Funky Fashion Frolics style excellence in boutiques and designers

THE 2019 Excellence in Style Funky Fashion Frolics Show in the elegant Tankardstown House, County Meath was a showcase of Irish designers and local boutiques. The brainchild of Mike McCarthy and Paul Carroll of House of Paul in Slane, County Meath, the second successive year of Autumn/Winter collections featuring Assets Model Agency in the hotel’s Orangery was the highlight in an evening that began with a Prosecco and Craft Gin Reception, canapés and pop-up shops.

The evening was also a fundraiser for Focus Ireland, the non-profit organisation providing services for the homeless and people at risk which last year helped more than 15,000 people in need. Funds of €1,400 were raised for Focus Ireland from raffle ticket sales of one strip for €5 and three strips for €10.

“This was the second year of our autumn/winter Funky Fashion Frolics Excellence in Style Fashion Show,” said the event’s co-founder, Mike McCarthy, a social care team leader with the non-profit, fashion blogger and image consultant. “It is an honour to think that this show is entirely our own. Ladies’ and gents’ boutiques are one of the main tenets of our blog for our love of fashion and our passion for it.

“The work that is done on the ground in helping homeless families that are living in hotel accommodation, in B&B’s, a whole generation of children who are being reared in confined spaces. Until social housing or private rented or approved accommodation comes on stream it is the one-to-one support that is provided.

The non-profit organisation also provides support for young adults who have left State funded foster care because of their age, and who face uncertain futures.

“Focus Ireland works in trying to bridge that gap with essential life skills in place,” added Mike McCarthy, “whether it is education or employment and appropriate referrals to mental health services.”

Style awards on the evening, sponsored and selected by Fearghal Flanagan and Derek Bruton of Our Salon in Ratoath, County Meath were won by event patrons Eilis Sheehy for Most Stylish Lady, Most Accessorised Lady Yvonne Kelly and Best Dressed Gent, Max Francis.

Participating designers in the funky fashion extravaganza were Siobhan Daly, Karen Leech, Helen McAlinden, Catriona Hanly, Philip Treacy, Aoife Harrison, Vivienne O’Connor, Julie Caulfield and Synan O’Mahony.

Boutiques and businesses participating in the evening’s success were Fergstyle, Ribbon Rouge Boutiques, Jenny’s Boutique, Ebony Boutique, Nyles & Rafe, Picket Fence Boutique, White Designer Studio, Phoenix V, Belle Mariée Bridal, Prepys,, Specsavers, Meath Chronicle, My Generation Clothing Store, Tony McDonnell Menswear and Pat O’Byrne Manshop.

Jennifer’s Hat Emporium also featured on the evening supported by the Diamond Buyers Club, Revlon, Navan Racecourse, Miss Ruby Music, Mrs Luxuria, 53 Degrees North, Weir & Sons Jewellers, Waxperts, Revolution Makeup, Rodan the Jewels, Pink Accessories, Design Page and Helen McAlinden Woman.

Mike McCarthy and Paul Carroll are online on Instagram and Facebook. Mike McCarthy and Paul Carroll have been named as finalists in this year’s Beauty Blog Awards for Funky Fashion Frolics. The results of the 2019 awards are online on Wednesday, 23rd October at


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