Friday, December 28, 2007

Lexus Chase at Leopardstown

The highlight of the festive season of racing at Leopardstown was undoubtedly the feature race of the Lexus Chase. Many friends and supporters of the luxury car brand were there and Mark Teevan and Aidan Conolly of Lexus Ireland were on hand to greet the large number of guests invited for a special luncheon. Among them were rugby player Brian O’Driscoll and his actress girlfriend Amy Huberman and top model Roz Lipsett, who returns to New York this week. TV news anchors Elaine Crowley and Anne Doyle were also there and enjoyed tips from sports presenter Shane O’Donoghue.

Dr. Tim O’Mahony, Chairman of Lexus Ireland mingled amongst the crowd and chatted to H.E. Keiichi Hayashi, Japanese Ambassador to Ireland. They reflected on a magnificent year, one which saw the 50th anniversary of relations between Ireland and Japan.

Style queen Lisa Fitzpatrick was in great form and was looking forward to spending the New Year in Dromoland Castle with her husband Paul and their two children. She also had the tough task of selecting the Best Dressed Lady on the day. After selecting a large group of fashionable fillies she whittled it down to Michelle Murphy-Lawless from Galway who was a vision in a black and cream ensemble.

With many guests delighted at having backed the winning horse, Denman, it was off to the nearby Beacon Hotel and further a field to the Four Seasons to celebrate.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Lancome Festive Season party

Luxury beauty and cosmetic company Lancôme recently hosted a festive champagne soirée in the beautiful surrounds of the library at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street. International brand ambassador Yota Filpoulou flew in especially for the event to showcase her talents as a top make-up artist.

MD Trevor Tye welcomed guests and bestowed seasons greeting on all in a warm speech. Among the guests on the evening were fashionista Bairbre Power, Triona McCarthy and Hugh Hanley, Isabel Hayes and Sarah McInerney (who is busy with writing a new book), stylist Cathy O’Connor and Anne Boylan, who was fresh from her recent meeting with HSH Prince Albert of Monaco in New York.

Pictured at the party were: 1. Debbie McVicar, Trevor Tye, Yota Filopoulou and Helen Fealy; 2. Leanne De Cerbo, Sandra Bothwell; 3. Marthaline Wer and Yota Filpoulou; 4. Wayne Cronin Sarah McInerney.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Jameson 60 Second Film

Jameson Dublin International Film Festival last week launched the Jameson 60 Second Competition at a special event in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, followed by a screening of It's A Wonderful Life. The competition invites film fans to create their own 60 second Jameson trailer with the strap-line, Jameson – Great Taste in Film. Entrants must use two props, a green director’s chair and a bottle of Jameson - more details at
Enjoying the festive cheer were: 1. Mitzy Dunne and Dave Coffey; 2. Ciara McDonald and Sonia Harris; 3. Louise McDermott and Roz Lipsett; 4. Norman Pratt and Karena Graham; 5. Juile Devine and Daniella Moyles.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Go racing!

Pictured at the launch of the Leopardstown Christmas Festival were: 1. Sandra Byrne and Nadine Wai - O'Flynn; 2. Mark Teevan, Marietta Doran and Andrew Nasskau; 3. Dee Breen and Joe McVeigh; 4. Kathryn Thomas, Eamon Dunphy and Tamso Doyle; 5. Trina Cooke.

Leopardstown Christmas Festival

The racing set were out in force on Tuesday night as Horse Racing Ireland & Leopardstown racecourse held a reception to launch the largest racing festival of the winter season - The Leopardstown Christmas Festival. This year is shaping up to be bigger and better then ever and judging by the large crowd at the launch, people are gearing up for the event already.

Amongst the horse loving crowd were Eamon Dunphy who made a heart warming speech on how proud he is to be Irish and how our trainers and jockeys are the best in the world. National Hunt jockey’s Davy Russell, Paul Carberry and Grand National winner Robert Power were there along with trainer Tony Martin, HRI Chief Executive Brian Kavanagh, Paddy Power, Lexus Ireland’s Mark Teevan, Clio O’Gara of Bewleys Hotels and HRI’s Michael O’Rourke all enjoyed the Christmas songs that were performed by Owen Brady on the night.

Regular Ladies Day attendee Faith Almond looked fabulous in a Moschino coat and was chatting to Horse Racing Irelands own Tamso Doyle (who was wearing this seasons black – a Jenny Packham dress) about what she will wear at the The Lexus Chase, on December 28th. The prize value on the day is €15,000, making it the richest Ladies Day prize in winter racing. The ‘Best Dressed Lady’ will win luxury Lexus chauffeur transfers to the five-star Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt, where they will stay in the ultra-exclusive Presidential Suite for two nights, enjoying dinner for two at Gordon Ramsay, luxury ESPA Pampering, plus a €2,000 voucher for Brown Thomas - worth fighting for, I think you'll agree.

