Don goes back to being a Chef!
Fashion Designer to the stars, Don O’Neill, will return to his culinary past for one night only this July for what promises to be an unforgettable fundraising event in memory of his beloved mother, Mim O’Neill.
The renowned designer, who trained as a chef before embarking on a stellar fashion career, has joined forces with cancer support charity Recovery Haven Kerry to host a spectacular dinner dance at Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee on Friday, July 20th.
The Ballyheigue designer, who lost his mother to cancer in 2012, will be joined by family, friends and loyal supporters to celebrate his beloved mother Mim on the eve of her sixth anniversary, where he will set a stunning four-course dinner menu of her favourite dishes
Don and his husband Pascal and the Recovery Haven team have also lined up an amazing night of entertainment, with the couple enlisting their own wedding band – the incredible Bentley Boys Band – to perform on the night.
A number of local businesses have also eagerly come on board to sponsor six remarkable spot prizes, which include a half day ‘For Ladies Only’ spa package for two at Nadur Spa at Ballygarry House Hotel, including a two course lunch in the Brasserie and a table d’hote dinner in Restaurant 58; An exquisite pamper package from Expose Beauty; A stunning gold Fuschia pendant from Brian de Staic Jewellers (Mim’s favourite flower) and a €200 holiday voucher courtesy of Noreen Lane Travel Counsellors. In addition, there will be two amazing hotel getaways up for grabs, including an overnight stay and full Irish breakfast for two at the five-star Dromoland Castle, and two- nights’ B&B for two people at Limerick’s four-star Absolute Hotel.
And while fashion will be off Don’s menu that evening, it should certainly be a top priority for the lady attendees, as the best dressed lady – chosen by Orla Diffily- will win a dream prize of a THEIA evening gown of her choice, kindly donated by Don.

The event will kick off with a champagne and cocktail reception at 6.30pm. Upon arrival guests will have the opportunity to be photographed with Don and Pascal on the red carpet .
Speaking about the event, Don says his family and Pascal are thrilled to honour his mother’s memory for such a deserving charity.
Close friend of the couple and Recovery Haven PR & Marketing officer, Marisa Reidy, said the excitement surrounding the event is already incredible, adding that the charity is indebted to Don and Pascal and the extended O’Neill family for their amazing support.
Tickets for this unique event, priced at €75 each, are now available from Recovery Haven at 5 Haig’s Terrace, Tralee on 066 7192122 or via email at:
Guests of the event can also avail of a special overnight accommodation rate by phoning Ballyroe Heights Hotel on 066 7126796