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Spectacular shoot launches UCC’s Top Model Comp 2011


A brainchild of top fashion photographer, Miki Barlok, the ‘Weird Dreams’ photoshoot that launched this years UCC’s Top Model comp has stopped the fashion industry in it’s tracks and raised the bar to a whole new level. With the students battling it out for a contract with Lockdown for a year, Miki’s genuis shoot idea has seen them put through tougher tasks than previous years – resulting in one of the most groundbreaking fashion shoots that our city has ever seen. Visit Miki Barlok’s facebook page or UCC’S NTM facebook page to see full shoot images of the students levitating over historic locations around UCC.



Organisers of the competition at UCC say they were literally stunned when they saw the shoot images and the students continued to work hard this week at a further workshop with actor Timothy O’Mahony to build their confidence for shows & shoots.

Stay tuned for more exciting updates on this years comp and congrats to all involved in this amazing shoot for doing such a fantastic job! XXX

UCC’s Next Top Model 2011 – Weird Dreams Shoot

????????Photography & Concept: Miki Barlok

Styling: Cathy Lawson

Designs: Bonzie Crotty

Hair: Origin Hair Design

Makeup: Martha Mulconry

Calling all Design Students and Graduates!

With plans for Cork Fashion Week 2011 being launched soon, we are giving one final call for any fashion design students, graduates or anyone doing part-time design courses to contact us to submit a collection


Lockdown's Jennifer Foley on the runway during the CFW Designer of the Year awards show & comp 2010

Now heading into it’s 3rd year, Cork Fashion Week was established by Lockdown Directors Emer O’Sullivan & Vivienne Kelly to primarily provide a strong local & national platform for homegrown design talent in Cork.  Our talented design graduates generally leave our shores for foreign prospects so it is great to set them up here with a good foundation and build a profile and customer base for them if and before they leave in Ireland. Previous winners of the CFW Designer of the Year are Aidan Sheehan, now living out his dream & designing & working in fashion in London and last years winner Belinda Sullivan has now started her own label, is inundated with commissions from customers and has become a household name in Cork for her design talents.


Lockdown Directors Emer & Vivienne are joined by top Irish Stylist & renowned fashion writer Annmarie O'Connor on stage during the awards show in 2010

Email or to enter your collection and join the Cork Fashion Week 2011 Design Team. Join us this year as we showcase the best local design talent and open doors helping student designers get off the ground.

Stay tuned to next week for the new site launch & full details of CFW 2011. Join ‘Cork Fashion Week’ on Facebook now for regular news, updates & to apply.

Aidan Sheehan's winning collection finale at CFW Designer of the Year show 2009


Cork Fashion Professionals shortlisted for National Awards

Location: West Cork , Photographer: Miki Barlok, Hair Susie Park

Styling: Yvonne Cronin & Cathy Jackson,  Model: Jen Foley, Clothes: Miss Daisy Blue Vintage in the Market Parade

The Lockdown team are not the only Cork based business topping the polls in the public vote at Faye Dinsmore’s Irish Fashion Award. Again, thank you to all of you who have been clicking ‘vote’ every 24hours on the below link to keep us as the only agency outside of Dublin in the running for ‘Ireland’s Most Influential Model Agency 2010′. As you keep voting for us, we urge you to vote for other members of our Munster Fashion Tribe who are also shortlisted in their categories. The below shoot with our gorgeous Jennifer Foley celebrates these colleagues, who have been a constant encouragement & inspiration behind our Agency and we ask you to vote for them so Cork fashion is represented in all its deserved strength at the national awards this Spring in Dublin:

To keep Lockdown at the top please click Vote next to our picture at:

To secure the amazing Kate Noonan as ‘Most Influential Make Up Artist in Ireland’, click vote for Kate at:

To vote for inspirational fashion photographer Miki Barlok

To vote for one of CFW’s favourite designers Cathy Jackson, click for Cathy on:

Keep voting for Lockdown in the shortlist for the ‘Most Influential Agency in Ireland’ award

Lockdown success story: Our pageant queen turned runway queen – Mairead O’Farrell breaks the mould and lands editorial shoots, high end clients and national campaigns in 2010.

We are still on a high from being shortlisted for Faye Dinsmore’s ‘Most Influential Agency in Ireland in 2010′ category of the Irish Fashion Awards and we can’t find the words to thank you all enough for the support for voting for us every day. We are genuinely blown away – come on the Rebel County! :)

In keeping with the behind the scenes look at  our little Lockdown Family, we speak with  current Miss Cork Mairead O’Farrell about their thoughts at this exciting time for the team.

Mairead has, in one year, gone from camogie playing (Sars) school girl to the most hard-working, photographed model in Cork and  has broken the mould of pageant models only being good at commercial work, by attracting high end bookings &  campaigns from Dublin back down to Cork in her first 12months modelling. ”My favourite shows of 2010 with Lockdown were the Opera Lane outdoor shows as we had so much fun doing them with crowds cheering as we modelled in the sunshine. I also loved the opening of the new Douglas Marks & Spencer that I did with Etaoin as we were looked after by the client with the most beautiful clothes & had a great time instore that day. We really get to meet the nicest people through our work at Lockdown” said Mairead.

”The best thing about being with Lockdown is definitely the girls – everybody is genuinely so nice. I love how Emer & Vivienne scout for very diverse looking & different girls. We are all from very different backgrounds but we have all become so close through a strong bond at the agency and are actually very protective of each other. I have made friends for life at Lockdown and hope I continue to be a busy model with the team for years to come”.  ”What I look forward to most about 2011 with Lockdown? Definitely Cork Fashion Week next April: the shows, the people, the buzz, the madness backstage, most of all the fun with all the girls! I can’t wait!”

You can keep voting each day for Lockdown (one vote per person allowed per day so keep it going!) at this link:

Lockdown Shortlisted for Ireland’s Most Influential Model Agency 2010

It was with huge excitement today that we learned our little agency with a big heart has been shortlisted in Faye Dinsmore’s Irish Fashion Awards. Thanks to overwhelming public support, Lockdown was the only agency outside of the Dublin agencies to be shortlisted in the ‘Ireland’s Most Influential Model Agency’ category and in only our fourth year of business, we can’t say how grateful & honoured we are! You too can show your support & vote for us here (and enjoy reading Faye’s fab blog too):

Join us over the weekend as we chat to some of our top faces about what they like about being part of the Lockdown family. Today top international model Jennifer Foley talks to us as she packs for her Paris flight next week to visit her French agency, none less than Ford Models, Paris, where she will attend castings and work with Ford. Cork native Jenn is one of our best faces at Lockdown while she is home in Cork studying at UCC and she epitomises all we are about – trying to modernise the concept of Irish models & bring standards of modelling closer to our American & European high end counterparts….a labour of love!

Lockdown Model Jenn Foley on the runway during a Cork Fashion Week 2010 show

”My fav thing about being with the Lockdown Agency in Cork, is that we all have the best laugh together once we’re off duty, we genuinely are a great bunch of friends at the end of the working day” said the model, who was earmarked as one of the Top Faces to Watch in Fashion 2010 by style bible Vogue.

”One of the most memorable bookings I did in 2010 for Lockdown , apart from Cork Fashion Week shows, had to be posing as a live mannequin in the window of New Look in Opera Lane with former Miss Cork Etaoin ni hAilpin.  That was a really fun booking” says Jenn.