Others eager to find out more about the Ladies Day prize were socialites Nadine-Wai O’Flynn, Sandra Byrne, Emily O’Donell and jewellery designer Rebecca Davis who came along with her sister Emma. Liam Durkan came with his brother Neil and father Bill. The Durkans will be sponsoring the opening day of the festival and the feature race the Grade 1 Durkan New homes Novice Chase with a prize fund of €324,000.

Horse Racing Ireland Fashion Ambassador Kathryn Thomas looked stunning after just stepping off a flight, having been travelling in Asia and Australia for 5 weeks, she was chatting to author Marisa Mackle and actress Rachel Kavanagh. At the launch Tom Burke, Manager of Leopardstown Racecourse, said “The National Hunt Festival at Leopardstown is the highlight of the Christmas calendar and we expect attendance to exceed last years record numbers. The overall prize-money of €1.3 million will attract the best horses providing top class racing to entertain the crowd.”

Go racing!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Bee Movie premiere

It was all about black and yellow last week as a swarm of well known faces gathered for the Irish premiere of 'Bee Movie'. The animated flick takes a closer look at the world of bees through the eyes of one in particular - Barry B. Benson (voiced by Jerry Seinfeld) - who gets himself into all sorts of trouble when he breaks away from his hive.
Pictured at the premiere screening and party were: 1. Valerie Roe and her son Josh; 2. Actress Emma Bolger and Sarah Bolger; 3. Brian Ormond and his daughter Chloe; 4. Sinead Coffey and Amy Murphy; 5. Aoife Desales.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Katy French

It has been such a rollercoaster of a week in which, ultimately, Katy French lost her battle for life. I was shocked and deeply saddened by her death, as were most of the people in Ireland.

I knew Katy a few years, we were not close nor were we very good friends, but we would meet at various parties and social gatherings and chat briefly. She always had a smile on her face and an interesting story to tell. She was bright, clever and engaging and anyone who ever met her will attest to that. Never taking herself too seriously, and with her great sense of humour (and distinctive husky laugh!), Katy was always great company.

In her short life she managed to accomplish a great deal, perhaps more that most. She utilised her celebrity status to raise mush needed funds for charity, a favourite of hers being GOAL. I remember after she returned from a humanitarian mission to Calcutta a few months ago she was full of empathy, sincerity and hope for the people she met there. Touched by her experience, Katy was full of news and had, I’m sure, a lot more work planned to do.

In an article in the Sunday Independent she wrote: “Importantly, my journey to Calcutta helped me build on my own sense of self-worth. I realised that we are all here under the eyes of God to help each other and that He doesn't require us to succeed, only to try. In so doing, little by little, bit by bit, perhaps each one of us will reach our Goal.”

The last time I met Katy was at her 24th birthday party. She looked amazing and was the belle of the ball. That’s how I will remember her. It’s still unbelievable that a week later she was gone and only a few days ago I was paying my last respects at her funeral. So much more than a model and socialite, Katy French was one of the brightest sparks in Ireland and I’m delighted to have known her.

Sadly missed, but fondly remembered.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

S&P Top 50

Social & Personal magazine, Ireland's society bible, recently hosted its annual Christmas bash where they revealed the 50 Most Invite people in Ireland. Topping the list was style icon Celia Holman - Lee, who looked amazing, as always, on the evening. Pictured at the party were: 1. Rachel Montahue; 2. Celia Holma - Lee and Carmel O'Sullivan; 3. Becky Sutherland and Jessica Morris; 4. Lynne Kelly and Melissa McDermott; 5. Carmel O'Sullivan, editor PJ Gibbons and Rosanna Davison.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Corban Walker

Internationally renowned Irish artist Corban Walker recently hosted a solo exhibition in the Green on Red Gallery, his first in Ireland for many years, in association with Veuve Cliquot. With his glass sculptures of intricate construction, Walker has amassed critical acclaim and a core following of art aficionados over the years. Now based in New York, he flew in especially to meet and greet many friends and fans alike, including singer Maria Doyle Kennedy, RTE's Barbara McCarthy, artist Louis Le Broquoy and his wife Anne Madden and Nobel winner Seamus Heaney.
This opening night also marked the end of a series of premium art events that Veuve Clicquot has sponsored this year including Tacita Dean solo show at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Sean Scully exhibition at the Kerlin Gallery, the RHA Annual Exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Gerhard Richter exhibition at the Glucksman Gallery in Cork and The Eternal Now: Warhol and the Factory at the Model Art and Niland Gallery in Sligo.
Pictured above on the evening were: 1. Fergus Martin, Jerome O'Drisceoil and Daniela Sabatini; 2. Freda Woolfe and Fredrick Souty; 3. Seamus Heaney; 4. Harry and Alison Crosbie; 5. Molly Mishkas .

Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards

The recent Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards in the Mansion House honoured women who have made significant contributions to society. Publisher Norah Casey and Brian Dobson were the dynamic duo who MC'd on the evening, while some of the guests included Irish Tatler editor Elaine Prendeville, Michael O'Doherty, stylist Sonja Mohlich and Alan Bruton, Debbie O'Donnell of TV3 and Sarah Keating of L'Oreal Luxury Products. The main accolade of Woman of the Year was won by Baroness May Blood, who has worked tirelessly for peace in Northern Ireland. Among the other winners were Nina Carbery (Sports), singer Luan Perle (Music), Deborah Veale (Fashion) and Mary Finan (Public Life) and Lorraine Keane (Entertainment).
Pictured above are: 1. Roz and Sarah Lipsett; 2. Liz O'Donnell and Susan Callery; 3. Colette Fitzpatrick and Neil McDermott; 4. Laura Bermingham; 5. Helen Fealy of Lancome with Woman of the Year Baroness May Blood and Trevor Tye (CEO Lancome) with Elaine Geraghty, Media Woman of the Year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

IDÔL Vodka Cocktail Party

Indulging in the IDÔL Vodka cocktails on the night were: 1. Rebecca Davies and Avila Lipsett; 2. Dillon McGrath and Triona McCarthy; 3. Andrew Rudd and Camilla Goulding; 4. Niall O'Dywer congratulates the winner Gareth Lambe; 5. Ben Bringer and Liz Giltinane.

Gareth Lambe is the new cocktail IDÔL

The party posse were out en masse to kick off the week in style at the IDÔL Vodka Cocktail Challenge which was hosted in Eddie Irvine’s Cocoon bar on an otherwise quiet Monday night. Representatives from 10 of Dublin’s top bars displayed their mixing talents to compete in the contest, which saw a very high standard of entries.

The judging panel (consisting of socialite and Life Magazine columnist Triona McCarthy, Alan Chambers of Comans Wholesale, chef Dillon McGrath of Mint restaurant and mixing expert Michael Foggarty of The Celtic Whiskey Store) had a difficult task in deciding a winner but in the end it was Gareth Lambe of Venu Brasserie who secured the top place. His innovative entry was made up of 3 parts - a shot with specially made IDÔL vanilla ice-cream, a main cocktail which included IDÔL, plum jam and oregano and the finale of a canapé which had an IDÔL infused whole grape.

Among the large crowd in Cocoon last night were actor Dave Coffey of Dan & Becs fame, who is looking forward to the much anticipated release of the popular series on DVD. Barbara McCarthy was with her pal Ben Bringer, she's on the crest of a wave with her new RTE show Highly Recommended, which also features Ben Dunne. David Chawke (son of publican Charlie) and Michael McNamara (son of Shelbourne Hotel owner Bernard) were impressed with the cocktails and enjoyed sampling the various entries.

Samantha McGarry and her friend Ruth Connolly flew in from Ghent for the party, which was also attended by Nadine Wai – O’Flynn, Emily O’Donnell and Andrew Rudd of Ireland AM. Richard Holder, of the fashion brand Tom Tailor, took time out of his hectic schedule to attend. He is busy working on the roll-out of 8 new Tom Tailor stores across the country over the next 3 months. Interior designer Judith Giltinane was there with her sister Liz, she’s just finished decorating the new Churchfields development in Ashbourne. Meanwhile Dr. Marco Lombardi, deputy head of the Italian Embassy, founder of Blacktie Niall O’Farrell, jewellery designer Rebecca Davies, PR gurus Sinead Ryan and Puffin Moynihan and entertainer Alan Amsby also enjoyed the evening.

Apart from the cocktails, the big hit of the party was Avila Lipsett, the MC, who had the guests roaring with laughter throughout the contest. Despite it being her first live performance gig she proved to be hugely popular with her witty banter which kept everyone entertained.

