Sparkle and Shine Event

Lisa Tracy Keith Duffy Alice O Farrell and Brendan Ring at the launch for Sparkle & Shine 2016

Sparkle and Shine Easter Ball in association with the Keith Duffy Foundation will take place on Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday March 26th, in the Limerick Strand Hotel.

Miriam O Callaghan, one of RTE’s most loved and respected presenters will co- present the evening along with former Boyzone star, actor and philanthropist Keith Duffy. Entertainment for the star-studded event will be provided by world-class performer Cole Page and his band. An exclusive live auction will be the highlight for many, along with an extensive raffle supported by local businesses.

This year the Sparkle and Shine initiative and the Keith Duffy Foundation, founded by Keith Duffy, have decided to join forces to raise funds for their respective chosen charities and to give the Midwest region a night that is set to become one of the most high-profile events of the year.

The Sparkle and Shine initiative was founded by Alice O’ Farrell and was set up to raise funds for Breast Cancer services in the Limerick region, they have chosen the Midwest Cancer Foundation and Symptomatic Breast Unit in the University Hospital Limerick, as their chosen beneficiaries. Alice says, “I am celebrating 5 years cancer free and I feel it is important that I give back to all the women in the Midwest that are going through what I went through. The Symptomatic Breast Unit are set to open their forthcoming unit in March in the new Leben Building at the University Hospital Limerick and need to raise funds for much-needed medical equipment.”

The Keith Duffy Foundation has chosen Cliona’s Foundation to be their chosen charity for its inaugural event in Limerick. The aim of Cliona’s Foundation is to give financial support to families of children with life limiting illnesses, to help them pay for the vast amount of non-medical costs associated with caring for a seriously ill child, “I’m delighted to help raise funds for Cliona’s Foundation for the work they do, it is something that’s close to my heart as I have seen the financial burden on families caring for a critically ill child and as part of my work with the Keith Duffy Foundation which aims to provide support and financial assistance to a number of chosen children’s charities throughout the country. I am also thrilled that Miriam O Callaghan, a much respected broadcaster and the official patron of my chosen charity Cliona’s Foundation, is coming to show her support on the night.”

Miriam O Callaghan, one of RTE’s most loved and respected faces will be Master of Ceremonies for the glamorous event. Miriam has become a household name in Ireland following her success on RTE’s Primetime and Saturday Night with Miriam.

The evening begins with a prosecco reception at 7pm followed by a 4 course meal. There will be a live fundraiser auction compered by none other than Keith Duffy himself with some seriously fabulous treats up for grabs. World-renowned singer Cole Page will provide entertainment for the evening. Cole has performed for dignitaries from the worlds of politics, music and sport including Bill Clinton, Sir Alex Ferguson and Robbie Williams.

Multi Award Winning Classical Singer, Amanda Neri will also be performing. Amanda has captivated audiences in such venues in Ireland as The Helix, Cork Opera House, Fota House, Bantry House, Longueville House, Siamsa Tire Theatre, Cork City Hall and her own sell out show at Triskel Christchurch along with performing in concert in many cathedrals and festivals around Ireland. She has also preformed in Germany, Shanghai, Finland, Malaga and Italy.

There will be Easter favours at each seat, spot prizes, table prizes and gift bags and a raffle with a guaranteed prize of a minimum value of €100 at each table with plenty more opportunities to win prizes throughout the night.

The Sparkle and Shine Easter Ball with Keith Duffy Foundation will take place on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday March 26th in the Limerick Strand Hotel.


Those were the details of the Event… a great night was had by all and the cookbook went to the ball!!!




1st Prize: was won by Emma Foote

2016 Clio Dynamique with alloys air con and Bluetooth value €17,000 the person has use of the car for a year maximum mileage 30k. Driver must have fully comprehensive insurance no cash alternative available.

2nd Prize: was won by John O Loughlin

A luxurious one night stay in a mountain view suite for two people with breakfast included, Dinner for two in SIKA Restaurant, 50 minute ESPA treatment per guest & a round of golf for 2 people at Powerscourt Golf Club.

3rd Prize: was won by Tommy Considine

Newbridge 44 piece steel cutlery EPNS set., value €680.

Tombola Tickets are €50 each. Call Alice on 0872204821 or email now.

AUCTION raised over €13,000 for the charities

Janet Jackson x 2
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis x 2
Little Mix x 2
UB40 x 2
Bryan Adams x 2
Busted x 2


Framed Jersey signed by Rory McElroy


Game ball signed by the Munster team & 4 match tickets to Munster V Scarlets Pro 12 game on May 7th at Thomond Park


Framed Oil on Paper behind glass

Beate Gillson originally from Arnstadt, Germany. She now lives

where she considers home, Killaloe Co Clare

“The healing power of art is undeniable, not only to the artist, also to the viewer. If I can make the viewer happy I have achieved the world”

Beate’s art is exhibited at all the major showcases of Europe.


Vampire facial from the Otto Clinic (waiting on correct wording)


His and hers Calvin Klein watches from Keanes Jewellers


Bruce Springsteen package: 2 tickets to Bruce Springsteen concert on Friday 27th May in Croke Park including afternoon tea in The Gallery, Westbury Hotel, Grafton Street and overnight stay in The 5 star Conrad Hilton Hotel, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2


Framed drawing by Martin Finnin with signed book of his works

Martin’s works are celebrated in private and public collections in Ireland, America, Mexico, Holland, England, Canada, Lithuania, Italy and Australia. Exhibits at John Martin Gallery London


Golf Package

Ring of Kerry 1 year membership and 4 ball packs including Dromoland Castle, Foto Island, K Club and Mount Juliet


You can purchase the COOKBOOK here!