Sunday 23 October 2016

Kathryn and Adi dazzle on the red carpet in Monaco for awards

Kathryn Thomas pictured with Adi Roche at Monaco awards
Kathryn Thomas pictured with Adi Roche at Monaco awards
Ali and Bono

Broadcaster Kathryn Thomas and Adi Roche dazzled on the red carpet at the Princess Grace Humanitarian Award in Monaco on Saturday night.

Both ladies opted for shimmering Don O'Neill creations. Kathryn went for a Theia Couture metallic brocade ballgown (€1,333) while Adi chose a heavily-beaded sleeveless gown.

Adi Roche and Ali Hewson were both presented with the 2015 Princess Grace Humanitarian Award for their work with Chernobyl Children International (CCI).

Prince Albert was due to present them with the award at the Ireland Fund of Monaco ball, but was unable to attend due to a freak storm that flooded the French Riviera.


However, disaster was averted when Ali's husband Bono stepped in and presented the award along with President of the Ireland Fund of Monaco, Olivia Gaynor-Long.

In a statement Prince Albert said that "there is a calling for us all in life, but some just hear that more than others".

"Adi Roche and Ali Hewson are clearly among those and their response to that call has given hope where there was none," he added.

President Michael D Higgins also paid tribute to the inspiring pair. "This is a well-deserved accolade," he said in a statement.

"The commitment and hard work of Adi and Ali has ensured that the people of Ireland have never forgotten the children of Chernobyl."

On receiving the award, Adi said they "accept the award in the name of the Children of Chernobyl, who are so often forgotten and relegated to history but who are still very much a part of the unfolding tragedy that is Chernobyl".

The ball was attended by more than 500 people, including some Irish celebs.

Celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna cheered on the ladies. Despite having tripped the light fantastic the night before at their charity dinner, Keith and Lisa Duffy also attended the ball and partied with the Hewsons into the wee hours.

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