Jenn at one of her many press calls this year with RTE's 'Off the Rails' Presenter Brendan Courtney

Tomorrow we will speak with Etaoin ni hAilpin, Kellie Forde & current Miss Cork Mairead O’Farrell.

Cast a vote for Lockdown on the above link today! Thanks to Faye & all her team at the awards for making our day & all our great friends & clients for voting xxx

Application forms still available for Miss Cork – apply now!

The Countdown Is On to the next Miss Cork Grand Final

Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell. Pic: Samantha Hunt.

Application forms are still being accepted for girls wishing to enter Miss Cork. Proceedings kick off on Jan 20th next at Scotts, Oliver Plunkett Street.

Mail us now if you would like to apply for yourself / a friend / sister / girlfriend.

You/they might just become the busiest modelling face in Cork in 2011 & go on to represent Cork at Miss Ireland & Miss Ireland Universe next Summer in Dublin. / / Join ‘Miss Cork’ on Facebook

The search for Miss Cork & Miss Cork Universe 2011 launches January 20th. Apply now to enter!

Former Miss Cork Etaoin ni hAilping crowing Miss Cork Universe 2010 Maedhbh Kelly

A star studded event will take place next Spring in Cork where a new Miss Cork 2011 will be crowned. The winning girl will carry on the prestigious crown previously held by now hugely successful models such as Jean Kenny, Etaoin ni hAilpin & Mairead O’Farrell.

A second girl will be crowned Miss Cork Universe 2011 to carry on the crown from this years beauty queen Maedhbh Kelly. Previous winners of the most sought after model career stepping-stone titles in Cork, have gone on to huge national success but more importantly, all girls have become working professionals in the industry here in Cork, being heavily booked for fashion shows, photoshoots, press calls and top events locally & all over Ireland.

With a host of prizes and a years contract, management and training up for grabs with Lockdown directors Emer & Vivienne, both winning girls will instantly become two of  the busiest & most photographed models in Cork.

Miss Cork 2010 with Fade Street's Vogue Williams at the Oktoberfest presscall earlier this year - one of the many shoots our Miss Cork had the pleasure of working on.

The winning girl for Miss Cork 2011 will represent the rebel county at the prestigious Miss Ireland finals in Dublin later in 2011. Former winners include Rosanna Davison (former Miss World) , Pamela Flood & Amanda Brunker.  The Miss Cork Universe 2011 winner will go on to represent Cork at the Miss Ireland Universe finals, run by Andrea Roche with former winners such as Rozanna Purcell now modelling in the USA at Donald Trumps agency.

Contact us now to put your name down for the 1st heat which will take place on January 20th next at Scotts Bar, Oliver Plunkett Street.

The Lockdown team look forward to welcoming two new faces to the team for a busy 2011- it could be you!!

Contact us on Facebook ‘Miss Cork’ or email /

Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell


A white wedding at Fota Island Resort

Lockdown Model Rebecca Buckley wearing a Sharon Hoey dress at the annual Fota Island resort Wedding Forum. Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Ireland’s most sought after wedding experts came together for one exclusive evening at Fota Island Resort
Thursday 9th December, the annual Fota Island Resort Wedding Forum played host to Ireland’s best and brightest with experts in all aspects of the big day, gathered together for one supremely useful and informative evening.
With beauty experts, boutique owners, bridal fashions, chef’s expertise, makeup artists, photography tips, travel information, and glamorous presenter Pamela Flood hosting the evening, Fota Island Resort’s Wedding Forum was an unmissable event if you are thinking of tying the knot!

Marks & Spencer up the style stakes in Douglas

Former Miss Cork Etaoin Ni hAilpin & current Miss Cork Mairead O'Farrell at the opening of the new M&S, Douglas, Cork



Marks & Spencer unveiled its 21st store in Ireland today, at the Douglas Village Shopping Centre in Douglas, Co Cork.

Lockdown’s Miss Cork, Mairead O’Farrell and former Miss Cork Etaoin O’hAilpin joined store Manager, Martin Keane in cutting the ribbon to the 15,000 sq ft M&S at 11am. Celebrations continued in-store where customers were treated to a complimentary glass of champagne and live music.

Mairead & Etaoin join M&S Douglas Store Manager Martin Keane to cut the ribbon officially opening the new store

The new store will open under Marks & Spencer’s signature style with bright, contemporary interior design and will incorporate a number of initiatives in line with Plan A, M&S’ ‘eco’ plan under which M&S aims to become the world’s most sustainable major retailer by 2015.

Customers will be able to enjoy an extensive range of Marks & Spencer’s renowned fresh and prepared food in the Douglas store, alongside some of the most popular international and Irish food brands. The store will also sell womenswear fashions, accessories and lingerie.  In addition, specially trained baristas will serve a wide choice of refreshments, including Fairtrade tea and coffee in an M&S Café which will seat 80 customers. Sandwiches, hand-made baguettes, toasted ciabattas and delicious freshly baked pastries and cakes will also be available.

Jonathan Smith, Head of Ireland, Marks & Spencer, said: “We were delighted to open our 21st store in Ireland today and have been thrilled by the response from our first shoppers. We are pleased to now be able to offer Douglas customers M&S’ great food and fashions on their doorstep.”

Amity celebrates their first birthday dressing the fashionable women of Cork

Lockdown Models: Miss Cork Mairead O’Farrell, Kellie Forde and Jennifer Foley pictured at the 1st birthday party of the Amity Boutique on French Street last Friday

Some of the most stylish ladies in Cork city and county queued from French Church Street right up to Patrick Street last Friday night to get into the Amity Boutique 1st Birthday Party.

Three of Lockdown’s top faces: Jennifer Foley, Kellie Forde & Miss Cork Mairead O’Farrell modelled various amazing brands from the independent store for guests and mingled with customers at the beautiful event which hosted some top faces in fashion, including fashion photographer Miki Barlok. Amity has fast become known as a favourite for exclusive brands with a stylish edge with labels such as Hedonia, Miss Patina, Johann Earl adn Doma London. Not forgetting Aqua, new to the store for A/W ’10.  X Factors Rebecca Ferguson was spotted last week wearing the Aqua ’Avril’ dress at the London Harry Potter premier, available instore at Amity now (pictured below).

Huge congrats to the Amity Team: Tina Scully, Hazel Buckley & Brian McManagan from all at Lockdown. Another positive business success story in negative times, proof of their expertise and hard work paying off behind the scenes.

So there you have it – visit Amity to get the pick of the best from their new stock arriving before Christmas for glitzy Christmas party ensembles or snug & cosy daywear. Visit ‘Amity Cork’ on Facebook for daily updates and Dress of the Day previews.

Welcoming home Laura Keohane!

We are delighted to welcome home Cork born model Laura Keohane. Ballincollig native Laura, first tasted modelling success when she progressed to the final rounds of RTE’s ‘The Model Agent’ with supermodel Erin O’Connor. Following the show, Laura signed with Storm in London where she is still on their website alongside supermodels such as Kate Moss, Lily Cole & Alek Wek  After spending the past 18 months modelling in London, Laura is back to Lockdown for the moment available for jobs for local clients here.


