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Friday 29 August 2014

Stars swap Fair City for catwalk in charity show

FAIR City actress Aoibhin Garrihy is taking her cast members on tour from Carrigstown to Clare.

The soap star has big plans for the festive season, including a break from the capital.

"It's going to be a mad night. Twenty Fair City actors will be coming down to Clare so it'll be great craic," she told the Herald.

She has roped her fellow actors into a charity fashion show that will take place at the Armada Hotel in Spanish Point on December 19.

Dancing

Fair City regulars Clelia Murphy, Aisling Burke and Dave O'Sullivan are just some of the names taking part in the event.

And Aiobhin, who plays Neasa Dillon on the RTE show, hopes it will be a memorable night for everyone involved. "Hopefully they will all leave with a few stories and sore heads," she joked, adding that there would be plenty of music, singing and sharply dressed celebs throwing shapes on the dancefloor.

"There will be loads of traditional music, so there will be lots of dancing," the 24-year-old said.

And once that's all over she is planning a quiet Christmas break.

"I always head back to Doolin for Christmas," Aoibhin told the Herald. "My mum does most of the cooking. I'm not very domesticated. It's not a skill of mine."

Rather than slaving over a hot stove, Aoibhin prefers throwing herself into the ice cold water at Lahinch Beach.

"I go for a torturous Christmas morning swim every year with my friends. It's less of a swim -- more a quick dip and several hot whiskies afterwards," she laughed.

The TV regular is usually pretty organised when it comes to Christmas shopping, but this year she's been far too busy organising the Lotus Child & Saint Vincent De Paul Charity Fashion Event in Clare.

"I finish up on Fair City on Friday and I'll be heading down to Clare the following week," she said.

Musical

"I haven't started Christmas shopping because I've been so preoccupied organising the charity fashion show."

Aoibhin is the granddaughter of legendary musician Chris Droney, but says unfortunately she doesn't have a musical bone in her body.

"It's one of my biggest regrets. Everyone in my family is so musical but not me I'm afraid," she said.

However, she says her lack of musical ability was not through lack of trying. "I tried my hand at everything, the tin whistle, the harp, the recorder -- but nothing stuck."

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