Top international designer/couturier Don O’Neill will join Ireland’s leading designers for the second Irish Fashion Collective, hosted by Conrad Dublin, which will take place on Friday 13th October 2017. Building on the hugely successful event in 2016, Irish Designer Deborah Veale has invited her fashion peers to join her again for this fashion philanthropic event in aid of St Joseph’s Shankill. Drinks at 6.30pm, will be followed by the show featuring the stunning Autumn Winter 2017 collections from Louise Kennedy, Umit Kutluk, Deborah Veale, among others who will join Don as he showcases his incredible Theia and bridal collections.

Don who is originally from Ballyheigue, Co Kerry has dressed some of the world’s most recognisable women including Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones, and Khloe Kardashian.

The Irish Fashion Collective will feature leading Irish designers, Deborah Veale, Louise Kennedy, Umit Kutluk, Helen Cody, Helen Steele, Roisin Linnane, Aideen Bodkin with others to be announced closer to the date. The show with be produced by leading stylist Catherine Condell and each designer will showcase their seasonal collections. Lorraine Keane will be on hand to MC and assist with a short special auction by Sherry Fitzgerald.

All funds raised will go to supporting Saint Joseph’s Shankill’s vision of creating Ireland’s first Dementia village. Tickets priced €100 are available from or email or by calling 01 271 9204. Conrad Dublin has arranged a special rate for guests who want to stay over, with single occupancy B&B for €269 or B&B for two for €289 on the night of the 13th of October.

Designer Deborah Veale; “It is so wonderful to have so many talented Irish designers coming together to help such an incredible cause. We are most grateful to all our event partners without whom this event wouldn’t be possible. Dementia touches the lives of so many, and it is our responsibility to support those people caring for the ones we love.”

“We are delighted to sponsor The Irish Fashion Collective 2017 at Conrad Dublin this October.  Our recently transformed 5* hotel is the perfect backdrop to showcase the amazing Irish Designers and we are happy to support Saint Joseph’s Shankill’s on it’s way to creating Ireland’s first Dementia village” said Martin Mangan, General Manager Conrad Dublin.                                                                                                                             

Siobhan Grant, Fundraising Manager, Saint Joseph’s Shankill; “We are so grateful that Deborah has reached out to her peers to once again stage this amazing show. The event raises vital funds and awareness about the home we provide and the care we give at Saint Joseph’s Shankill. It gives us a platform to inform people about the devastating illness of dementia, and how it affects so many people in Ireland now. With the continued generosity and support of the Irish Fashion Collective team we can realize our vision of providing excellence in dementia care in Ireland in homes where people know they really matter.”

Saint Joseph’s Shankill is the only care home in Ireland that solely cares for people living with dementia. The centre aspires to demonstrating excellence in how people with this very difficult illness are cared for and looked after. It is home for 58 people who live in six lodges with others at the same stage of dementia. They are cared for together in a ‘homelike’ environment where the focus is on people’s emotions and making them feel like they really matter, despite living with a diagnosis of dementia.

Saint Joseph’s also offers respite care, or little holidays as they are better known, so that families can enjoy a break when needed. The day care facility looks after 20-25 people living with dementia every day.

There are 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland and every day 11 people are diagnosed. By 2040 this number will triple. Dementia is indiscriminate in its onset it affects people from every walk of life and every background. St Joseph’s goal is to try and ensure the best possible care today and long into the future. All proceeds raised will go directly to impact the lives of the people living with dementia that are cared for at Saint Joseph’s Shankill.

Tickets priced €100 are available by contacting or by calling 01 271 9204.

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Mari O’Leary      01-6789888 / 087 2574253 O’Leary PR

Ailish Cantwell 01-8222330 / 087 6999159 Conrad Dublin


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