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Sunday 4 December 2016

Debs 2015: Red carpet rolled out as Santa Sabina debutantes go for movie glam

IT was an evening of glamour and razzmatazz for the debutantes of Santa Sabina in Sutton for their Oscars-themed debs night.

Dara O'Brien (17), Ciara Foley (18) wearing Brown Thomas, Roisin O'Byrne (18) wearing Coast and Hugh Milligan (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Dara O'Brien (17), Ciara Foley (18) wearing Brown Thomas, Roisin O'Byrne (18) wearing Coast and Hugh Milligan (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Sophie O'Dwyer (18) wearing Debenhams and Jack O'Hagan (19) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Alannah Hanigan (18) wearing Folkster and Liam Litchfield (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Eimear Dillon-Turner (18) wearing Retro and Robert Heron (20) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Rob McGurrey (18), SJ Flanagan (18) wearing Cari's Closet, Kate Lynn McCabe (18) wearing Rosies Closet and Lee Penrose (19) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
02/09/15. Aaron De Khors (18), Megan Kelly (18) wearing Debenhams, Ruth Farren (18) wearing Tk Maxx and Alex O'Leary (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Carl O'Kelly (18), Joanne Bailey (18), Camille Sako (18) wearing Tk Maxx and Dillon Rochford (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Ryan Davies (18), Derbhla O'Keefe (18) wearing Folkster, Seona O'keefe (18) wearing Debenhams and Patrick Nolan (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Samuel Riordan (18), Ailis Curran (18) wearing Pamela Scott, Jaqueline Redmond (18) wearing Sacs and Patrick Fannigan (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Susie Brennan (18) wearing Tk Maxx and Robert Maloney at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Aaron Cassidy (18), Caoilfhionn McNamara (18) wearing Cari's Closet, Molly Thunder (18) wearing Cari's Closet and Stephen O'Connor (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Triona Wade (19) wearing a handmade dress and Fiachna Maher (19) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Stephen Murray (18), Aine Childs (18) wearing a dress from Maynooth, Lauren Keogh (18) wearing Coco and Sean O'Donovan (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.Pic: Justin Farrelly.
KateLynn McCabe (18) wearing Rosie's Closet and Lee Penrose (19) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Alice Byrne (18) wearing Folkster and Sam Fearon (19) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Ellen Harkin (18) wearing BT2 andColum Maher (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Niamh Convery (18) wearing Pamela Scott and Mark Fogarty (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Noor Bacour (18) wearing Asos and Stephen Murphy (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Caoimhe Faughnan (18) who got her dress in America and Eolann Davies (18) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Stephanie Samuel (18) wearing Tk Maxx, Laura Finucane (18) wearing Folkster and Jill Collins (18) wearing Cari's Closet at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Emma Guinan (18) wearing Pamela Scott, Emma Louise Nolan (18) wearing a dress from Drumcondra, Oonagh Morrison (18) wearing Pamela Scott at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.Pic: Justin Farrelly.
Fiona Carroll (18) wearing Folkster and Abbey Connolly (18) wearing TK Maxx at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Emily McEvoy (19) wearing Asos and Ben McGovern (19) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Sarah Farren (18) wearing Dessie at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs
Daragh Meehan (18) and Anke Wenz (18) wearing Cari's Closet at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.
Latifah Kassam (18) wearing Cherriebum and Andrew Foley (19) at the Santa Sabina Domincan College Debs.

The red carpet was rolled out as parents, teachers and past pupils gathered in the school's reception area early in the night.

"It was nice being back in school and not wearing a uniform," former head girl Laura Gavagan said.

The style was a mix of vintage and classic as floor-length gowns from Cari's Closet proved popular with many debutantes while others opted for a more for stylish Folkster dresses.

The gaggle of debutantes enjoyed a glass of buck's fizz and posed for pictures, before climbing on board buses to take them to the Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells, Co Meath.

After a champagne reception, guests made their way into the grand ballroom for a three-course meal.

It wasn't long before five-piece band Catch 22 took to the stage and started belting out rock and pop songs.

dancing

"The band were fantastic and got everyone dancing," Laura said.

The students then set about presenting Debs Awards, inspired by hit TV show Friends, with the Chandler Award (Funniest Person) going to Terri Kelly- McDermott.

Old photos of students dating from first year were projected onto a wall evoking feelings of nostalgia.

Around midnight, the action moved out of the ballroom into the hotel's nightclub where the former pupils threw some serious shapes.

As part of Santa Sabina's graduation ceremony in May 2015, the students choreographed a dance routine to a "mash up" of popular songs, including Uptown Funk and Shaggy's 2000 hit It Wasn't Me.

"We played the song on the Debs night," Laura said. "Everyone got up dancing. It was great fun."

Breakfast was served at 3:30am and by 4am everyone crowded back on to the buses and headed back to school.

"A few people fell asleep on the bus back to school," Laura said.

"It was such a fantastic night and one we'll all remember."

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