Sunshine & Umbrellas VIP Spring Fashion Show

  • Rochestown Park Hotel Rochestown Rd Cork, Cork Ireland

Sunshine & Umbrellas returns with a fabulous fashion show on Thursday 28 April at the Rochestown Park Hotel.

'Brooklyn' actress Eileen O'Higgins wearing a piece from Shauna Fay at the 2016 BAFTA awards.

'Brooklyn' actress Eileen O'Higgins wearing a piece from Shauna Fay at the 2016 BAFTA awards.

Niamh Horgan and Chris McCarthy have organised a show-stopper in aid of Cork ARC Cancer Support House and Breakthrough Cancer Research, and to celebrate the occasion, they have drafted in a very special guest, broadcaster, designer and stylist Sonya Lennon. 

In true Sunshine & Umbrellas style, their VIP Fashion Show brings together designers and boutiques from across the land, including Paper Dolls, Tony's Menswear, Sheena's Boutique, Blush, Itsa Me, Miss Daisy Blue, Blue Fig, Phoenix V, Fitzgerald's Menswear, Designer Steals, BD Luxed and Azure. The show will be styled by Beth Haughton.

Guests will also be treated to the stunning designs of Shauna Fay. The beautiful 'Brooklyn' actress Eileen O'Higgins recently wore a knockout piece from Shauna's atelier to the 2016 BAFTA awards.

We are all looking forward to seeing the venue styled by Amy Daunt - where after the show our fashionable ladies will dance the night away to Cork's 96FM DJ Ken Perrott. As well as the style on display, there will be goodie bags and raffle prizes on offer, plus a prize for best dressed. Sponsors include EY who have generously contributed to the Sunshine & Umbrellas project since its inception.

Tickets are just €35.00 for the event, and proceeds will benefit two of Cork's cancer charities - Cork ARC Cancer Support House, who provide support services for cancer patients and their families, free of charge, and Breakthrough Cancer Research who fund the efficient and effective development of new treatments for cancer. 


Sunshine & Umbrellas is the brainchild of Chris McCarthy and Niamh Horgan, who wanted to give something back to two of Cork’s most deserving charities, Cork ARC Cancer Support House and Cork Cancer Research Centre, having experienced first-hand the great work done by both organisations. Niamh lost her sister-in-law Geraldine Horgan to cancer, while Chris’ wife Cathryn died from ovarian cancer in 2012. 

Chris and Niamh are great believers in the support services offered by Cork ARC Cancer Support House which help with the devastating emotional and psychological impact a cancer diagnosis can have on patients and their families and they are also staunch advocates of the pioneering work of Cork Cancer Research Centre developing new treatments for primary and secondary cancers.