Second place in the contest went to Paul Lambert of Saba and third place to Zibi Kolodey of Krystle. The winner, Garth Lambe of Venu, will now be jetting off, with a friend, to New York where he will enjoy 4 nights in the trendy W Hotel.

Monday, November 26, 2007

eircom broadband frenzy

As part of Eircom Broadband Week, a celebrity head-to-head Xbox Pro Soccer Evolution ‘game off’ took part, which saw GAA All Star Alan Brogan triumph with 2 to 0 against International Rugby Star Malcolm O’Kelly. The event followed the kick off to Eircom Broadband Week, an online media briefing hosted by the beautiful UK presenter Jayne Middlemiss.
Among those at the X-Box Live Centre were: 1. Tara McClumisky and Jamie Heaslip; 2. Malcolm O'Kelly and Jenny Buckley; 3. Rachel Kavanagh and Virginia Macari; 4. Izabella Chudzka, Tara O'Leary, Jenny Buckley and Virginia Macari.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Cocktail Hour

Enjoying the Bombay Sapphire cocktail party at the launch of Design Week were: 1. Sandra Byrne and Nadine Wai - O'Flynn; 2. Karim Rashid and Leighton Wall; 3. Joanne Peat and Liz Dolan; 4. Richard Harris and Siobhan Bucanan - Johnston; 5. Claire Jennings and Shauna Cullen; 6. Kevin and Helen Behan.

Design Week 2007

The elite of Ireland’s design community turned out in their hoards to see the biggest design event of the year, the launch of Design Week 2007 in Association with Bombay Sapphire. Karim Rashid, internationally acclaimed designer and leading figure in the fields of product, interior, fashion art, furniture and lighting design, made his first exclusive visit to Ireland to launch this prestigious week long series of design focused events, exhibitions and showcases. What promised to be the biggest design coup of the year, the launch of Design Week 2007 did not disappoint!

Hosted by Bombay Sapphire in the impressive Banking Hall of the Westin Dublin Hotel, the night was a huge success with designers, celebrities and socialites alike! Those who attended to see the world renowned Karim Rashid included Triona McCarthy, Sandra Byrne, Nadine Wai-O’Flynn and Norman Pratt. Faces from the world of interiors and design, including Alexander Fitzgerald, Alanna Gallagher and Amanda Cochrane hung on to the every word of Karim Rashid while sipping the stylish Bombay Sapphire Appletinis and Bombay Sapphire Rose cocktails.

Also present for this exclusive talk by Karim Rashid were John Pearson of Edward Dillon and Company, Enda Mullin, General Manager of the Westin Dublin and Area Manager of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, socialites Avila Lipsett, Frances Winston and Andrew Rudd.

All those attending on the night were eager to meet with Karim Rashid, who is best known for designing for an impressive array of clients incuding Alessi, Geor Jensen, Umbra, Prada, Miyake and Method. After just publishing his new guide to living “Design Your Self”, Karim was delighted to help launch Design Week 2007 in Association with Bombay Sapphire.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

houseworks launch

Pictured at the launch of the new houseworks showromms are: 1. Brian O' Driscoll and Mark Shortt; 2. Ciara and David Ryan; 3. Suzanne Arbuthnott, Melissa Walsh and Sarah Shortt; 4. Suzanne Arbuthnott, Melissa Walsh and Sarah Shortt.
There was a great turn out for the interiors event of the year last night - the unveiling of the €1.5 million new houseworks ltd. showrooms in Erne Street. Irish Rugby Captain Brian O’Driscoll, Cullen Allen and Colum O’Sullivan Of Cully and Sully, Kathy Hoffman from City Channel, Arthur Duff of Duff Tisdal and Tom Kennedy of Alias Tom were among the high society guests who travelled from near and far to the landmark launch.

The ever-charming Mark and Rosie Shortt, husband and wife owners hosted a fabulous Wolf Blass Chardonnay Semillon reception and guests enjoyed a range of Sheridan's cheeses while admiring the fabulous interiors of the premium kitchen and furniture showroom. Siematic Moebelwerke Chief Executive Mr. Ulrich Siekmann, Dieter Muehlenweg also from Siematic as well as Rolf Benz Chief Executive Mr. Frieder Loehrer all jetted into Dublin for the celebrations at the 14,000 sq ft. showrooms.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Heeeee's here...

