Friday, January 16 brought a buzz of excitement to the Sacred Heart School’s Transition Year students.
The sixth annual Ladies Lunch took place in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore and this year’s special guest was Debbie Deegan.
Debbie Deegan is known for setting up the renowned charity ‘To Russia With Love’, which improves the lives of orphans in Russia. Set up in 1998, ‘To Russia With Love’ has been involved hugely with many orphanages throughout the world. Debbie was compelled to set up her charity when adopting a Russian girl from Hortolova, and being exposed to the harsh reality most of these children faced. Now, these children are being educated and cared for, all with bright futures ahead of them.
This year’s four CEOs, Ali Monahan (TYphoon Ltd.), Celia Hynes (LaughterCraft Ltd.), Zita Murphy (imhungry.nom Ltd.) and Roisin Briody (Spacebar Ltd.) were hard at work organising the Ladies Lunch, to accommodate this year’s Russian theme. The day was an outstanding success.
The girls were touched by Debbie Deegan’s stories of her travels to Russia. She told us about both the highs and lows of her experience in the orphanages. She gave a very inspirational speech reminding us of our oportunities and the priviages we have in our country. Overall Debbies message was one of believing in yourself and reaching for your dreams.
The Transition Year’s would also like to say a big thank you to the Bridge House for a fantastic meal. The four CEO’s presented Debbie Deegan with a bouquet of flowers and a hamper sponsored by the Bridge House. Throughout the meal everyone was enchanted by the beautiful sound of Kate Griffin, Hannah Reilly, Clodagh Reilly, and Mollie Rafter in the string quartet
The Transition Years would like to say a massive thank you to all thestaff and teachers who have helped in the organisation of this event. They would also like to thank Debbie Deegan for attending and speaking at the Annual Ladies Lunch.