Laura’s porfolio link for bookings is:

Welcome home Laura – we’re all delighted to have you on the team! xoxo


A good year for Wine Lovers with Cork’s Ultimate Wine Experience, the 10th Cork Wine Fair taking place 18th November at the Clarion Hotel

Katie Browne from Cork Simon, Lockdown Model Jean O'Donovan and Gary O'Donovan from O'Donovans Wine Merchants at the launch of The 10th Cork Wine Fair at the Clarion Hotel. O'Donovans Cork Wine Merchants are proud to announce details of the forthcoming 10th Cork Wine Fair taking place on Thursday 18th November 2010 from 4-9pm in the Clarion Hotel.400 Wines from a worldwide network of suppliers will be showcased.All proceeds are in aid of Cork Simon Community. Pic Ger McCarthy

Cork Wine Merchants, O’Donovans, have announced details of the 10th Cork Wine Fair which takes place on Thursday 18th November 2010 from 4-9pm in the Pegasus Suite of the Clarion Hotel, Lapp’s Quay, Cork. Tickets are €10 and are available from any of the 16 O’Donovans branches in Cork City and County. All proceeds are in aid of Cork Simon Community.

Gary O’Donovan, owner of O’Donovans Wine Merchants says; “This is an event which has been the highlight in the calendar of wine lovers over the past ten years. Visitors will have the chance to talk to those exhibiting as well as sample a selection of wines from all over the World. This is a good year for wine lovers in that there is fantastic value; the quality ratio has never been better compared to when we started ten years ago. We’ve also noticed that people are incredibly informed and have a genuine thirst for knowledge. They can satisfy this thirst at this event as well as doing something positive for the Simon Community in Cork at a crucial time for their own fundraising”

The event which has become Cork’s Ultimate Wine Experience has attracted hundreds of wine lovers over the past ten years. It will be attended by leading worldwide experts in the industry, including the advanced team from O’Donovans, experts who will display and showcase some of their individual niche “finds”.  Two Master Classes conducted by wine authorities of the highest calibre – Jean Smullen and John McDonnell will also be given. Visitors will enjoy and taste a fine wine selection ably backed up by premium beers & spirits, cheeses and gourmet foods.

Tickets are available at any of the sixteen O’Donovans branches in Cork City and County.  See for more details call 021 429 6060 or email Conor Leahy at

Danish jewellery brand PANDORA celebrate first Irish store opening in Cork

Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell models items from the Pandora range at the opening of the Ireland's first Pandora store on Winthrop Street, Cork. Pic Ger McCarthy

The highly successful Danish global jewellery brand PANDORA is expanding their position in the Irish marketplace with the opening of a flagship store in Cork’s city centre, marking their first concept store in Ireland.

On Friday November 5th, PANDORA opened its Cork shop after building milestones in more than 30 countries all over the world.  The store located at 9 Winthrop Street provides employment for seven staff and offers the full range of PANDORA’s stunning, hand finished collection of elegant and versatile jewellery design including the ever popular charm bracelets ‘Moments’ as well as ‘Ring upon Ring’, ‘Liquid Silver’ and the newly launched ‘Black Crown Diamond Watch Collection’.

PANDORA’s products embody an inspiring universe of contemporary design, based upon a carefully chosen selection of 14 & 18 carat solid gold & genuine sterling silver. The collections represent an array of combination possibilities that allow the modern woman to immerse herself in truly personal, yet timeless jewellery, ensuring every unforgettable moment is celebrated. Just in time for the busy Christmas season, we welcome Pandora to Cork and look forward to popping in to jewel up as our models Miss Cork Mairead O’Farrell & Nikki did!

Models Mairead O'Farrell Miss Cork and Nikki O'Leary model items from the Pandora range at the opening of Irelands first Pandora store on Winthrop Street, Cork


Christmas with Amanda Brunker & The Blue Haven Food Company

Lockdown got into the festive spirit a little early this year and joined gorgeous Amanda Brunker on the shoot for her new Christmas Cook Book at the Blue Haven, Kinsale.  What better way to turn that frown up-side-down with all the media gloom out there at present, than introducing some early festive cheer into our lives. The celebrated author, TV personality, former Miss Ireland and all-round hotness  that is Amanda Brunker, lit up our models winter and had heaps of fun & frolicks on the shoot for her new Christmas Cook Book, which is on sale from this weekend!

Lockdown’s Sarah Mello, Vivienne Kelly & Hayley O’Callaghan enjoying Amanda Brunker’s Christmas recipes in her new book out this weekend!

”The book is jam packed with loads of tasty recipes.. One of my favourites being the Ferrero Rocher Bombe’ said the gorgeous Mum of two.’

OUT THIS WEEKEND – ‘Christmas with Amanda Brunker & The Blue Haven Food Company’ is the PERFECT START TO YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESSIE SHOPPING!!

Handbags for Unicef a huge success raising €10,000 !

Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell at the Handbag Charity Event

Miss Cork Mairead O’Farrell lent her services to a handbag drive in aid of Unicef last week. Fashionistas dropped their used but still loved handbags to Sobe Brown for the event which took place in the Cork International Airport on Nov 4th last.

Contributors got to put a price tag on their bag & all proceeds went to Unicef.  An excellently innovative charity event which raised €10,000! Event co-organized by Lockdown Models Cork.

The beautiful Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell at the Handbags for Unicef event last week.


Vegas Baby at the Blue Haven, Kinsale last Friday

So much fun  & a top class event as always at the Blue Haven Vegas Baby event last Friday night, here are some pics from the festivities, more to follow!

Broadcaster Lorraine Keane hosted Vegas Baby, a night of casino fun at the Blue Haven in Kinsale with model Kate Slattery, Director Vivienne Kelly, Former Miss Cork Sarah O'Connell and Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell from Lockdown Models. The night was in aid of the RNLI.


The gorgeous Lorraine Keane at Vegas Baby, a night of casino fun at the Blue Haven in Kinsale. Pic: John Allen


Host Lorraine Keane joins in with drumming group Makoro Toto featuring Levente Magyar, Jonathon Barlow, Gerome Bourlet and fire dancer Petra Skordova.Pic: John Allen


Vegas Baby returns to the Blue Haven next Friday

Lorraine Keane, hosting Vegas Baby next Friday

The Blue Haven Collection is delighted to announce Loraine Keane as the MC for the return of Vegas Baby. One of our favourite Lockdown nights of the year out, the Vegas Baby event is for all those who need a break from the recession, for a night of sparkling, diamond studded entertainment with a whole lot of fun and frivolity!

Host for evening, Lorraine Keane is an IFTA-nominated broadcaster and journalist. Best known for her work over the last decade as entertainment correspondent for TV3, Keane recently stepped down as anchor for Ireland’s most popular fashion and celebrity lifestyle show Xposé, after two years at the helm. Lorraine also presented various independent television productions for RTE, including Live at 3, Start Me Up, Drive and RPM Motorsport, among others.

Famous for its amazing parties and fashion events, The Blue Haven will be transformed into a mini Vegas, bringing this previous sell out event back with a star studded cast of entertainment. With music by The Aristocrats and The Roaring Forties, the amazing magician to the stars, Liam Sheehan, casino tables, belly dancers and lots of more fun
to keep guests entertained as you roam the transformed venue for the night. Our roaming banquet of the gourmet delights, from their awarding winning kitchen, will be constantly to hand.

The proceeds from the Casino tables will go to the aid of the RNLI-Lifeboats, as this worthy cause is close to the hearts of the Kinsale Community.

