Where can you celebrate Women’s Little Christmas in Cork?

For some, Women’s Little Christmas is still an important date on the festive calendar — especially for many of Cork’s charities. Here are some of the events taking place in Cork to mark the occasion
Where can you celebrate Women’s Little Christmas in Cork?
Broadcaster Deirdre O’Shaughnessy and beauty expert, Mary-Jane O’Regan, pictured at the launch of the Breakthrough Cancer Research Women’s Little Christmas Afternoon Tea glamour event which will take place on in Fota Island Resort on  January 5, 2020. Tickets for this special charity event can be purchased through www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie

THE 9th Women’s Little Christmas Afternoon Tea & Fashion Showcase in aid of Breakthrough Cancer Research promises to be bigger and better than ever.

The event will take place on Sunday, January 5, in the luxurious surroundings of the Fota Island Resort. This year’s MC is Deirdre O’Shaughnessy, journalist and broadcaster.

Now in its ninth year, Breakthrough’s Women’s Little Christmas Afternoon Tea & Fashion Showcase will begin with a refreshing Pink Gin reception on arrival (sponsored by Pernod Ricard), a craft exhibitor showcase, and pampering treatments from the Spa at Fota Island Resort.

Sumptuous Afternoon Tea will follow, during which guests will be entertained with a ‘how to’ make-up demo from Glamity Jane, renowned beauty expert from HiStyle, and wowed by a head-turning fashion segment hosted by Grace Keane of Silk Peaches and Serenity boutiques in Ballincollig.

Throughout, guests will enjoy music from the Loungeman and attendees will also be in with a chance of winning the event’s best dressed lady competition, goody bags and more!

Orla Dolan, Director of Fundraising with Breakthrough Cancer Research, said: “Nollaig na mBan, or Women’s Little Christmas, is a fabulous excuse to catch up with the ladies in your life after a hectic Christmas, and Breakthrough’s Women’s Little Christmas Afternoon Tea is a perfect excuse to have some well-deserved ‘Me’ time, for a great cause.

“All proceeds from the event go towards developing new treatments for poor prognosis cancers and those which currently respond poorly to conventional therapies.”

Breakthrough Cancer Research is leading the way with research into cancers with poor prognosis such as ovarian, pancreatic, lung and oesophageal. From its research centre in Cork, it has already progressed seven treatments from the laboratory to clinical trial.

The organisation works closely with multiple hospitals to ensure its research is responding to the needs of patients with cancers that do not respond to conventional therapies.

Tickets for this very special event are priced at €50 and usually sell out fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.

To purchase your ticket, call Breakthrough Cancer Research on 021 4226655, or go to our website www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie for a link to Eventbrite.

Also this year, people are being encouraged to give the gift of their presence and spend time with girlfriends, sisters, aunts and mothers to celebrate Pre-Women’s little Christmas in style with Brú Columbanus.

On January 4 in the Kingsley Hotel a Ladies Lunch will take place to raise funds for Brú Columabanus. Guests will be welcomed with a Kinsale Meade reception, enjoy a sumptuous lunch, and after lunch entertainment by Velvin Lemont. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Velvin grew up surrounded by music. He has performed at the Cork Opera House in numerous shows. Velvin has performed in Pheonix Park, Dublin for the US embassy’s 4th of July celebrations on multiple occasions, alongside bands such as Kodaline and Hermitage Green. He has also worked with Irish acts such as Brian Deady, Stephanie Rainey, Voice of Ireland Winners Keith Hanley and Brendan McCahey.

Brú Columbanus provides home from home accommodation to the relatives of seriously ill patients in Cork hospitals and the hospice, especially relatives of sick children. It is an independent charity and is completely reliant on donations and fundraising initiatives to cover the running costs of the 26-bedroom facility based in Cardinal Way, Wilton.

Tickets, priced €50 for what promises to be a fantastic day of fun, food and entertainment, are now on sale from Brú Columbanus.

For further details or to buy your tickets, please contact Anne-Maria at 021-4345754 or 087 2787074.”

The annual Cork Simon Women’s Little Chrismtas Lunch runs on Saturday, January 11 at 12.30pm in Maryborough Hotel, tickets €70.

The event includes a prosecco reception, followed by three course meal, with wine, and a raffle featuring some wonderful prizes.

Guest speaker this year is Anna May McHugh, the Managing Director of the National Ploughing Association.

As the number of women who are homeless in Cork continues to rise, all funds raised from the upcoming lunch will be dedicated to services for women who are homeless at Cork Simon.

The event is now sold out. If you would like to enquire about the 2021 lunch, please contact Margaret on 021 4929 415 or email margaret.osullivan@corksimon.ie

Meanwhile, a Women’s Little Christmas Raceday take place on Saturday, January 4 at Cork Racecourse, Mallow, from 12pm to 6pm, tickets €15.

Why not celebrate Women’s Little Christmas with a delicious four-course meal overlooking the final furlong of a thrilling National Hunt card. First race goes to post at 12.20pm, last race 3.40pm.

Packages start at just €55 per person which includes reserved table for the day, Prosecco on arrival, mouthwatering four-course menu, racecard, tipster and — as always — live music after racing.

Other Women’s Christmas events include:

Cork Airport Hotel celebrating on January 4 with ‘Frankly Bublé’ at Olivo Italian Restaurant

Cork International Hotel celebrating on January 4 with J90

The Metropole Hotel Cork celebrating on January 5 with Waterloo Abba Tribute Band.

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