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Thursday 8 December 2016

Debs 2015: Past pupils of Gerard's become the kings and queens of the catwalk

St Gerard's students revel in memories from last six years at their last hurrah, writes Kirsty Blake Knox

Lewis Fox (18) and Carla O'Neill (18) wearing Beverly Hills Boutique Castlebar
Lewis Fox (18) and Carla O'Neill (18) wearing Beverly Hills Boutique Castlebar
Jane Harte (18) wearing Tk Maxx and Sophie Geraghty (18) wearing Lipsey
Ciara Walker (18) wearing Tk Maxx and Matilda McCauley (18) wearing Jomay Cao
.Avice Maughan (17) wearing a dress she got in America and Daisy O'Caoimh (17) wearing Revolve.com
Dominic Morris Roe (19) and Michelle Murphy (18) wearing Neola
Christiana Glynn (19) wearing Sherri Hill and Sean O'Reilly (18) at the St.Gerards Debs held in the Pavillion in Leopardstown.
18/09/15. Orla Heatley (18) wearing a dress from NYC, Charlotte Brown (18) wearing a handmade dress and Thea Kinsella (18) wearing Saba Skirt at the St.Gerards Debs held in the Pavillion in Leopardstown.
18/09/15. Orla Heatley (18) wearing a dress from NYC, Charlotte Brown (18) wearing a handmade dress and Thea Kinsella (18) wearing Saba Skirt at the St.Gerards Debs held in the Pavillion in Leopardstown.
Eoin Naughton (18) and Rosie Culhane (19) wearing Pamela Scott
Gareth Byrne (18), Erin Keating (18) wearing Coco Boutique, Alexandra Jershey (18) wearing BT and Jake Maguire (18)
18/09/15. Luke Doyle (18) and Ciara Walker (18) wearing TK Maxx at the St.Gerards Debs held in the Pavillion in Leopardstown.
18/09/15. Michael O'Toole (19) and Elaina Tice (17) wearing a dress her Aunt made at the St.Gerards Debs held in the Pavillion in Leopardstown.
18/09/15. Michael O'Toole (19) and Elaina Tice (17) wearing a dress her Aunt made at the St.Gerards Debs held in the Pavillion in Leopardstown.
18/09/15. Ronan Cullen (19), Maria Fitzgerald (18) wearing Elliot Chambers, Danielle McMahon (19) wearing Miss Selfridge and Thomas Rafferty (19) at the St.Gerards Debs held in the Pavillion in Leopardstown.

The past pupils of St Gerard's Secondary School, Bray, all got the chance to strut their stuff on the catwalk at their 2015 Debs Ball.

Vice-principal Victor Drummy introduced the former students one by one on to the school stage.

Parents, teachers and former class mates cheered as Mr Drummy recalled some of the students most memorable moments during their six years at school.

OUTFITS

"It was great fun," Sean O'Reilly said.

"He announced us all and everyone got to show off their outfits and remember their time at the school.

"It was a great way to kick off the night and fantastic to recall all those memories."

The men opted for classic black tuxedos and three-piece suits while the ladies went for sweeping floor-length gowns.

After all the formalities, students hopped aboard coaches and made their way to the the Leopardstown Pavilion in south Dublin.

"We had a champagne reception and then everyone started to sit down for the dinner," Sean said.

Guests enjoyed a three-course dinner of roast chicken and Caesar salad before the band took to the stage.

"Everyone began to let their hair down and really enjoy the night," Sean said.

"When the DJ started playing everyone was jumping around on the dance floor. "The atmosphere was great."

But after several hours of dancing and reliving school days, the sun began to rise and it was time to board the buses and head back home.

BREAKFAST

"We were handed a breakfast roll on the way out which was needed," Sean said.

"Then we all travelled home pretty tired. It was such a fantastic night.

"It's hard to pick out a highlight but I'd say the craic, the atmosphere and catching up with friends were all the best part of the evening," he said.

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