Orlagh Winters: Kerry Wins Big In The Style Stakes

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Orlagh Winters

Orlagh Winters

ON Saturday night in the INEC in Killarney there was an array of stunning dresses that would not be out of place in Cannes or Hollywood. The style was simply bewitching and magical.

The reason for this fashionable ball was the annual AIMS (Amateur Irish Musical Societies) Awards. Kerry was very well represented and local couple Oliver and Geraldine Hurley performed a historical double act by winning Best Director for Oliver for Jesus Christ Superstar for Killarney and Geraldine for Whistle down the Wind for Tralee.

In my opinion their beautiful daughter Niamh won the fashion stakes hands down in a divine white beaded backless dress that she told me she had for her Debs ball.

Not surprisingly, there were a lot of black dresses as it is always a safe bet and worn with the statement neckpiece that I have written about before, a black dress will always be the picture of elegance.

Sequins and sparkles were out in force and that was just on the guys. One chap brought it to a new level with a jacket, waistcoat and bowtie made from black sequins.

Hannons of Castleisland were, as always, well represented including by myself. I have never failed to get a beautiful dress there for a black tie event.

Our own local GP, Dr Karen Soffe, wore a very individual take on a white tuxedo and looked exquisite. As well as appearing on stage, Karen is in charge of costumes for Tralee Musical Society and has an obvious eye for style.

As with every blacktie affair, there were a few mishaps in the fashion department, nearly all of these were bad undewear crimes. Black bras under white dresses and white bras under black dresses or the dreaded VPL.

These people clearly didn’t read last week’s column. With the fine weather last weekend, there were a few dodgy tan lines and a few red faces, although there were a lot more red faces at the end of the night from over exertion on the dancefloor.


Tim Landers was a popular winner at the AIMS awards in Killarney on Saturday night.

Our local guys looked very dapper in their suits and special mention has to go to Tim Landers who not only looked great but walked away with the gong for best comedian.

I have never seen a room of over 1,000 people erupt the way it did when Tim was announced as the winner. A very popular choice with societies from all over the country.

Overall Kerry were the big winners on the night both officially with the awards and most defintely for the style stakes.

Until next time folks,
Stay stylish!

Orlagh xx


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