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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Debs 2015: St Andrew's Debs Ball proves to be a real class act . . .

Stylish halter-neck gowns and smart tuxedos were the order of the day for College's fashionable debutantes

2015 graduates and dates arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin
2015 graduates and dates arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin
Thomas Rafferty, 19, from Bray, and Isabella Terrinoni, 19, from Blackrock, wearing Pamela Scott dress, arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
David Barry, 19, from Deansgrange, and Claudia McDonagh, 19, from Foxrock (wearing Cari's Closet dress) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Hugo Donnellan, 17, from Monkstown, Abbey Guest, 18, from Sandymount, Nathan McCarthy, from Sandymount, and Aoife Daly, from Stillorgan, arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin
Sam Power, 18, from Sandymount, and Holly Ryan, 18, from Howth (wearing a dress from dressdo.co.uk) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin
Ivan O'Keeffe, 19, from Blackrock, and Nicole Lee, 19, from Blackrock (wearing Pamela Scott) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Ross Nicoll, 18, from Greystones, and Lizzie McCann, 18, from Dun Laoghaire (wearing Cari's Closet dress) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Milo Dunne, 18, from Monkstown, and Victoria Byrne, 18, from Killiney (wearing Cari's Closet dress) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin
Alex Hackett, 18, from Blackrock, and Niamh Roe, 18, from Bray (wearing a dress from Asos.com's own brand) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Ross Headington, 20, from London, and Emily Binchy, 19, from Enniskerry (wearing dress bought in a boutique in Manchester) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin
Lucas Dreiling, 18, from Germany, and Keava, Mascott, 18, from Dun Laoghaire (wearing dress from the Design Centre, Powerscourt) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Former Head Boy James Carr, 19, from Killiney, and Abbie Sarratt, 18, from Shankhill (wearing dress from Simply Divine in Fashion City) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Saifa Kahani, 18, from Sydney Parade (wearing a dress her mom sourced for her), Lara Gallagher, 18, from Booterstown (wearing Pamela Scott dress), and Bebhinn Campbell, 18, from Greystones (wearing dress from axparis.com) arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.
Former Head Girl Serena Brooks, 18, from Greystones, and Jazze Henry, 18, from Dun Laoghaire, arrive for their school Debs reception. St. Andrews College Dublin, Booterstown, Dublin.

It was a trip down memory lane for those attending the St Andrew's College Debutantes' Ball.

The class of 2015 returned to their alma mater in Booterstown for a red carpet reception hosted by the parent teacher association.

Sweeping gowns in vivid jewel hues and twisted halter necks from Cari's Closet and Pamela Scott were popular with girls.

But the stylish young gents also brought their A-game, arriving in classic tuxedo suits.

Some bucked with tradition; Ross Nicoll, from Greystones, cut a dash in a colourful tartan kilt, while Leo Kevany from Killiney went for a loud printed suit jacket complete with a royal blue bow tie.

The debutantes posed for pictures outside before hurrying into the Senior Hall, which was brightly decorated with the school colours and balloons.

Proud

Proud parents milled about while the debutantes and their dates caught up with former teachers and recalled classroom memories.

Once the reception had drawn to a close, students jumped aboard a fleet of coaches and made a bee-line to The Pavilion, in Leopardstown, for dinner and dancing.

Guests were treated to a three-course meal of Caeser salad, chicken supreme and chocolate macaroons.

Once everyone had polished off the dinner, DJ Gary Lonergan took to the decks and everyone hit the dance floor.

"I requested Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader five times," former Head Girl Serena Brooks said. "Everyone was on their feet and having the time of their lives, the atmosphere was great."

There was plenty of joking, joshing and selfie-taking but in the blink of an eye the sun began to rise and it was time to go home.

"We all enjoyed a breakfast roll around 4am and then we started to make our way home," Serena said.

"It was a fantastic night and so nice to relive memories with friends."

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