care facility that will be built on the grounds.

After being presented with a number of gifts, in a show of gratitude for the help of the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, Sue-Ann Foley spoke to the crowds, encouraging the people who avail of the services offered to be “grateful” that they have people to speak for them, because “not every community has it. “We get plenty of applications in for centres such as this, and we try and help as many people as we can. It’s very easy to help St Munchin’s.

“My parents are very proud Limerick people.. And this centre shows what Limerick is about and the proper community spirit,” Sue-Ann said. Linda Ledger, St Munchin’s Centre Manager, thanked the McManus family for their continued support over the past decade. “None of this could have been done without JP McManus, he’s been our backbone. All our dreams have really just come true, and they’re even better than we thought.”

The centre continues to expand, taking over the grounds of the former St Lelia’s National School, which was one of three schools amalgamated into Thomond Primary, earlier this year. Thomond Primary is one of the many beneficiaries of the wide range of services that St Munchin’s offer to the community, with one of their newest ventures being the community café at the school, an extension of the café in the centre. Backed by social enterprise, six of the centre’s staff serve food to more than 250 students, giving them the chance to socialise with fellow students in the morning, over a healthy breakfast.

Linda Ledger spoke about the community café initiative, and its success so far. “There are some things like that, that we do, that you can’t put value on. There’s no glossy document, you just have to see it. And when you see something like that, it’s really wonderful,” she said. The new facility at the former St Lelia’s will be an “educational outreach” for everyone, young and old.

Paul Patton, Head of Further Education and Training, Limerick and Clare ETB, officially announced the major award in Healthcare Support that will be available in the new facility. Speaking about promoting education in the community, Mr Patton said: ““The whole idea is, as a social enterprise, is to work within the neighbourhood, and further afield.” This award covers modules, such as; Care Skills, Care of the Older Person, Care Support, Palilative Care Support, Infection Prevention Control, naming just a few. “We’re going to look at education in a completely different light.. We are tackling education, our way,” Linda said.

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