Ceann Comhairle Sean O’ Fearghaill TD is more used to looking for votes than looking for compliments about his sartorial style but his participation in the NCBI Fashion Makeover Challenge today sees him securing the fashionistas vote at future hustings!
The Popular Kildare Politician jumped at the chance to be dressed top to toe on a budget from the NCBI Charity shop in the Courtyard, Newbridge.
He smiled when he quipped “I have to say that I am more at ease in the confines of the Dail than the catwalk but sure I’ll give it a try”!. “I know I’ll be in safe hands with the NCBI stylists in Newbridge”.
On a serious note, Sean said “As the national sight loss agency for people with vision impairments the NCBI does sterling work. It gives practical and emotional support as well as providing training for a wide range of areas including technology and employment. There are 1,870 blind and visually impaired people in Kildare and the 8 shops in the county are an integral part in raising funds for the provision of services. When people buy in the shops they are helping to pay for those services as well as coming away with great bargains”.
The hardworking staff were on hand to ensure Sean got a makeover to remember and what a day! Not alone was he ‘suited and booted’, he and the assembled customers were treated to a tempting array of delicious goodies with sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and tea on offer.
Then it was down to the fun part: transforming Sean into a natty dresser! First up was a much coveted Louis Copeland grey pinstriped jacket teamed with a green Ralph Lauren polo shirt and black shoes. The whole ensemble comes in at just €25, a steal considering Louis Copeland’s status as a top tailor.
Next up Sean cut a dash in a Ralph Lauren top, navy chinos, Collezione shirt, tie and black shoes . Coming in at just €35 for the lot, Sean quipped that it is value like this that makes the NCBI shop a treasure trove for fashionistas. The most popular piece was the stunning Bugatti trench coat he sported which was a dashing nod to enduring style. He looked dapper in a Tommy Hilfiger crisp shirt which at just €8 was teamed perfectly with a bright yellow pair of yellow braces which at just €2 are a bargain hunters dream. Other labels that got a twirl included Carl Goss and Bugatti.
Shop Manager Sarah Spencer said “Sean was the model with the mostest today! He was so easy to style and he entered into the spirt of things generously. There were no supermodel tantrums!”
And the final word goes to the genial model himself “I loved today, the clothes were fantastic and I enjoyed it immensely. The shop was buzzing and why not, the variety and the value is second to none. I was delighted to meet so many of my constituents there, they are a clever lot and know a good deal when they see one”!
Self-effacing as ever Sean laughed “Well today was certainly an eye opener and just goes to prove that the NCBI can dress anybody!”
High praise indeed.
NOTES TO EDITORS
NCBI is the national charity working for the rising number of people affected by sight loss in Ireland.
The majority of people using NCBI services have some remaining vision.
There are currently 51,718 people with impaired vision in Ireland and this number is rising (according to Census 2011).
As a charity, NCBI must raise €3 million annually to ensure that we can continue to offer essential services to people who are blind or vision impaired. We do this through our fundraising events and our network of 91 charity shops nationwide.
The majority of people we work with have some remaining vision. Our aim is to help them use that vision to read, use technology, and get around independently or to manage with the everyday tasks we all take for granted, like cooking and shopping.