This exclusive event will be held on Friday 5th of November. Dress code is simply Black tie or Hollywood theme and tickets are €45 and are available from the Blue Haven Reception,  021 4772209 or email to

Best of Luck to our ‘Face of Cork 2010′ winner Kellie Forde in the national finals this weekend. We love you Kell XXX

Top model Kellie Forde. Pic Samantha Hunt

The Face of Ireland Competition is an All-Ireland beauty competition to find the new Face of Ireland. The 2010 Grand Final will take place in Ballybofey Co. Donegal, this weekend, on the 29th & 30th of October in the award winning Jackson’s Hotel and we are proud as punch to have one of our top faces representing Cork at the national comp!

Glanmire native Kellie Forde will travel to Donegal tomorrow ahead of the competition, now in its third year. Heather Mc Ardle from Co. Cavan is the reigning Face of Ireland and has done fantastic last year on the modelling circuit.

Kellie with Supermodel Erin O'Connor at the Blue Haven Designer Fashion Weekend 2009

Kellie is a strong contender having modelled in London at only 16 years of age with Lockdown Director Emer O’Sullivan as well as travelling to Paris at the age of 19 with Directors Emer & Vivienne again to model in the fashion capital.  She has been in the top five most booked models of all time at the Lockdown agency and we are very proud to get behind Kell as she represents the Rebel County in Donegal this weekend! ‘Since discovering Kellie with her friends at a fairground four years ago now, we really discovered a gem. She is a true professional, has travelled to model on top jobs that most Irish models could only dream about, and her career is still only beginning’, said Emer.

The event which is hosted by Lisa Cannon from Xpose. The winner receives a host of prizes including

  • A one week luxury break in the United States of America, including flights and accommodation for 2 people in September 2011
  • A large crystal cut piece of Killarney Crystal with the Face of Ireland logo
  • Killarney Crystal jewellery and sponsorship for the year from Killarney Crystal Jewellery to ensure your jewellery is taken care of for the year
  • Invitations to make guest appearances at various launches and VIP events and many many more.

So all eyes and ears will be on our Glanmire Girl & Cork’s Top Model to bring the title home to Cork!

Pic: Samantha Hunt


TV Style Guru & celeb stylist Brendan Courtney visits Cork ahead of ‘The Style Show’

Miss Cork Mairead O'Farrell and Style Guru Brendan Courtney on Opera Lane ahead of The Style Show

Lockdown’s Jennifer Foley & Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O’Farrell had lots of stylish fun this week when they met with TV style guru Brendan Courtney ahead of the The Style Show which comes to the Maryborough Hotel & Spa, Cork  on Sunday, 7th November 2010 from 12pm – 6pm.


Miss Cork Mairead O'Farrell talks style with TV style guru Brendan Courtney Celebrity Stylist & Off the Rails presenter, Brendan Courtney will host the event where ladies of Cork will receive style secrets from Brendan & his team of experts and see fabulous fashion from high street brands & plenty of local boutiques exclusive to Cork.

We heart the fact that Perfectil will also have a custom made nail bar & provide complimentary mini manicures on the day - Because we’re worth it!


Top Lockdown Model Jennifer Foley catches up with Brendan Courtney at Maryborough House ahead of the Style Show next month

Speaking about the event, Brendan Courtney said “This is our fourth Style Show event this season and we have had an amazing time meeting Ireland’s stylish ladies and sharing our tips for looking fierce & fabulous. Cork women have a great sense of style so I’m looking forward to seeing hundreds of fashionistas in the Maryborough Hotel & Spa on the 7th November”.  Don’t we just love Brendan!

Every guest will leave with a goody bag filled with vouchers & treats from participating brands to the value of over €60!

Tickets are only €15 and are available on or by contacting the Maryborough Hotel & Spa on 021 4365555.

It’s a day not to be missed!!

Jenn Foley in a dress by Amity Boutique, French Church Street with Brendan Courtney


Happy 1st Birthday to Opera Lane!

Models backstage at the Opera Lane day shows. Pic: Samantha Hunt

Sick of doom & gloom in the media and on the job front for so many of our peers, we were only delighted to work with one of our favourite clients this month who have injected faith into our industry and much needed jobs into the workforce here.  We joined fashion forces with all the Opera Lane retailers from Topshop/Topman & GAP to CC Viyella & Tommy Hilfiger and New Look & Next for free, live outdoor fashion shows for the people of Cork.


Since opening on October 1st 2009, Opera Lane has created over 500 full and part-time jobs in the retail sector.  ‘Horrah for good news’ I hear you say? Well that’s not all!  In the run up to Christmas trading and with the opening of new sustainable fashion store Kuyichi and other retailers due to open in the coming weeks, that figure is expected to increase to over 650 full and part-time positions.

Former Miss Cork Etaoin Ni hAilpin in makeup at Boots, pre-show. Pic: Samantha Hunt

Spectators enjoyed all the latest collections from the top stores during the three free public shows on Opera Lane and many won fantastic prizes including Kuyichi vouchers,  an Apple ipod shuffle courtesy of Compu-B, a beauty hamper from Boots Half Moon St., and hair styling from Origin Hair Salon, Drawbridge St to name but a few.

Lockdown’s Emer O’Sullivan was M.C. for the shows and her co-director Vivienne Kelly managed production throughout the day as flocks of spectators gathered to join the festivities all day. Huge thanks to the team at Boots for the gorgeous makeup on all the models and Fergal, Vicky and their award winning team at Origin Hair Design, Drawbridge Street for the models on-trend hairstyles.

Enjoy our picture diary below from the super day and stay tuned for the video on the event which we will post here at the weekend!


Backstage Styling. Pic: Samantha Hunt

Top Irish Model Kellie Forde about to hit the runway @ Opera Lane.

Former Miss Cork Sarah O'Connell & current Miss Cork Mairead O'Farrell waiting in the wings to go on. Pic: Samantha Hunt

Model Kellie Forde backstage. Pic: Samantha Hunt


Our very cool male models James, Cedric & Dean for GAP backstage at the Opera Lane Birthday Shows. Pic: Samantha Hunt


Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell poses backstage for the Opera Lane birthday shows. Pic: Samantha Hunt


Lockdown Directors Emer & Vivienne being papped by Sam Hunt backstage

Sarah O'Connell in her opening show outfit backstage.Pic: Samantha Hunt


Bromance!Our male models James & Cedric

Models backstage: Pic Samantha Hunt

Kellie Forde backstage prepared for Autumn Rain styled by Opera Lane. Pic Samantha Hunt

Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O'Farrell takes time out backstage to pose for Opera Lane's 1st Birthday Celebrations


Welcoming new face Brianna from the USA!

We are delighted to welcome onboard top model Brianna Dougher, Lockdown’s newest recruit. Brianna comes to us from modelling Stateside and we were delighted to sign her this week & launch her on our Female Faces board of the main website.

Brianna brings a wealth of experience to Lockdown from her sunny Californian modelling roots, which is sure to be a fresh perspective for our clients and great for the growth and development of the entire Lockdown family. Brianna’s stunning ex-model mother Mary was a finalist in Miss Ireland not so long ago so beauty & style are naturally in Brianna’s genes. Cali meets Cork at Lockdown! We wish UCC student Brianna all the best with her new role.

Welcome aboard Brianna!

Californian model Brianna Dougher joins Lockdown. Pic: Samantha Hunt

Lots happening at the moment in Cork Fashion!

With so much happening with Cork Fashion at the moment kicking off the Autumn/Winter season, we will spend this week uploading pics from some of the stylish events we have had the fortune to be part of here in Cork.

