Sunday 23 October 2016

Celebs and their debs ... taking a look back at a night to remember


From left to right: Caroline Grace Kennedy, Today FM's Mairead Ronan, and Fair City actress Rachel Sarah Murphy
From left to right: Caroline Grace Kennedy, Today FM's Mairead Ronan, and Fair City actress Rachel Sarah Murphy
Mairead Ronan
Rachel Sarah Murphy told acting coach what she thought of him
Ruth Scott with her mum.
Ruth Scott. Photo: Douglas O'Connor
Model Teodora Sutra
Teodora Sutra

Dodgy hairdos, miles of tulle and taffeta, and wilting corsages - the debs is a rite of passage that's as old as time.

With 'debs season' around the corner we asked some famous faces if their big night was a dazzling dream or a grim graduation.

There were plenty of "tears and tantrums" in the run up to DJ Ruth Scott's debs.

The former head girl at Convent of Mercy in Roscommon had organised an after party with boys and beers but the convent nuns put the kibosh on it when they were alerted to Scott's plans.

"There was murder!" Ruth said. "We were killed and it was all quite scandalous - tears, tantrums, the works."

Scott opted for a purple taffeta gown with long sleeves.

"There was no cleavage showing, because when you go to a convent debs in Roscommon at 17, it's frowned upon."

Highlights of the evening included dancing to Rock The Boat and heading back to her parents for a sing song.

Sadly, for Today FM's Mairead Ronan it wasn't such a joyous affair. Ronan attended St Michael's Holy Faith in Finglas Village and said after months of planning, the dance was a bit of an anti- climax.

"I'd built the night up to be so epic, inevitably it was going to be a let down," Ronan said.

"It was grand, but not the most amazing night I've had in a long dress."

Author and actress Caroline Grace Cassidy considers herself lucky to have attended her Debs at all. Caroline was a pupil at Sancta Maria College, Ballyroan and was something of a trouble maker.

"I was repeatedly warned that I wouldn't be allowed to attend the debs if my behaviour didn't improve," she said.

"But in the end we danced our legs off, drank moderately and ended up making a huge fry-up in my friend's kitchen at 5am."

Latvian model Teodora Sutra attended Gorey Community School and regrets slapping on the fake bake ahead of her debs. "I already had a tan from being in Latvia and it turned out kind of orange."

Cruising to her debs in Arklow in a BMW convertible with her date was the highlight of Teo's night.

Fair City actress and former Scoil Mhuire Cork student Sarah Jane Murphy was awarded the best dress for the Laura Ashley number she wore to her debs.

"I was delighted as I took the whole dress thing so seriously," she said.

Meanwhile, it was a fairy-tale night for Sarah O'Neill (18) this year.

The student at Loreto in Balbriggan (right) was crowned Debs Queen at her debutants ball in the Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa.

The brave teen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in June 2014 and over the past year has undergone chemotherapy, major surgery and radiation, which she finished five weeks ago.

Having recently passed every subject in her Leaving Cert despite only attending school for less than 25 days, a big celebration was well deserved.

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