Sile Seoige pictured with Dustin and Santa Claus at Dundrum Town Centre.
It was bright lights and jingle bells as Santa Claus arrived at Dundrum Town Centre last week and performed the official turning on of the Christmas Lights, where over a million starlight bulbs were set to illuminate the centre and the smiling faces of all the children. Now, I know it's still November and trust me, I do think it's too early for ANYTHING remotely connected to Chirstmas to be seen or heard but, hey, it's for the kids. Yes, the lights on Grafton Street are pretty impressive and the windows at BT have thankfully reverted back to a more festive theme (remember last year's creation?) but if I were in charge (more's the pity I'm not) I would place an embargo on all Christmas marketing until, say, December 10th. That way we all wouldn't be so sick of it come the 23rd.

Anyhoo, on arrival at Dundrum, the merry man in red was accompanied by special guests Dustin the Turkey, Sile Seoige and Aidan Power from the hit TV show Class Act, along with some of the show’s finalists who performed during the evening. After turning on the lights, he (Santa that is, not Aidan Power) made his way to his spectacular Dundrum based Winter Workshop, which is located on The Mill Pond, in Town Square, where he met the crowd who were eagerly awaiting his arrival.

And they'll be even more eager by the time the 25th of December rocks around!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Club! Man...

At the spectacular Mini Clubman launch were: 1. Izabela Chudzicka and Jenny Buckley; 2. Mary O'Keeffe and Emer White; 3. Nicola Bissett; 4. DJ Arveene; 5. David Brittain, Avila Lipsett and Nick Thomas.

Mini Clubman launch party

Recently, under the unblinking eye of Nambulc, Ringmaster Extraordinaire… and in front of hundreds of eager fans, the new MINI Clubman was finally unveiled in the curious surroundings of The House of Oddities, located in the midst of Dublin’s rejuvenated city quays.

The arrival of the new MINI Clubman has been keenly anticipated since the concept was first shown in 2005. Also referred to as The Other MINI, it is a MINI for a new generation. It oozes the personality of its MINI cousin but with a deliciously individual twist. The swinging ‘60s had a hand in the Clubman development. The new car takes inspiration and styling cues from the Morris Mini Traveller, Austin Mini Countryman and the Mini Clubman Estate. The new MINI Clubman nevertheless stays true to the successful, modern MINI design language.

With a modus operandi of ‘Fun needs space…’ and ‘Predictable is boring…’ the event to mark the arrival of The Other MINI certainly espoused those traits. The House of Oddities turned the traditional car launch inside out, back to front and put it firmly back onto a whole new level.

In a warehouse transformed into a carnival of the unusual, MINI Clubman made its debut under the watchful eye of Nambluc, the Ringmaster and a cohort comprising the Animal Trainer, the Young Knife Thrower Apprentice, the Clairvoyant, the Human Cannonball & the Charlatan. Also in attendance were actor Dave Coffey, TV presenter Jenny Buckley, Benoit Bringer and Avila Lipsett, Sarah Heaney and BMW MD Sean Green, Wes Quirke and designer Graham Cruz.

This unconventional, old-style travelling circus fused with avant-garde theatre performance art known as The House of Oddities is the natural home of the MINI Clubman. Special guests, also making their Irish debut, included Lucifire - the internationally renowned purveyor of the finest quality burlesque pyrotica - bringing her feisty & fiery abilities to the evening’s proceedings and Cirq-U - the death-defying aerial duo - performing physical theatre to the delight of the 500 invited guests.

All these elements combined to ensure that the MINI Clubman’s arrival in Ireland was a night that no one will forget.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Mint - Taste Sensation

Pictured at the tasting evening in Mint were: 1. Larissa Nolan and Ben Bringer; 2. Triona McCarthy and Niall O'Farrell; 3. Andrew Rudd; 4. Laura Woods and Claire Clifford; 5. Chef Dylan McGrath with Nick Munier and his wife Denise; 6. Gillian and Frank Kelly.
Gourmands were out in their droves on Wednesday night, descending on Ranelagh for a special tasting evening in Mint restaurant. Hosted by chef patron Dylan McGrath, it showcased the great culinary talents on offer there. Always evolving, always changing, the award winning chef has quickly gained a reputation for cooking fresh and beautiful food that constantly pushes the boundaries.

Since last year, he has amassed a loyal following of foodies, and this evening was no different. Among the diners were Nick Munier of Hells’ Kitchen fame, he himself no stranger to top class food. Accompanied by his wife Denise, Nick is working towards another solo exhibition of his artwork.

RTE presenter Laura Woods was also there, as was Niall O’Farrell, Patrick Mangan of Clerys & Co. and John Gordon. Beauty expert Triona McCarthy was keeping hush about her latest project but hosted a cocktail party back at her plush new apartment on Grafton Street later that night. Adding to the atmosphere on the evening was the presence of a TV camera crew who will be following Dylan for the next number of months as part of a documentary to be screened next year.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Image: Golden Age gala party

Image Magazine and Universal Pictures recently hosted a special screening of Cate Blanchett's new movie Elizabeth: The Golden Age, followed by a party at the Hugh Lane Gallery at which original costumes from the movie were on display.