Starting our glitzy Autumn Fashion functions with the Warehouse, Patrick Street refurbishment. The Warehouse Patrick Street store has been an anchor in the highstreet shopping chain in the city for many years now and we were thrilled to put on our best Warehouse frocks and celebrate the stores re-opening and stylish new look at the re-opening party earlier this month. The party was every bit as stylish as the new-look store with award winning Irish DJ Colm Kennefick entertaining guests. Lockdown’s Laura Keohane, from RTE’s The Model Agent fame was in attendance, as was Lockdown Director Vivienne Kelly & the gorgeous Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O’Farrell.

Congrats to all at Warehouse on Patrick Street on their shiney new store from all the Lockdown Crew xoxo


Warehouse is back in Cork. Pictured modeling the Autumn Winter 2010 Collection are (from left) Laura Keohane, runner up to the model agent Ireland wearing a black jumpsuit 90 euro and gilet 104 euro, David Green (second left), Winner of Style Wars, Holly Shortall, Runner up Style Wars, Ian Galvin, Chairman of Aurora fashions Ireland and Mairead O'Farrell (right), Miss Cork 2010 in a grey dress 84 Euro, at the opening of the Warehouse on Patrick Street in Cork. Warehouse Patrick Street is back with a brand new sleek fit, full of our most fashion forward lines for Autumn/Winter 2010. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland


Coyote Fun with Amanda Brunker @ Hamlets, Kinsale!

Amanda Brunker was definitely the hostess with the mostest in Hamlets Café Bar on Friday 24th of September, the stunning Amanda  acting as MC, arrived on the back of a Harley Davidson to introduce the amazing Coyote Dancers from Sinead Sheppard’s dance school who rocked Hamlets Café Bar.

Members of the public were encouraged to participate which was all for a great cause as proceeds will go the Guide Dogs Association.

The evening was topped off by a great night of entertainment with fabulous U2 tribute band Us2. This was the second event of its kind with Hamlets Café Bar and no doubt not the last!


Lockdown Girls with the Fabulous Amanda Brunker! Amanda with Miss Cork Mairead O'Farrell


Amanda Brunker & Miss Cork Mairead O'Farell

Miss Cork launches Oktoberfest

German Ambassador, H.E. Busso von Alvensleben was joined by ‘Bavarian beauties’ Vogue Wilson and Mairead O’Farrell to mark the official launch of the Paulaner Oktoberfest. Celebrating its 200th year, Paulaner brings Oktoberfest to Dublin and Cork with a series of special events in pubs across Cork and Dublin this September & October.

Wearing traditional Oktoberfest drindles the Bavarian beauties helped H.E. Busso von Alvensleben tip the barrel at today, September 17th at one of the festival venues, the Cill Airne at Dublin’s IFSC.

A fun weekend at Miss Ireland 2010!

Lockdown’s Sarah with bubbly & gorgeous former Miss Ireland Amanda Brunker



Former Miss Cork Sarah O’Connell with the current Mr World Kamal Ibrahim

Lockdown Director Vivienne with our Miss Cork's Godmother, beautiful singer Frances Black

Miss Cork’s busy week!

While we process images of Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O’Farrell’s amazing time at Miss Ireland in Dublin last weekend, here are some snap shots of Mairead as she prepared for the big finals. Mairead, who plays camogie with Sars H&F club, was celebrating all round yesterday as the Cork Footballers brought the Sam Maguire cup home!

Our new Miss Cork meets Miss Cork Universe 2010 Maedhbh Kelly for advice ahead of her trip to Dublin to appear on Ireland am last week. Pic courtesy: Samantha Hunt

Miss Cork Mairead O'Farrell & Miss Cork Universe Maedhbh Kelly before hitting the road to Dublin for the Miss Ireland finals. Pic Courtesy: Samantha Hunt

Mairead backstage at rehersals ahead of Miss Ireland. Fabulous pics to follow of the full event which took place at the Berkeley Court last Saturday night!

Proudly introducing the newly crowned Miss Cork 2010: MAIREAD O’FARRELL

Newly crowned Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O’Farrell. Pic Miki Barlok

Lockdown are very proud to announce the crowning of Glanmire native Mairead O’Farrell as MISS CORK 2010.  The 18 year who plays camogie with Sarsfields Hurling & Football club since the age of 4, was crowned Miss Cork yesterday after the cloud was lifted over the national Miss Ireland final, with a huge glitzy event planned in two weeks time now announced in Dublin to find the new Miss Ireland who will represent the country at Miss World.

Newly crowned Miss Cork 2010 Mairead O’Farrell. Pic Miki Barlok

Lockdown Directors Emer & Vivienne chose Mairead  ”as she has been such a hard worker with our agency the past two years. She is a favourite with clients and has progressed to being one of our most requested and booked models at Lockdown. Mairead works very hard as a professional part-time model. She has just finished her Leaving Cert and will attend UCC to begin an Arts degree this Autumn.  She stole the show modelling in Cork Fashion Week and we have no doubt that she will steal the show in Dublin at Miss Ireland!” remarked Emer.

Our gorgeous Miss Cork Universe 2010 Maedhbh Kelly will be working closely with Mairead to advise her with helpful tips for the final which takes place on September 18th (the date of Mairead’s 19th birthday) next in the D4 Berkeley Court Hotel, Dublin. Maedhbh did the Rebel County very proud earlier this summer at the Miss Ireland Universe finals run by former Miss Ireland Andrea Roche. Maedhbh will be joined by former Miss Cork’s Sarah O’Connell & Etaoin Ni hAilpin to advise and help Mairead ahead of the Miss Ireland final this month and all the agency will be backing Mairead as she flies the flag for Cork!

Mairead O’Farrell modelling during Cork Fashion Week 2010.Pic Ivan Begala

Mairead will appear on Ireland AM next Monday with other national finalists and we urge you to back her with the public vote on air Monday!

New Miss Cork Mairead with top model Kellie Forde earlier this year at the Blue Haven, Kinsale


Welcome to Claire Mac Donald, Miss Cork Universe runner-up 2010

All the Lockdown team would like to welcome new face Claire MacDonald to the team. Claire won everyones heart over at the finals of the Miss Cork Universe earlier this year and has gone onto train in the Industry locally, in preparation for joining the agency which she does so this week with her first ever photoshoot, shot by top Irish photographer Lili Forberg.

On another note, huge congratulations to stunning Miss Ireland Universe, Rozanna Purcell on coming 7th in Miss Universe in sunny Las Vegas last night. Rozanna was an amazing Irish Ambassador and Andrea Roche & all the team must be very proud of her success today. See the report on the star studded final from former Miss World Rosanna Davison

Celtic Ross ‘Simply Special’ Wedding Showcase

Lockdown Models Kellie Forde & Jamie O'Brien in dresses from Brides of Eire at the Warren Strand launching the Celtic Ross Hotel's 'Simply Special Wedding Showcase' Aug 20th

The beautiful Celtic Ross Hotel will hold its ‘Simply Special Wedding Showcase Night’ on Friday, August 20th next where brides & grooms-to-be can sample all that the stunning venue have on offer for your big day.

Pics: Gerard McCarthy

Guests on the night will be welcomed on the red carpet with a drinks reception and string quartet & proceedings will be celebrated afterwords with top local & wedding band The Dreams which features Irish songstress Jean Elliott, renowned performer Emma Cotter and Lockdown’s Emer O’Sullivan.

