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High-profile event as two well-known personalities to launch fundraising cookbook for Laois primary school

Darina Allen and Eileen Dunne

The week has come for a former RTE newsreader and a culinary queen to come together to launch a cookbook for a Laois primary school.

Honorary Laois lady, Eileen Dunne, and Cullahill native, Darina Allen, will be in the Killeshin Hotel on Thursday, March 2, at 7.30pm.

Eileen and Darina, two of Ireland’s esteemed Family Favourite ladies, will officially launch the Emo National School fundraising cookbook.

The cookbook entitled ‘Family Favourites’ is a collection of mouth-watering recipes lovingly shared by parents, children, grandparents, staff and friends of the school.

Additionally, a variety of recipes were generously donated by chefs from local restaurants along with some surprise Celebrity Chefs. Darina also kindly wrote the foreword to the cookbook.

Organisers have confirmed that as alcohol will be served on the night, this is an adult-only event.

Luckily, the children at Emo NS enjoyed a special launch and celebration of the school’s first cookbook last Thursday at the school.

Every cent raised from the sales will go directly to the school children at Emo National School and to the school’s new Autism Spectrum Disorder unit.

The cookbook will be available for purchase at €15 each at the launch evening.

It will also be on sale in All Books Portlaoise, Hummingbird Interiors & Café Portarlington, McConville’s Supervalu Mountmellick, Siopa Ioma/Bernie’s of Emo, Portarlington Post Office, Mueller & O’Connell Abbeyleix and Emo National School.

All those who attend on the night will have the chance to win a luxurious stay for two in the 5-star Ballyfin Demesne.

This will come in the form of a raffle where tickets to Forest Fest in Emo are also up for grabs.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.