Pictured at the Moet & Chandon reception were: 1. Lisa Harrison and Mina DeVito; 2. Siobhan O'Dowd and Sam McGarry; 3. Angie Dromgoole; 4. Rose and Kevin Kelly with Image Editor Melanie Morris; 5. Avila Lipsett, Astrid Brennan and Emily O'Donnell.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Malibu Babes

A seriously easy going party was hosted by Malibu in 4 Dame Lane recently with limbo dancers and music from Frank Jez. Enjoying the tropical feel (and Malibu cocktails) were: 1. Sonia Harris and Louise McDermott; 2. Norman Pratt and Avril Collins; 3. Julian Benson and Rebecca Burrell; 4. Vanessa Byrne and Louise McDermott; 5. Una Healy and Eoin Macken.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

The Business

Pictured at "Look the Business" were: 1. Grainne and Joanne Dever with Roberta Howett; 2. Andrea O'Grady and Catherine Heaney; 3. Shelly Corkery and Stephen Sealy; 4. Silvia Sitar and Hannah Moore; 5. Marie McGrath, Jane Morgan and Claire Feeley.

Look the Business

The hottest fashion event of the year ‘Look the Business’ took place in Dublin’s Mansion House on Wednesday 24th October 2007. Hosted by The Gloss Magazine in partnership with Vodafone, and with standing room only, this sell-out catwalk show was attended by over 530 top female business leaders. Guests who were lucky enough to get a ticket were treated to an evening of fashion and inspiration with advice on how to turn high fashion trends into real life work chic.

For the first time ever in Ireland, top designers & retailers including Brown Thomas, Prada, Armani, Hermes, DKNY, Theory, Hugo Boss, Quin & Donnelly, Helen McAlinden, Avoca Anthology and Marks & Spencer came together to offer women, working-wardrobe solutions, acknowledging that working roles require different approaches.

Former Fashion Editor of American Vogue and Glamour Magazine and now trend expert for Theory, Silvia Sitar outlined some of the key catwalk trends and how these could be incorporated into a work wardrobe to give it that edge. She aaid “To optimise the little bit of time each of you has to get ready, you need to assemble a wardrobe that is classic at its core but versatile with its statement pieces; be it chiffon blouse, opaque tights, oversized tote, a leather glove or a waist cinching belt”.

As well as enjoying a Moet & Chandon champagne and IDOL vodka reception, guests left the show with a Gloss goodie bag, which included gifts from Marks & Spencer, Helen McAlinden and Smashbox Cosmetics and Vodafone presented each guest with a sleek black V226 mobile.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Peter O'Brien for a | wear

Renowned Irish designer Peter O'Brien recently launch a line for fashion powerhouse a wear. With classic designs, cuts and colours the range is sure to appeal to women of every age, shape and size. At an exclusive Moet & Chandon preview party hosted in the Treasury Building were: 1. Sarah McGovern and Aoife Cogan; 2. Shauna Murphy and Aoife Bushell; 3. Meghan Cullen, Lorna Brittain and Claire McNeill; 4. Lisa Brady and Carol Hayes.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Brendan!

Brendan Scully, who runs the B Scene agency with Sean Montague, celebrated his 30th birthday in style last week with a lavish party in the exclusive VIP suite in Krystle nightclub. The birthday boy dazzled his guests with a specially design shirt emblazoned with Swarovski crystals and danced the night away till the early hours. Among the guests in the Krystle suite were singer Gareth Gates, FMW Rosanna Davison with her boyfriend Wesley Quirke, Andrew Rudd and Carol Hunt, Etain Boyd, Julian Benson and Ronan McCormack.

Pictured above are: 1. Gavin Cleland and Derbhla Hogan; 2. Norman Pratt and Roisin Tierney - Crowe; 3. Sean Montague and Brendan Scully; 4. Kristin Hawthorn and Arianda Danilova; 5. Brendan Scully and Avril Mangan; 6. Karl Broderick and Alan Hughes.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Stardust Premiere

Stardust, the new super fantasy movie, was recently premiered in Ireland. Pictured at the star-studded event and after-party in Flordita were: 1. Rupert Everett; 2. Henry Cavill and Suzie Redmond; 3. Liam Cunningham and his daughter Ellen; 4. David Kelly; 5. Charlie Cox.