The hotel’s management team will be on hand to show engaged couples the lavish Warren Suite overlooking Rosscarbery Bay before guests enjoy a sample wedding meal prepared by Head Chef Linda O’SullivanBrides of Eire & Rossmore Dress Hire will host a bridal fashion show during the meal and all brides will receive a goodie bag at the end of the night.

With over €10,000 in prizes up for grabs on the night, the event is a huge night on the hotel’s annual event calendar and tickets are selling out fast, so call 023-8848722 now for your Simply Special Wedding Showcase ticket.

Lockdown Director rings in new decade in style

The stylish Imperial Hotel Penthouse was scene to one of Lockdown’s biggest parties this year when, last Friday, Lockdown boss Vivienne Kelly was joined by family, friends and her agency family as she celebrated her 30th birthday.

Birthday girl Vivienne Kelly blowing out her candles

Birthday girl Vivienne joined by fellow models Sarah Mello, co-director Emer O'Sullivan and former Miss Cork Sarah O'Connell

The amazing rooftop venue at the Imperial played host to the private party which was rocked into the early hours by the very capable hands of  DJ Colin Edwards. In a new season dress from H&M and not looking a day over 21, Vivienne accessoried her gorgeous party look with hair by the team at Sobe Brown and a handmade head piece by Velvet Bow. The stunning agency director partied the night away kicking off at the penthouse in the Imperial Friday night right through until finishing up in style at Rinka at the Boardwalk Saturday night/Sunday morning.

Fashion Make Up Artist Clare Leamy & the Irish Examiner's Sandy Carey


Former Miss Cork Sarah O'Connell with Ciara Quinn


Lockdown director Emer O'Sullivan, model Sarah Mello and model Sonya Coakley at Vivienne's Penthouse Party

Model Sarah Mello, makeup artist Clare Leamy, model Sonya Coakley and Emma all pose for a cheers at Vivienne's 30th Penthouse Party

Lockdown's birthday girl is joined by boyfriend Rob and brother William with his fiance, Lockdown model Sarah Mello


Jennifer Foley signs with Ford Paris

One of our top faces, Jennifer Foley has signed with one of the primary model agencies in the World, FORD MODELS, PARIS.

After joining Lockdown when home to study at UCC in Cork, ambitious Jennifer Foley has become one of the most booked faces in modelling here with clients queueing up to have her endorse and represent their brands. Jennifer, who enjoyed huge success in the industry since appearing on RTE’s The Model Agent with Erin O’Connor last year, is over the moon to be taking yet another step up the international modelling ladder. ”I am blessed to be with fantastic Irish agencies, IMG in London and to join the Ford team in Paris is a dream come true, I look forward to working hard while here and furthering my skills in the industry” said the top model.

Jennifer has broken the stereotype in Ireland of Irish models being favoured only for commercial work and scantily clad press shots.  She has excelled in the high-end side of the industry,  working for some of the top fashion houses in the World and has done the Irish industry extremely proud, paving the way for other models who are working in the same direction.

Huge congrats to Jenn from Vivienne & Emer at Lockdown and all her co-models and associates at the agency!

 ”Jenn is another great example of a hardworking model who is a shining example to other young models of how working hard, always wanting to learn more and striving to be at the top of your professional game can help you achieve your dreams” said Vivienne Kelly.

Lockdown Model Kate Slattery marks her progression to top stylist with the Story of Diarmuid & Gráinne

Pic: Miki Barlok / Model: Linda O'Sullivan @

In her two years working at Lockdown Models, Kate Slattery has,  from the start, embodied what it takes to be a true Lockdowner: ambition, drive, dedication and a true love for all that is the fashion industry in Ireland. Kerry native Kate won ‘Model of the Year’ at the closing show of Cork Fashion Week 2010 for her constant hard work behind the scenes as well as on the runway, after hosting events, working on marketing and production behind the scenes and showing her versatile professional skills by dealing with some of the agencies top clients during busy periods.

A true inspiration to younger faces in the agency & industry, Kate has just qualified as a stylist marking the occassion with a spectacularly styled shoot. Kate used her fashion experience coupled with her styling skills to create a fashion art spread - a narrative epic with styling that allows clothes to tell a  story, convey a message & potraying a mood.

Pic Miki Barlok

Pic Miki Barlok

Congrats to Kate from all your Lockdown family, your career can only progress in the same manner as your amazing first shoot: fiercely XOXO

See Lockown Director Emer O’Sullivan’s article in this month’s Corkonian Magazine for the full editorial on Kate’s shoot and amazing shoot images from Miki Barlok. Available from Easons, Patrick Street and all good vendors.

Pic: Miki Barlok

Pic: Miki Barlok

 Photography: Miki Barlok
Stylist: Kate Slattery
Designer: Grainne O’Connor
Hair Stylist: Ashling O’Sullivan ( Sobe Brown)
Make-up Artist: Roisin Hurley
Models Linda O’Sullivan ( Lockdown Model Agency) & Martin Brosnan.
Location : Carrig House, Caragh Lake, Ring of Kerry.

Best of luck to our gorgeous Miss Ireland Universe Girls!

Bon Voyage to our two models:  Miss Cork Maedhbh Kelly & Miss Tipperary Aisling Bourke as they leave today for Andrea Roche’s Miss Ireland Universe finals, which take place in Dublin tomorrow night.

Miss Cork 2010 Maedhbh Kelly

Miss Tipperary 2010 Aisling Bourke

Miss Tipperary 2010 Aisling Bourke

See this month’s VIP Magazine for shoot and interview with all the gorgeous finalists in the prestigious national pageant that has been expertly run by former Miss Ireland and TV personality Andrea Roche the past number of years.

Best of luck girls – have an amazing time and do Cork & Tipperary proud for us!

Emer, Vivienne & All the team XOXO

Miss Ireland Universe Finalists

Girls Wana Have Fun @ The Celtic Ross!

Martin Shanahan of Mad About Fish fame is joined by Lockdown Models Kellie Forde & Helena Hanbidge at the Celtic Ross to launch Girls Wana Have Fun in aid of Action Breast Cancer. Pic: Gerard McCarthy.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend at the Celtic Ross Hotel

In aid of Action Breast Cancer

The annual Girls Just Wanna Have Fun weekend in aid of Action Breast Cancer takes place at the Celtic Ross Hotel in West Cork from 1st – 3rd October 2010.  Now in its third year, the weekend in one of the most picturesque settings of West Cork, offers girls of all ages a perfect escape away from everything.  A time to chill and relax with lots of fun, relaxation and pampering, and at the same time fundraise for a charity close to many people’s hearts.

Helen Wycherley Owner of the Celtic Ross Hotel explained “The weekend is a great opportunity to have time out with other girls, getting together with sisters, daughters, mothers, mothers in law, best friends, school friends and spending quality fun time together. It’s packed full of activities – to do as much or as little as you like, from dirty dancing demos to relaxing massages, beauty therapies to long walks on the nearby strands.”

One of the highlights of the event will be a cookery demonstration with TV Personality, Martin “Mad About Fish” Shanahan who will be showing the ladies it is all about “no skin, no bone, no problem” when he gives an up close and personal cookery demonstration with complimentary wines, enticing the ladies to eat fish and be healthy.

On the more serious side of things, the weekend, which takes place during Action Breast Cancer Month, raises money for the free services that Action Breast Cancer offer to women with concerns about breast cancer, those who have developed breast cancer and also breast cancer research.

