It could be yours for just €20.
BAFTA-winning Cork actor Siobhan McSweeney has announced that she will be raffling off the iconic gown she wore at the awards and donating the proceeeds to Marymount University Hospital and Hospice in memory of her beloved dad, Traolach Mac Suibhne.
McSweeney won a BAFTA for best female performance in a comedy programme for her role as Sr Michael, the eye-rolling principal of Our Lady Immaculate College, in the Channel 4 sitcom Derry Girls.
The dress is by US label Fashion Brand Company. Established in 2018 by Penelope Gazin in her Los Angeles apartment, the label is ‘100% woman-owned, independent, direct-to-consumer slow fashion’ which places diversity in sizing and fit at the top of its agenda.
Earlier this month, Siobhan posted a Twitter poll to gauge interest in holding a raffle for the dress and the decision to go with a raffle instead of an auction was to make the fundraiser more inclusive.
— Siobhán McSweeney (@siobhni) July 5, 2023
“Ever since my darling Dad, Traolach Mac Suibhne, passed away in Marymount in 2019, me and my brother wanted to do something to show our deep gratitude for the magnificent, bespoke, and deeply compassionate care he received in his last month.” said the actress.
“Dreams of running a marathon have come, and unsurprisingly gone.
“When I was lucky enough to win a BAFTA in May I thought the very least I could do is raffle off this beautiful dress. It may be arrogant enough to believe people would be interested in it, but I can assure you it will make you feel like a million dollars! It is surprisingly comfy and so beautifully cut.
“It has been altered slightly but that only makes it more bespoke. If you are a size 20 this will fit you like a glove. I know €20 is a lot but it will be going directly to Marymount. And believe me, it is a worthy cause.”
The raffle will launch on Friday, July 21st on Siobhan McSweeneys social media channels and iDonate