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Sunday 4 December 2016

Fashion show raises €23k for Berkeley survivors

: Shannon Kelly from Dublin, winner of the best dressed competition with Lorraine Keane during the UNITE for Berkeley Red Carpet Fashion event in Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny city. Shannon went to UCD with Eimear Walsh and Lorcan Millar both victims of
: Shannon Kelly from Dublin, winner of the best dressed competition with Lorraine Keane during the UNITE for Berkeley Red Carpet Fashion event in Lyrath Estate Hotel in Kilkenny city. Shannon went to UCD with Eimear Walsh and Lorcan Millar both victims of

A red carpet fashion show has raised more than €23,000 for survivors of the Berkeley tragedy.

Hundreds of people attended the event in memory of medical student Eimear Walsh (inset), one of the six students who died in the horror balcony collapse in California last June.

Her parents Jim and Patricia were present at the event at the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny last night.

Seven of Eimear's friends were hurt in the tragedy, some of whom have been left with life-changing injuries.

All funds raised at the Unite fashion show will go towards covering the cost of medical treatment for the Berkeley survivors.

Eimear Walsh
Eimear Walsh

The show, at the Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny, was hosted by TV personality Lorraine Keane and style expert Lisa Fitzpatrick.

Stall owners, bloggers and fashion specialists united to support the dazzling show.

Eimear's cousin Lynda Summers said the event was very successful.

"The event is something Eimear would have loved. She was really into her style and fashion.

"Eimear always had her hair looking glamorous and her make-up done to perfection.

"People were really generous and they had a great day.

Eimear would have really enjoyed it," she said.

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