Rose O’Dea, Community Fundraiser Munster with the Irish Cancer Society stated “One in 10 Irish women have a chance of developing breast cancer during their lifetime.  The weekend not only raises vital funds so we can maintain the level of service that is vitally needed, but it also raises awareness of breast cancer and other cancers in women.”


Martin Shanahan of Mad About Fish fame is joined by Lockdown Models Kellie Forde & Helena Hanbidge at the Celtic Ross to launch Girls Wana Have Fun in aid of Action Breast Cancer. Pic: Gerard McCarthy.


Other activities during the weekend include Breast Cancer real life experiences, a self defense lesson with a 4th Degree Taekwondo instructor, Wine Tasting, Style Tips, Salsa dancing, Pilates, Aqua Aerobics and a Mini Facial in the Holistic Suite.

There is also a Glamorous Banquet on the Saturday night with a Champagne Reception and a Best Dressed “Pink” Ladies competition. The Love Junkies will provide the after dinner entertainment to keep the girls dancing until the early hours. And the next day before departing for home, the girls will have time for a brisk walk on The Warren Beach, over the cliff tops to Ownahincha Strand.  Guaranteed to banish any cobwebs and set everyone up for the journey home.

The Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Weekend in aid of Action Breast Cancer is just €185 per person sharing including two nights B&B, Champagne Banquet on the Saturday night, a Mini Facial or 20 minute Back, Neck and Shoulder Massage in the Holistic Suite and includes all the extra activities during the weekend.  For further information visit

 Action Breast Cancer

Action Breast Cancer, a programme of the Irish Cancer Society, is Ireland’s leading provider of breast cancer information and support. Each year the programme reaches over 25,000 women who are concerned about breast cancer and breast health. The aim is to ensure that everyone affected by breast cancer receives the highest standards of treatment, support and care, and to improve the quality of life of people living with breast cancer.

Some Statistics about Breast Cancer

  • Irish women have a 1 in 10 chance of developing breast cancer during the course of their lifetime
  • More than 1,700 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in Ireland each year
  • Only about five to ten per cent of breast cancers are believed to have a family link.
  • 74% of Irish women with breast cancer discovered the lump themselves.


Pic: Gerard McCarthy

For Further Informaion contact:
Helen Wycherley, 086 1719883 /

Services Include:
National Breast Cancer Helpline
Booklets and factsheets
Reach to Recovery
Journey Journal
Counselling service


Pic: Gerard McCarthy

Miss Daisy Blue rocks vintage at the English Market

Miss Daisy Blue is and exciting new vintage store located on Market Parade adjacent to the historical English Market in Cork City. The two level shop specializes in carefully selected and lovingly restored reasonably priced vintage clothing and accessories, costume jewelry, and purses. With an emphasis on quality as well as style the stock cover many decades through to the early eighties.
Miss Daisy Blue is the perfect place for any fashionista with a sophisticated approach to vintage fashion and style.

Huge thanks to Breda & her friendly staff for a fantastic customer evening there last week with great music, food, yummy cupcakes from Peacock & Ruby and more importantly – amazing vintage styles. Best of luck in your gorgeous store, Love from all the Lockdowners xoxoxo

Ruta’s progressing to new heights in Fashion

When Ruta Jonauskaite approached the Lockdown team two years ago at only 18 years of age, we saw an ambitious spark in her that we knew would made her a valuable, hardworking Lockdown future team member.

One of Rutas designs in Cork Fashion Week 2010. Pic Ivan Begala

In the two years since we met Ruta, she has gone from dedicated schoolgirl to fashion student, fashion designer, beauty pageant finalist and now – a stunning model.

Etaoin Ni hAilpin wearing showcasing one of Ruta's designs at CFW 2010. Pic Ivan Begala

Ruta with model mentor and fellow fashion designer Kellie Forde

Rutas determination, drive and understanding of professionalism behind the scenes of the Irish fashion industry have earned her a well deserved place on the Lockdown books along side other like models, such as 20 year old fashion design student and top model Kellie Forde.  Not interested in being seen out and about like other peers, both girls have spent their time availing of the fashion experience from an unusually young age through the agency by working backstage at shows, helping at launches and events, studying Fashion Design and ultimately working at Cork Fashion Week as well as participating and making the finals of Miss Cork the past two years.

It is with open arms and huge pride that we welcome Ruta in her next step on the fashion ladder as model at the Agency. Ruta is a great role model for younger girls coming up the ranks, proving that hard work really does pay off and we are delighted to have Ruta on board at Lockdown! xoxo

Images below of Ruta’s first shoot with up-and-coming fashion photographer Ivan Begala who also shot Ruta’s runway collection for Cork Fashion Week 2010:

Lockdown Model: Ruta Jonauskaite

House of Design at Opera Lane, Sat 19th of June next

Cathy Jackson at the House of Design as part of CFW 2010

Lockdown have joined forces with Cork’s newest, hippest shopping district, Opera Lane to bring you another design feast. The House of Design will open its doors bi-monthly with the first design boutique happening next Saturday, June 19th. 

The concept, which first ran as part of CFW 2010, is the brainchild of Lockdown’s directors Emer O’Sullivan & Vivienne Kelly, with the goal of providing a place for local fashion designers, dressmakers, graduates and students, to showcase their current collections. After travelling to many vintage markets from Camden to Barcelona to New York, Emer & Vivienne felt that shoppers in Cork needed a place to come to buy specially made garments and meet the designers behind the creations.

Fashion designers will be on hand on the day to meet the public and answer any fashion related queries they may have. Orders may be placed for special occasions (weddings, confirmations, functions etc) and there will be full collections of garments and accessories on display.

Top Cork designer Cathy Jackson (pictured above) is very excited about exhibiting at House of Design ‘’I exhibited at Opera Lane as part of Cork Fashion Week 2010 and was hugely encouraged by the knowledge and interest about fashion of the women of Cork who came to shop there. I have been run off my feet designing since and cannot wait to be part of House of Design on June 19th again. It is a huge honour to be involved in something this fashion forward in our city, all of us designers participating are very excited about it’’, remarked Cathy.

A design boutique ran at Opera Lane as part of Cork Fashion Week last April and proved to be an astounding success.  Shoppers bagged huge bargains with many handmade garments sold for as little as €25. For this reason, the positive feedback and demand has really proved the need for a designers boutique in our fashion-forward city.

So, ladies, its time to get your shopping on!: Visit House of Design from 9am – 6pm, Saturday June 19th next at Opera Lane (entrance directly across from Topshop).


Miss Cork Maedhbh Kelly joins sports stars to appeal for help in recruiting 500 new child sponsors to help save lives in Swaziland

Miss Cork 2010 Maedhbh Kelly joins the World Vision Cork appeal

Miss Cork 2010 Maedhbh Kelly joined GAA legends Jimmy Barry Murphy and Graham Canty, who lined out with former Irish rugby International Michael Bradley today to launch the World Vision ‘Cork 500’, an urgent charity appeal to recruit 500 new child sponsors for an African community in serious need.

The Cork 500 appeal for World Vision (Ireland) is a targeted campaign that hopes to recruit 500 new child sponsors for a long term area development programme in Shiselweni in Swaziland, a community that has been ravaged by drought and the spread of HIV/Aids.

