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Top Irish models attend glamorous charity ball


Aoife Walsh

Aoife Walsh

Andrea Roche models

Andrea Roche models


Aoife Walsh

Ireland's most popular models added a dash of glamour to a charity bash at the weekend.

Some of Andrea Roche's best-known beauties put on their glad rags for the June Ball, which supports the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Those in attendance included former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh, Claire Tracey, Kerri-Nicole Blanc, Jayne Higgins, Laura O'Shea and Faith Barnett.

The ball, in Dublin's Doubletree Hilton hotel on Saturday night, was also attended by other famous faces including Today FM's Anton Savage and News-talk's Jonathan Healy.

Aoife and Faith were up early yesterday morning to model at Pippa O'Connor's Fashion Factory in the Powerscourt Hotel.

Love/Hate stars get behind autism fundraiser

SEVERAL Love/Hate stars are set to attend an unusual fundraiser in aid of Irish Autism Action.

Mary Murray and Peter Coonan will be at The Ink Factory on Wellington Quay on July 4, when people will be getting tattoos to raise cash.

Tattoo artists at The Ink Factory will spend the day tattooing the autism logo - which is a small jigsaw piece - on to parents of autistic children and supporters of the cause.

They will be inking people free of charge, with all donations going directly to the charity.

The aim is to raise €5,000 for Irish Autism Action, and there will be lots of entertainment on the day, including face painters and balloon artists.

There will be lots of food and refreshments courtesy of Oscars Bar and Venue near Christchurch, which will stay open as long as people are queuing up to get tattooed.

Picnics in Smithfield

A free event series called Smithfield Summer Picnics officially launched in Smithfield Square yesterday.

The aim of the picnics is to get more people using the square as a community and recreational space.

The picnics are aimed at people aged 16 to 30 and families with children living in and around Smithfield and Stoneybatter.

The Smithfield Summer Picnics are happening every Sunday until September 27, from midday to 3pm.

For those interested in getting involved, send enquiries to volunteer@bluefiredublin.ie.