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Mayor applauds Larne designer’s talent and work for ‘Antrim Rose’ Mollie O’Brien

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna with Antrim Rose Mollie.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna with Antrim Rose Mollie.


The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, recently paid a visit to the esteemed workshop of Larne designer, Geraldine Connon, where the talented artist is hard at work creating a magnificent dress for this year's Antrim Rose, Mollie O'Brien.

 

The gown is set to be showcased at the highly anticipated Rose of Tralee event taking place this summer from 18 to 22 August.

 


The renowned Rose of Tralee event is one of Ireland’s largest and longest running festivals. All eyes are on the Roses, who travel from the UK, America, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East and of course Ireland to take part in the festival, the essence of which is based on the mid-nineteenth century song of the same name.

 

Mollie O’Brien who hails from Ballymena and at the moment is studying an honours degree in dentistry will share this high-profile stage with all finalists over the five-day International Festival.

 


So how did Mollie come to decide on who would create her showcase ballgown? Embracing the event and the memories it will make, Mollie’s mum Roisin - in remembering her own wedding gown and the experience she enjoyed in its creation - returned to Geraldine Connon.


Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna with Antrim Rose Mollie and designer Geraldine Connon.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna with Antrim Rose Mollie and designer Geraldine Connon.


Geraldine’s exceptional skills as a designer have earned her numerous accolades over the years. Her breathtaking creations have graced photoshoots and fashion shows across the globe, from the vibrant streets of London entertaining worldwide audiences.

 

Her journey began with a passion for fashion design at Ulster University, and she honed her craft while working in the costume department at the prestigious Lyric Theatre. The rest is history.

 


The Mayor expressed her wholehearted support for both Geraldine and Mollie, who will represent the spirit and grace of the Antrim Rose at the forthcoming Rose of Tralee event.

 

"It is truly fantastic recognition for a local person to have their work showcased at such a prolific event like the Rose of Tralee. Geraldine’s talent and dedication to her craft are clear to see and I am confident that her exceptional design for Mollie will be a showstopper," she said.

 


Geraldine's client base spans the UK and Ireland, as discerning individuals seek her out for her unmatched expertise in crafting bespoke designs. Her meticulous attention to detail and dedication to delivering personalised pieces have earned her a loyal following among her clients who return time and time again for their very own one-of-a-kind masterpieces.

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