An Afternoon Tea to Remember

The Donegal Youth Service Afternoon Tea fundraiser took place on Saturday, October 14th in the stunning surrounds of Castle Grove on the shores of the Swilly.  Tickets for the much sought after glamorous event sold out weeks before the event took place.

Hosts Maria Rushe, and Joanne Gallinagh, DYS RD Lorraine Thompson, DYS Youth Outreach Worker Sheena Boyle Laverty

Castle Grove Entrance Hall

It’s common knowledge that Donegal ladies are a very glamorous bunch, but attendees really went above and beyond for this special afternoon.  The event was hosted by two fabulous Donegal women, Joanne Gallinagh of Beaus & Belles Baby Massage and Maria Rushe, The S-Mum who were dressed to the nines by Tokyo Boutique.


DYS Youth Outreach Worker and Afternoon Tea organiser Sheena Boyle-Laverty shared “I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the glamorous ladies who made such an incredible effort and made the day the success it was!” and “Thank you so much to our incredible sponsors, as without you this day would not have been possible.  We were absolutely overwhelmed by the support, and the proceeds will make a huge difference in the lives of young people in Donegal.”

As well as a delicious afternoon tea spread of sandwiches, cakes, and scones, attendees were treated to a fashion show from local shops Clare Clothing and Pure Boutique who showcased their stunning Autumn/Winter collections.  Donegal women have plenty of style options locally for this fashion season.

There was also a workshop from Alma McManus of Clothesology offering a “style solution for every body”.  Alma had the crowd of “fine looking women!” laughing and learning from the start.

Ladies enjoying Alma’s ‘Clothesology’ workshop

















Generous local businesses Arena 7, Macs Mace, Highland Motors and Mc Ginleys Bar sponsored the cost of the event. While goodies and raffle prizes were kindly been donated by Cocoa Brown, Inglot, Boots, iCandy, Kinvara Skinscare, Niks Tea, Aoife McGill Personal Training, Clare Clothing, bPerfect, Funky Flowers, Healthwise, Menarys and Castle Grove Country House.

Clare Clothing Models: Lorraine Kavanagh, Juanita Boyle, Michelle Sweeney, Lynda Halligan, Lorraine Thompson








Pure Boutique Models:
Caoimhe Lagan, Michelle Sweeney, Lynda Halligan, Juanita Boyle


























Donegal Youth Service are a registered charity.  Charity No. CHY 15027.  For more information about any of the services they offer please visit, find them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, call (074) 91 29630 or visit 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny.

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