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Saturday 3 December 2016

Debs 2015: No stretch limos as Holy Child debs hitch a lift with their parents

Jessica O'Brien (18) wearing Embrace Bridal and Roghan McMahon (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstow
Jessica O'Brien (18) wearing Embrace Bridal and Roghan McMahon (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstow
Andrew Ryan (18) and Emma McCann (18) wearing TKMaxx at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown.
Sean McManus (18) and Sarah O'Sullivan (19) wearing Marian Gayle at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Ross Brennan (18) and Cassie Kirwan (19) wearing Dresscode at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Aislinn Kelly-Oyth (19) wearing Cherri Hill and Sorcha McMahon (19) wearing Escape at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Stephen Barr (18) and Polly Demery (18) wearing Simply Divine at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Lydia Wafer (19) wearing Frockin Fabulous and Tom Simington (19) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Justine Foster (19) wearing Pamela Scott and Michael McKeon (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Jennifer O'Duffy (18) wearing a handmade dress and Rob Philips (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Rosie Culhane (19) wearing Dresses4Heaven and Ronan Fitzsimons (19) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Rosie Culhane (19) wearing Dresses4Heaven and Ronan Fitzsimons (19) with Jennifer O'Duffy (18) wearing a handmade dress and Rob Philips (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Eliza Casey (18) wearing Carris Closet, Rebecca McCarry (18) wearing Marian Gayle and Julia Appleby (18) wearing Covet at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Freya Williams (18) wearing Debenhams and Conor Fitzmaurice (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Lauren Hilliard (18) wearing Elliot Chambers and Jack O'Sullivan (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Eliza Casey (18) wearing Carris Closet and Matthew Farrell (19) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Judy O'Toole (18) wearing Pamela Scott and Cillian Greene (20) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
David Swords (19), Kate Massey (19) wearing Marian Gayle, Eilis Keogh (18) wearing House of Fraser and Matthew Farrell (19) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Natalie Barnes (18) wearing Pamela Scott, Lucy O'Connor (18) wearing Debenhams, Maeve McCaul (18) wearing House of Fraser at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Orla McDonald (18) wearing Fashion City and Bill Moulton (18) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Brian Fitzpatrick (18) and Taylor Barry (18) wearing So Amazing at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Genevieve Sanne (18) wearing TopShop and Annabel Cleere (18) wearing Sharon Hoey at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Lucy O'Connor (18) wearing Debenhams and Sarah Donovan (18) wearing Starla at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown
Shane Fenlon (17), Lydia Dodd (18) dress from America, Judy O'Toole (18) wearing Pamela Scott and Cillian Greene (20) at the Holy Child Debs in The Pavillon Leopardstown

It was a family affair for the past pupils of Holy Child, Killiney, who arrived at their debutante ball with their parents in tow.

"Lots of us had met up at a friend's house and then got a lift with our mums and dads to the debs," former student Sarah O'Sullivan said. No stretch hummers or limos here!

The glitzy shindig, organised by Plan My Debs, took place at the Leopardstown Pavilion and guests were treated to a champagne reception on arrival.

Ladies opted for sweeping gowns in creams and baby pinks while gents went for classic tuxes.

"We had a Facebook group about the dresses to make sure no one arrived in the same outfit," Sarah O'Sullivan said.

A slideshow of embarrassing baby pictures was projected on to one of the walls and generated much conversation.

"It was a bit like a before-and-after show," Lydia Wafer said.

"A picture of each student in sixth year was beside a picture of them as a baby.

"It was a great conversation starter."

With hundreds of photos taken, the parents were dispatched and the debutantes took a seat for dinner.

Former class-mates caught and discussed college courses while tucking into chicken supreme and rich chocolate fondant desert.

Then the band took to the stage and everyone jumped to their feet.

"Everyone was up dancing all night," Lydia said. "It was so much fun and great atmosphere."

The band played a collection of classic songs including Valerie by The Zutons and Shut Up and Dance by Walk The Moon.

Most ladies ditched their heels halfway through the night. "It made dancing easier," Sarah O'Sullivan said.

Things started to wind down around 4am when guests were handed much-needed - and well-deserved - breakfast rolls.

Then the tired debutantes made their way home.

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