Sparkle and Shine with Keith Duffy?

Sparkle and Shine Easter Ball

Hi All

What a day it was yesterday! Sorry for the delay in posting but the day job and the 24 hr job of being a mummy is starting to take its toll 🙂

Now straight on to the nitty gritty about the press launch. I have never attended a launch before so I had no idea what to expect on arrival. What greeted me was a lot of hustle and bustle with people chatting, posing for photo’s and Richard Lynch of I Love Limerick, directing all the parties involved. I found a nice little corner to view all the happenings and to gather my thoughts and nerves before I even attempted to go in for a picture (and as you can tell from the quality I did not get very close). As a person I am generally not very intrusive and like to blend in the background but I came to write a honest, average Joe post about the charity event so I had to get out there and get a few photos.

So out I went to take some photos while trying not to get in the way….but yet I still managed to stand in the wrong place at the wrong time! A learning curve if there ever was one!


After about 15 minutes of trying not to get in the way, Richard introduced the lovely and inspiring Alice O’Farrell who started the Sparkle and Shine initiative after successful fighting breast cancer herself. She is now 5 years cancer free and wanted to give back to other woman in the Mid-West who are going through what she went through. She is supporting the Mid-West Cancer Foundation the soon to be opened Symptomatic Breast Unit in UHL.

All I can say is what a woman! I greatly admire her tenacity and drive to support other woman that are in the position she once was, a position that any of us could find yourselves in. Without people like Alice, who dedicate their time helping to improve our medical services by fundraising for much needed equipment we would be at a loss.

Keith Duffy then took the mic and explained how the Keith Duffy Foundation wanted to raise awareness and support charities outside of Dublin so they have teamed up with the Sparkle and Shine Initiative to raise funds for the Cliona Foundation, for the their first  Limerick outing.

The Keith Duffy Foundation have chosen Clionas Foundation as they provide non-medical financial support to parents with critically ill children. Keith felt this charity was deserving, as he has seen first hand the cost associated with caring for a critical ill child as result of  support the foundation gives to children’s charities around the Country.

I have to say that he was the perfect gentleman and so warm towards to everyone, a real genuine guy who completely understands and utilizes his status as an actor and singer for the benefit of the charities that his foundation supports.

The night itself is shaping up to be a great night. Miriam O’Callaghan will be Master of Ceremonies and Keith Duffy will be also in attendance, along with key people involved in the charities who are being supported. Unity Gospel Choir will perform at the bubbly reception and entertainment will be provided by Cole Page. There will also be a raffle and a live auction on the night.

Now I am going to be open and honest and say I did not speak to either of the key speakers myself and that was down to me and not them. This type of situation is all new to me and as you are already aware, I am not very good at them 🙂 Showing up was a huge step for me but upwards and onwards when I attend the Ball I will make it my mission to approach speak with them. My opinion is based on what I saw and heard and sometimes watching how people present themselves to others can tell us a lot more than a conversation ever will!

I could not finish the piece without also mentioning Valerie Murphy of Valerie’s Breast Care who kindly allowed me to attend the Launch and who is also part of the organizing committee. She made me feel so at ease in a room full of strangers, not an easy task!

The details of the ball are as follows:

The Sparkle and Shine Easter Ball in association with the Keith Duffy Foundation will take place on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday March 26 in the Limerick Strand Hotel.  Tickets cost €100 or €1000 for a table. All money raised will go:

Please check out the above links for additional information on each recipient.

You can check out the details of the Ball and get tickets through the following link:

I am so looking forward to attending and I am hoping for anyone who reads this piece, will get themselves a ticket or even better convince their companies to book a table for this worthy cause.

Sparkle and Shine Easter Ball

Yvonne xx

4 thoughts on “Sparkle and Shine with Keith Duffy?

  1. Hi Yvonne. Thanks so much for coming out to the launch. And for your very kind words. Xxxx would like to meet you next time and I love your blog!!
    Love Alice

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