Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Keith Duffy Masquerade Ball

Having a Ball: 1. Chris Gascoyne and Kym Marsh; 2. Brendan and Jenny O'Carroll; 3. Mairead and Keith Barry. (Pix. Brian McEvoy)

The 5th annual Keith Duffy Masquerade Ball took place at the luxurious Ritz Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, Co.Wicklow recently. This black tie gala night offered guests a sparkling Christmas evening of glitz, glamour and entertainment where all proceeds went to Irish Autism Action and Saplings School for Autism in Rathfarnham.

Among those who attended included Keith and Lisa Duffy , Brian Ormond and Pippa O’Connor, Paul and Claire Scholes, Brendan and Jenny O'Carroll, Coronation Street Actors Chris Gascoyne and Kym Marsh, actor Liam Cunningham, Denis Desmond and Caroline Downey.

Speaking at the ball, Keith said ‘I am delighted that despite these recessionary times, the ball went ahead for the 5th year in succession. Irish Autism Action is a charity very close to my heart and as it’s patron for the last nine years I have seen firsthand the difference the charity can make to the lives of those affected by autism. The Ball raises much needed funds to allow Irish Autism Action and Saplings school in Rathfarnham to continue vital work for those so desperately relying on them".

Guests on the evening were greeted by the magic of Christmas at the Ritz Carlton Hotel where they began the festivities with a champagne reception. They were then treated to a sumptuous 4 course dinner accompanied by the soothing sounds of the Gospel Choir and Cole Page. Following dinner, there was a wonderful night’s entertainment from a host of celebrities including Keith Barry, Brian Kennedy, Ryan Sheridan and Niall Breslin.