Monday, October 22, 2007

YO! Party

At the party for YO! Sushi were: 1. Meg O'Keeffe and Dave Coffey; 2. Lucy Kennedy and Nicola O'Byrne; 3. Barry Murphy; 4. Gordon D`Arcy and Jenny Hickie; 5. Gerry Ryan and Caroline Downey.

YO! Sushi

YO! Sushi arrived in style to Dundrum Town Centre last week. After only 2 months, It is already one of the most popular Yo! Sushi restaurants worldwide, so owners Graeme Beere and Denis Desmond decided to celebrate the success of their latest venture by inviting a few well known faces to dine at the signature conveyor belt.

Guests selecting dishes from the extensive Yo! Sushi menu included former Miss World Rosanna Davison and boyfriend Wesley Quirke, Caroline Downey and Marisa Mackle. Joe Elliott of Def Leopard, Derrick Carberry and Dave Coffey proved their dexterity with chop sticks, while RTE presenter and recently engaged Lucy Kennedy sampled an array of sushi with friends. Irish international rugby star Gordon D'Arcy was also there with girlfriend Jenny Hickey.Guests were treated to champagne, wine and saki.

The mesmerising andcolourful conveyor belt offered a choice of over 100 different dishes, withregular batches of hot dishes and desserts – something for everyone. YO! Sushi at Dundrum Town Centre is open from 11am til late, 7 days a week.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Ab Fab!

At the opening of the new Bridgewater centre in Arklow were: 1. Sarah Morrissey and Rosanna Davison; 2. guest of honour Joanna Lumley; 3. RTE's Mary Kennedy and Joanna Lumley; 4. Glenda Gilson.


World renowned style icon, and star of the stage and screen, Joanna Lumley hosted an exclusive luncheon to mark the official opening of the Bridgewater Shopping Centre in Arklow this week. This truly “ab fab” affair took place in the beautiful surroundings of the centre’s Riverside Gallery which overlooks the picturesque Avoca river.

The ever glamorous Rosanna Davison appeared refreshed and sun kissed following her recent break in Marbella and, in anticipation of her move to London, got tips on the city scene from Joanna. Also enjoying the new centre were RTE’s Mary Kennedy, Louise Osbourne, Andrew Rudd and DJ Avila Lipsett, who were all impressed with the range of fashion and lifestyle stores on site.

A carnival of fun and family celebrations is guaranteed at the Bridgewater centre over the opening weekend with a plethora of entertaining events for all ages.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Beer, oh beer...

At the Porterhouse in Temple Bar for the launch of the annual Oktoberfest were: 1. Helen McCormack, Stephen Daly and Ciara Riordan; 2. Sean Montague and Ann Marie Dunne; 3. Malachy Geelan and Alan Amsby; 4. David McSavage.

Oktoberfest '07

The Porterhouse Brewing Company, Ireland's largest genuine Irish brewery, launched its annual Oktoberfest which will take place in all five Porterhouses throughout the UK & Ireland. Oktoberfest kicks off on Thursday, 18th and runs to Sunday 28th October 2007. Draught and bottled beers from all regions of Germany have been specially imported for the occasion and to complement these unique beers, German themed food will also be available in all Porterhouse bars as daily specials. The Porterhouse locations are in Temple Bar, Nassau Street, Glasnevin, Bray and Covent Garden, London.

Entertainment on the evening was provided by comic and popular street performer David McSavage, who, as always, brought the audience to the edge. Playing guitar and singing satirical ditties, his onstage rants and acts come from an active comic imagination and plenty of Porterhouse beer! Among those at the event were Dave Morrissey and Oliver Hughes, Sinead Ryan, Fergal Breen, Clare Dillon, Diane Henderson and Declan Rooney.

Throughout the festival staff in lederhosen costumes will distribute samples of beer to customers allowing them to taste the delights of the Porterhouse brewing techniques. Events taking place during Oktoberfest include, stein holding, stein racing, frankfurter tossing, yodeling and strudel eating competitions.

Go forth and drink (responsibly).

Friday, October 12, 2007

Dancing Queens

Tearing up the dance floor at Frock 'n Roll were: 1. Brendan Courtney and Caroline Morahan; 2. Lisa Cannon and Brian Dowling; 3. Louise Osbourne.

Frock 'n Roll

Hundreds of party people turned out last weekend for one of the biggest entertainment showcases of the year, namely the Frock ‘n Roll charity event in Dublin’s Mansion House. Supported by Dundrum Town Centre and in aid of the Children’s Cancer Fund at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, the bash succeeded in raising over €100,000.

