Above: Julia Whelan, Dungourney, Olivia Tanner, Fermoy and Jennifer O'Keeffe-Smith, Killeagh at the 7th annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend in the Celtic Ross. Pic Darragh Kane
The annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun weekend took place at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery recently as part of the Irish Cancer Society Paint It Pink fundraising campaign to fight breast cancer. Now in its seventh year, this weekend brought 150 women together from throughout Ireland to help the Irish Cancer Society fund breast cancer research, support and services.
Helen Wycherley owner of the Celtic Ross Hotel was overwhelmed with the success of the weekend — “We cannot believe that together we have raised €12,500 for Action Breast Cancer. The weekend was fantastic! All these women came together with their mums, daughters, sisters, friends and supported our weekend while having lots of fun in glorious sun drenched Rosscarbery”. Helen also thanked the generous raffle prizes donated and activities providers and suppliers who freely gave of their time and products to support the weekend. She continued “this weekend is a highlight for the Hotel each year. The management and staff of the Hotel are honoured that we can organise and host this event while raising funds for the Irish Cancer Society and creating awareness about cancer and the importance of looking after ourselves and each other”.
The women were pampered and spoiled all weekend. They enjoyed a host of activities from Pilates, yoga, beauty treatments, bingo, aqua aerobics, pedal boating, gelish nail bar and hair and make up with The Salon Shop and much more. There was something for everyone to enjoy and take part in. They were treated to a magic and mentalist show by Liam Sheehan and were wooed by the sweet tunes of Dan Twomey, contestant on The Voice of Ireland!
One of the highlights of the three-day event was a cookery demonstration with chef Clodagh McKenna. Clodagh brought her passion and enthusiasm for food to the weekend. Using ingredients purchased in West Cork, she cooked a Pesto Ricotta Tart, Fennel Rosemary and Garlic Marinated Lamb Chops with Honey Roasted Plums and finished her demo with a Winter Berry Tiramisu. All the women attending sampled tastings from her menu as prepared by the Hotel’s Executive Head Chef Graeme Campbell and his team.