GAA All-Star Jimmy Barry Murphy, pleaded with his fellow Cork people to help World Vision reach its target of 500 child sponsors, “For just 83c a day, you can sponsor a child in Swaziland and make an extraordinary difference to their lives. If Cork hits the target of 500 sponsors, the project in Swaziland will be funded and ultimately lives will be saved – that’s down to us, the people of Cork, to get on board and make that difference.”

It costs €25 a month to sponsor a child, that’s just 83c a day.

To become a sponsor go to or text SPONSOR to 51500


About World Vision (Ireland)

Established in Ireland for over 27 years, World Vision is a registered Child Sponsorship charity dedicated to working with children, families and their communities in six African nations to empower them to reach their full potential by addressing the root causes of poverty. Through their child sponsorship programme, a special emphasis is put on ensuring the needs and rights of children are met, because they are often the hardest hit by conflict, disaster and chronic poverty.

Kinsale Comes Together to Host Unique Wedding Showcase – Sunday 13th June


Kinsale, County Cork, will host an exclusive 1-stop Wedding Showcase on Sunday June 13.

Couples planning their nuptials can visit every type of wedding supplier in & around the picturesque town of Kinsale – from florists, cake makers, limousines and bus transfers to photographers, milliners, Bridal Shop… plus any style of musician you could imagine! And of course a wide selection of reception venues will open their doors, with each offering superb prizes totaling in excess of €10,000 in value!  So to plan your perfect wedding day visit Kinsale on Sunday 13th June between 2pm and 6pm. 

Register on the Kinsale Land Train situated on the Pier Road to collect your information bag and map.

Lockdown looks forward to Rinka

Lockdown’s Vivienne & Former Miss Cork Sarah O’Connell launch RINKA

Lockdown lovelies Vivienne Kelly & Sarah O’Connell celebrated the launch of a new club night in Cork  which is officially launching Sunday the 6th June and thereafter every Saturday night in the Boardwalk Bar, Lapps Quay.

Playing on the night will be the irrepressible DJ Joey Kelly, with special guest Saxophonist Daska joining him for some live jamming.  Colm Kenefick will guest DJ the following week.

Although Cork has both a varied and vibrant night life, RINKA will add something fresh to to it, a new venue and music that doesn’t lean too much on any single genre and talented DJ’s each night.  RINKA, which is the Irish word for dancing – promises exactly what it says – dancing! The music policy is extremely broad-ranging. If you can dance to it – it will be played.

RINKA officially launches June Bank Holiday Sunday, and every Saturday night thereafter in the Boardwalk Bar. Entrance on the night is only €10 and the doors open at 11:30.

Model Kellie Forde drives Hot Summer Event at Brown Thomas ‘Wish You Were Here’

Top model Kellie Forde, was on hand at Brown Thomas Cork today, ready to hop into a fabulous Fiat 500, to drive the Hot Summer Event, Wish You Were Here, taking place in all Brown Thomas and BT2 stores until this Sunday 23rd May.

Incorporating all things from Beauty to Swimwear as well as Sunglasses to Accessories the Hot Summer Event is offering customers to the store all the tips and tricks for preparing for the summer months ahead.

Laura Mercier make-up artist Chris Simpson will be in Brown Thomas Cork from Thursday 20th until Saturday 22nd May offering his insider secrets to achieving a sizzling summer look. From taking-it-easy with the best in sun protection to faking-it-easy with the best self-tanning products around, bask in the knowledge of international make-up artists demonstrating the best summer colours, looks and styles for face, hair and body.

 Brown Thomas Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and BT2 Grafton Street, Dundrum and Blanchardstown

Guttercandy meets a talented Lockdown Gem: Kellie Forde

Visit the infamous guttercandy blog (in our recommended blog links also here) to see interview with our amazing Kellie Forde.  Guttercandy is a favourite among fashionistas the world over with interesting fashion editorial and interviews with some of the top people in the industry all over the world. Congrats to Kell from all the team…her hard work ethic and hunger to constantly learn more about the industry from such a young age sets her ahead of many models in the country. xoxo

Fashion Hair Guru Patrick Cameron returns to Cork

After a fantastic event last year, we were beside ourselves to meet Patrick Cameron again when we heard he was back in our city for another hair event with Hennessy Hair & Beauty.

Renowned Worldwide hair stylist Patrick Cameron

Since arriving in the United Kingdom from New Zealand in 1987, Patrick has worked in association with global manufacturer, Wella. Renowned for his skills in dressing long hair, Patrick is also the consummate professional, inspiring hairdressers with his unique blend of education and his fantastic ability to make even the most complex hairstyle look easy. Attendees to his stage performances are always enthralled by the theatrical element Patrick injects into his presentations.

Patrick Cameron with top fashion makeup artist Kate Noonan

A regular presenter at the most prestigious global hairdressing events, Patrick has demonstrated his skills at Cosmoprof, the IBS, The World Hairdressing Congress, The Alternative Hair show, The World Championship, The London Hair Collections, The World Congress in Sydney, Looks in Rimini, The Austrian Hair Congress, Salon Look and Salon International in London. It is at Salon International each year that Patrick unveils his latest collection, providing inspiration with his latest techniques and images to hairdressers globally.

Patrick Cameron with the Lockdown Hair Models at the industry event

Not only is Patrick an amazingly talented stylist and trainer for top hairdressing pros but he put all of us in a good mood with his sunny personality for months to come. We salute you Patrick!

Join Hennessy Hair & Beauty on Face Book now for details of upcoming events.

Lockdowns Catriona, Luciann and Kellie backstage after being styled by Patrick Cameron

Mud Run is heading for Munster!

Mud Run - Ireland’s muckiest race heads south this coming June. Munster Mud Run, which will be held at 11am on Saturday, 19th June 2010, takes place at Coillte, Ballyhoura Mountains, Doneraile, Co. Cork. The 5km forest track takes participants through mud pits, water holes and over a series of obstacles guaranteed to leave them dirty, muddy and smiling.

Lockdown's Sonya Coakley launching the Mud Run.

Lockdown's Sonya Coakley launching the Mud Run.

Registration for Munster Mud Run is now open for those with a sense of adventure and fun by visiting Cost of registration is €30 for individuals, while groups of four can register for €100.

Derek McKay of Mud Run Ireland said, “Munster Mud Run is guaranteed to be great fun and the Ballyhouras provide the perfect backdrop for the event.  On the boarders of Cork, Limerick and Tipperary, the Ballyhoura Mountains are easily accessible; just 45 minutes from Cork and Limerick city centres. The region is fast becoming synonymous with outdoor adventure activities, which include mountain biking, kayaking, paragliding and equestrian sports. Novelty prizes for the first male and female to finish will be presented on the day as well as prizes for the cleanest, dirtiest and first group to cross the finishing line.

All participants will get a special Munster Mud Run t-shirt. Participants can also raise some much-needed funds for MS Ireland. Sponsorship cards can be obtained by emailing

For more information contact: Ciaran Curran, Mud Run Ireland – 086 373 5874 Derek McKay, Mud Run Ireland – 087 978 6427

Kinsale Vintage Rally kicks off the summer season

Former Miss Cork Sarah O Connell at the Kinsale Vintage and Classic Car Rally We always know the summer has begun once the Kinsale Vintage Rally gets underway.

Former Miss Cork Sarah O’Connell joined locals and visitors to Kinsale town for the widely publicised Vintage and Classic Car rally which attracted visitors from all over Ireland to the picturesque town. Also spotted at the sunny event was author and TV personality Amanda Brunker who is a regular guest at Kinsale’s Blue Haven Hotel.