FASHION Celebrity dresses on sale for a snip

Pictured at the launch of this year’s Buy My Dress Mayo are TV3’s Anna Daly with organiser Jenny Brennan.
Pictured at the launch of this year’s Buy My Dress Mayo are TV3’s Anna Daly with organiser Jenny Brennan.

Grab yourself a gúna

Celebrity dresses on sale for a snip at Buy My Dress Mayo

Ciara Moynihan

On Saturday, May 26, women all over the country will be rifling through other women’s wardrobes and hoping to grab themselves a gúna deas. While the prospect of bagging a to-die-for dress will have already many women’s faces flushed with excitement, this frock fest is not purely frivolous – it’s all for a great cause. (Like we need an excuse…)  
Now in its fourth year, Buy My Dress invites women of all ages, shapes and sizes to dig out lonely dresses from their wardrobe, and – so long as they’re in good condition – donate them to them to one of the many sales taking place throughout the land.
Proceeds from the event go to the Down Syndrome Centre ( This year, the organisers hope to raise €120,000 for the charity, which provides much-needed information and services to parents of children born with Down Syndrome. This year, the charity plans to open the doors to a new centre where medical and educational professionals can monitor and assist the development of children with Down Syndrome – the first centre of its kind in Ireland.
The Mayo Buy My Dress sale, which is being organised by Jenny Brennan (owner of Cong-based business Virtual Office Worx), will take place in the Royal Theatre, Castlebar. 
Speaking to The Mayo News, Brennan revealed that the Mayo sale will include two dresses donated by Saoirse Ronan, as well as dresses from TV3’s Anna Daly and celebrity entrepreneur Jackie Lavin. She also divulged that Padraig Harrington’s wife Caroline has donated a haute couture dress by Temperley London.
As for what else to expect, Brennan said there’ll be dresses of every kind, from day dresses to cocktail dresses, suit dresses to evening gowns. She also let slip that the vast bulk of what’s on offer will go for – brace yourselves ladies – €10 to €40.
As well as fab frocks aplenty, there’ll also be a glass of bubbly for the first 100 attendees. International Smashbox artist Chris Loh and the team from Petals Hair and Beauty Salon, Westport, will be on hand to make everyone feel pampered with mini manicures and make-overs.  
Buy My Dress is calling on women all over the county to donate dresses. Why not organise a collection at work, or among your neighbours and friends? Dresses can be donated any day up to May 22 at drop-off points at Lakeside Fitness Centre, Ballinrobe; Petals Hair & Beauty, Bridge Street, Westport; and The Royal Theatre, Castlebar. Heatons in Castlebar and Ballina, will take in dresses until until May 19. They can also be handed in at Unislim classes in Belmullet and Castlebar.

Buy My Dress Mayo takes place in Velvet Lounge of The Royal Theatre, Castlebar, from 11am to 5pm on Saturday, May 26. For more information on donating a dress or volunteering on the day, call Jenny Brennan on 087 7979511 or visit

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