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Sunday 4 December 2016

Debs 2015: A fantastic night to remember for Rathdown pupils

There was sophisticated style and rocking music for Rathdown's class of 2015

Carl Noone, 19, from Monkstown, and Camilla Kelly, 18, from Blackrock (dress from Elliot Chambers - near Dundrum)
Carl Noone, 19, from Monkstown, and Camilla Kelly, 18, from Blackrock (dress from Elliot Chambers - near Dundrum)
Paul Kane, 18, and Sarah Dooley, 18, from Cabinteely (dress from Coast)
Ben Hogan, 19, from Cabinteely, and Hazel Heath,18, from Dun Laoghaire (dress from Joliedresses.com)
Freddie O'Reilly, 18, from Dun Laoghaire, and Orla McCormack, 18, from Cabinteely (dress form Phase Eight, House of Fraser)
Gareth Staunton, 20, from Ballinteer, and Heather Brennan, 19, from Cabinteely (dress from Covet in Powerscourt)
Alex Price, 18, from Churchtown, and Billie Donohoe, 18, from Wicklow
Mark Hayward, 20, from Blackrock, and Katie Coyle, 19, from Dun Laoghaire (dress designed by Sinan O'Mahoney, made in Roisin Cross) arrive for their Debs reception
David Evans, 18, from Kilquade, Wicklow, and Orla Heatley, 18, from Wicklow Town (dress from Fran and Jane)
Philip Black, 17, from Abbeyleix, and Ali Higgins, 18, from Greystones (dress from TK Maxx)
Ryan O'Carroll, 18, from Killiney, and Tara Hall, 18, from Glasthule (made her dress)
Robert White, 17, from Navan, and Orlaigh Sweeney, 18, from Enfield (dress from 'My Fair Lady' boutique in tulamore)
Mark Hayward, 20, from Blackrock, and Katie Coyle, 19, from Dun Laoghaire (dress designed by Sinan O'Mahoney, made in Roisin Cross) arrive for their Debs reception
Ferdy Emmet, 19, from Greystones, and Victoria Matuschka, 18, from Moone, Kildare (dress from lightinthebox.com)

The evening seemed to pass in a flash of chiffon and dancing for the debutantes of Rathdown Secondary School.

"It was over so quickly," past pupil Tanna Tan lamented. "But it was a fantastic evening and one that we will all remember."

The class of 2015 were bristling with excitement as they arrived at the Glenageary school grounds.

Deep reds, scarlets and crimsons proved popular on the night with most ladies opting for sweeping floor-length gowns.

The good people at Plan My Debs helped students organise a "classic debs".

Having chatted about college courses, the graduates jumped aboard a bus and made their way to the luxurious Tulfarris Hotel nestled in the Wicklow Mountains.

"It was a gorgeous hotel and overlooked the Blessington lakes," Tanna said.

Having admired the setting, the past pupils took their seats for a three-course dinner consisting of chicken supreme and chocolate profiterole dessert.

There was a drumroll when the tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony kicked off.

Jocelyn McCloskey was named the individual 'Most Likely to be Catfished' while Tanna Tan was deemed to be 'The Most likely to ID'ed When 30'.

"The awards were so much fun and everyone was laughing so much," Tanna said. "It was definitely one of the highlights of the night."

It was then time for band Catch 22 to start belting out tunes.

"They played a great mix of new stuff in the charts and old classic songs, so everyone was dancing," Tanna said.

DJ Ciara McCarthy then took over and kept the party going until the early hours of the morning.

As the sun began to rise, students were served tasty breakfast rolls before it was time to make their way back to Dublin.

"We were all pretty tired but it had been an amazing night," Tanna said. "It exceeded all our expectations."

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