Rugby star to model for Portlaoise College

Launching the Portlaoise College Parents Council Autumn/Winter Fashion Show, Portlaoise and Ireland Rugby Star Alison Miller and Ken McPherson, Proprietor of Cafe Latte, Portlaoise with Teaching staff, Students and Parents Council members at the college.
International rugby star Alison Miller will be swapping her mucky boots for high heels at Portlaoise College’s fashion show this Thursday November 27.

International rugby star Alison Miller will be swapping her mucky boots for high heels at Portlaoise College’s fashion show this Thursday November 27.

Alison who scored the winning try against the All Blacks in the women’s Rugby World Cup in France last summer, is looking forward to winning the crowds on the night.

“It’s nice to get out of the tracksuit and into nice clothes for a change, and it’s for a good cause,” said the Ballickmoyler lady, who plays with the Ireland sevens and Portlaoise Ladies rugby team.

The fashion show is a first at Portlaoise College, and the first event that combines the talents of all students.

“Our second and third level students will be working together, with hairdressing and beauty students on hair and make-up duty. We are lucky to have those resources,” said Deputy Principal Trisha Cullen.

Also modelling on the runway is Blessing Hamisi , a finalist in the Miss Nigeria Ireland competition, who is studying for a PLC in IT.

Stepping out too for the school is Ken McPherson, proprietor of Cafe Latte who have a restaurant in the school.

“This is my way out of sandwiches and on to greater things,” Ken said laughing at the launch.

They will be joined by teachers turned models Will Flanagan, Declan Qualter, Fintan Walsh, Sandra Duggan, Brenda Duggan and Karen Hogan, and 30 enthusiastic student models.

With 500 tickets on sale, Ms Cullen is hoping for a big boost to the school funds.

“The proceeds will go to our student support fund, for scholarships to our third level college, and to the graduation of our PLC students next year. It is a good way to promote our school too,” she said, thanking the Parents Council for helping organise the fashion show.

The show is being expertly managed and compered by TV style consultant Faith Amond.

The fashions are being provided by Shaws, Erre Esse, Colgans and Buy Design.

There are door prizes on the night and araffle, with music and Irish dancing from Portlaoise College students.

Tickets €10 available from school, students, staff and parents’ Council.