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Ireland's biggest fashion show is back with some of the country's most best-established and emerging talents gearing up to showcase their new creations.

The ARC Fashion Show will be opened by Broadcaster Marian Finucane at the RDS Concert Hall on Thursday, March 8, International Women’s Day. 

Supported by leading Irish law firm, Arthur Cox, the ARC Fashion Show will see 800 attendees take to their seats to view the latest collections by 28 Irish designers, with funds raised going to ARC Cancer Support Centres which offers a range of free support to those affected by cancer.

Known as 'ARC Angels', a number of women who have experienced breast cancer will take to the runway to model a special sequence of designer outside.

Joan Hodkinson, who experienced breast cancer and was a user of the services says, “When I was going through my own cancer diagnosis, ARC Cancer Support Centres was there to support me. It was a huge comfort knowing I could speak to someone who had a similar experience especially if I was feeling emotional.”

“Having cancer can be very lonely and at times you can feel isolated. I was delighted to be asked to be an ‘ARC Angel’ and take part in the Fashion Show. It’s my way of showing people that there is life after cancer.”

ARC Cancer Support Centre provides a range of professional support, counselling and complementary therapy services to men and women affected by cancer. All services are provided free of charge at ARC centres in Eccles Street, Dublin 7 and South Circular Road, Dublin 8.

The ARC Fashion Show takes place on Thursday, 8th March in the RDS Concert Hall, Dublin 4. Doors open at 7pm with the show starting at 8pm sharp.  Tickets cost €55 and can be purchased by calling 01 830 7333 or arccancersupport.ie

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26 designers, 800 attendees and one brilliant cause.

It's not often that a charity event can hold its own in the world of fashion, but the ARC Fashion Show does just that.

Following on from the success of last year, the show returns to Dublin's RDS this Monday April 4, with a host of amazing Irish designers already confirmed.

With all funds raised going direction to ARC Cancer Support Centres around Ireland, this is one night of fun and glamour that's worth every penny.

Among this years confirmed names is Irish design mastermind Helen Cody, who counts Amy Huberman and Stephanie Roche among her fans.

This will be Helen's third year to showcase at the event, after being approached by producer Eddie Shanahan back in 2014.

Other designers confirmed include Heidi Higgins, Emma Manley, David O’Malley and Mairead Whisker.

This year will also see six milliners – Martha Lynn, Aisling Ahern, Margaret O’Connor, Elaine Keogh, Aoife Kirwan and Davina Lynch – showing off their exquisite creations.

As with every year, five of the models in the show will be 'ARC Angels,' clients of ARC who are battling cancer.

The ARC Fashion Show takes place on Monday 4th April at 8pm at the RDS Concert Hall.  Tickets cost €50 and can be purchased by calling 01 830 7333 or visiting the ARC website. You can also donate €4 today to ARC by texting ARC to 50300.

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Christmas is the season of giving, but it's not just about buying smellies for your mum or socks for your dad.

At this time of year it's nice to give back a little too, and ARC Cancer Support are making it extra easy to help them raise some much-needed funds.

If you've happened to be in St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre this week, you may have noticed a very special addition on the first floor floor – the blue ARC Tree of Hope.

As well as admiring the gorgeous tree, shoppers are encouraged to buy an ARC bauble for just €5, which can be taken home or hung on the tree. Each bauble has space for you to write a personal message of hope and love – be it for a loved one who is in need of a kind word, or in memory of someone who has passed away.

On the 13th of this month, an official lighting ceremony will take place, with the Dublin Gospel Choir on hand to provide some festive entertainment and Aslan frontman Christ Dignam there to light the tree.

ARC hopes to raise €20,000 from this year's festive initiative, with funds going towards counselling and complementary services for those with cancer and their loved ones.

For more information, head along to St Stephen's Green Shopping Centre or follow ARC on Facebook and Twitter.

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