Debutantes’ dreams have been shattered in Portlaoise with the disappearance of more than €11,000 in ticket money, collected from over 100 students.
The circumstances are as yet unclear as to how €11,300 in cash got lost, and Portlaoise Gardaí do not have an official report on the incident.
It is believed that the cash was given to a member of the Scoil Chríost Rí debs committee for deposit in the bank.
She later reported losing the money before it could be lodged.
The cash was gathered from over 100 students eager to celebrate the end of their secondary education.
Their big night is now in doubt, although there is speculation that money could be raised to rescue the situation.
Students have been expressing their shock and sympathy on Twitter.
“I do feel bad for the sixth years! It’s what you wait for since 1st year! The dress, hair, tan, the whole works,” said Sarah Bowe.
“If this happened to my year I’d probably cry my eyes out with disapppointment. Poor girls,” said Elaine Holmes.
Students have begun an online campaign #prayforscr in hopes of a generous donor to save the event.
Portlaoise Gardaí say they are not yet investigating the disappearance of the money.
Scoil Chríost Rí girls secondary school have no involvement with the running of the annual debs ball by their students, and did not wish to comment on the incident.
The debs committee is made up of sixth year students and some parents.