Popplewell dons a dress and attempts to walk the walk at St Fintan's fundraiser

By Amy Lewis

Some of the Roses in all of their finery: 'Josie Cyrus' Cullen, 'Deirdre' Wright, 'Francesca Red' Staples, 'Conchita Hacker' Staples, 'Barbara Blondie' Wright and 'Nikita' Popplewell.
Some of the Roses in all of their finery: 'Josie Cyrus' Cullen, 'Deirdre' Wright, 'Francesca Red' Staples, 'Conchita Hacker' Staples, 'Barbara Blondie' Wright and 'Nikita' Popplewell.

The catwalk may be a world away from the rugby pitch but that didn't stop Wexford sporting legend Nick Popplewell from strutting his stuff at the Rose of St Fintan's fundraiser last weekend.

In an effort to raise funds for his local GAA Club St Fintans, Nick donned his finest frock and transformed himself into 'Nikita the Ferny Hill Rose' at the event in Danby Lodge Hotel. After choosing one of several dresses and adding a blonde wig and plenty of mascara, the former Irish rugby union player certainly looked the part on the night.

'I chose the dress purely because it was one that fitted,' he laughed. 'We also had a swimwear section which was quite revealing. I think the audience enjoyed it. Thankfully, the photographer wasn't there to take any pictures of that part!'

Each of the eight roses was tasked with staging a party piece on the night. Nick, or Nikita, decided to add a touch of magic to his performance by inviting a local magician to lend him a hand. However, despite his efforts, Nick lost out on the crown to Ballymore Rose Barbara Blondie Wright. The rugby star said that he was 'hugely disappointed' not to be crowned the winner and that he feels that some vote rigging may have occurred.

Over 250 people from across the county turned up to the event which is sure to be the talk of the town for years to come.

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