Gracing the red carpet were Caroline Morahan, who looked stunning as ever, Hell’s Kitchen contest Brian Dowling, TV3’s Lisa Cannon, designer Joanne Hynes and charity queen Caroline Downey. The MCs for the evening were dynamic duo Brendan Courtney and Louise Redknapp who put their fashion knowledge to good use with a sassy presentation. After a 5-course meal, and plenty of Moet & Chandon, guests were treated to a fast-paced fashion show which presented the key looks for Autumn / Winter, supported by House of Fraser, followed by entertainment from the inimitable Miss Panti.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Ladies Who Lunch

Enjoying the BT Cork fashion lunch were: 1. BT boss Caroline Counihan and her sister Sandra Walsh; 2. Megan and Clodagh Mulcahy; 3. Una Scally and Deirdre Clune TD; Claire Riordan, Orla O'Keeffe and Denise Lordan.

Brown Thomas Cork

Hayfield Manor, one my favorite hotels in the country, played host to a spectacular fashion event yesterday as Brown Thomas previewed it’s A/W collection. The stylish denizens of Cork were out en force for the luncheon in Perrott’s Restaurant, which kicked off with champagne and “Fallen Leaves”, a special cocktail to coincide with the season.

Among the guests were Margaret McCarthy, who was accompanied by her sister Grainne Stevenson and daughter Triona, Cllr. Deirdre Clune, artist and designer Johanna Connor, Emmy Jeffery and Jeanette Corkery, whose sister Shelly is Head of Fashion Direction at Brown Thomas.

Having just undergone a €4m investment, Brown Thomas Cork has never been looking better and GM Caroline Counihan said she was delighted to welcome so many loyal customers to the preview of their of top international and Irish designers.

Monday, October 08, 2007

John Caffrey Art Benefit

Renowned Irish artist, John Caffrey showed a collection of his beautiful work for an exclusive Art Benefit in The Merrion Hotel on Thursday evening. In aid of the Beaumont Hospital Foundation, the show was opened by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern TD, who literally brought traffic to a halt as he strolled across the street from Government Buildings to attend the reception.

Guests on the night included actor Liam Cunningham, Sinead Deegan and Lorna Clancy of The Toxic Twins fame and chef Dylan McGrath. Jean-Luc Laydevant and his wife Danielle Hayes were the centre of excited conversation as they are expecting their second baby any day now.

At Caffery’s last show he raised over €40,000 for the Mater Hospital and I’m pleased to report that he exceeded that sum this time round.

Into the Light

Enjoying John Caffrey's Art Benefit, "Into the Light", at the Merrion Hotel were: 1. The artist himself John Caffrey and actor Liam Cunningham; 2. Lorna Caffrey and Sinead Deegan; 3. GAA star Gerry Quinn, Malachy Geelan and Wayne Cronin; 4. Joanne Caffrey.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Harvey Nichols A/W

Pictured at the Harvey Nichols A/W show were: 1. Marie Delaney; 2. Dee Breen, Sarah Heaney and Clodagh Flanagan; 3. Karla Ni Mhuadaigh and Jane Doyle; 4. Avila Lipsett and Emmett O'Brien.
Harvey Nichols, the mecca for fashion lovers, hosted a spectacular Autumn / Winter show on Wednesday evening much to the delight and amazement of all in attendance. Guests were greeted by an extravagant in-store tropical jungle with exotic plants, a waterfall and real live birds. Models posed amongst the trees and foliage and even swung from trapeze, adding to the overall dramatic effect.

Enjoying the champagne and cocktails were Astrid Brennan and James Flanagan, Ben Bringer and Nadine Wai – O’Flynn, Taragh Loughrey – Grant of Channel 6, racing driver Emmet O’Brien and broadcaster Barbara McCarthy, who is busy with preparations for a new show on RTE with Joe Duffy. Sian John of L’Oreal caught up with Corinna Field, both laden down with HN bags, like may of the guests.

Celebrating it’s 2nd anniversary in Dundrum Town Centre this week, Harvey Nichols have firmly established itself at the forefront of cutting edge fashion, stocking top names such as John Galliano, Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson. Dee Breen, head of PR and Marketing, expressed her delight at the success of the evening and reflected on a magnificent couple of years in business. Hear hear!

Monday, October 01, 2007

Happy Birthday Jack!

Enjoying the hospitality of Jack Daniels were: 1. Shane Burns and Kim Lowry; 2. Gemma Moore, Maeve Larkin and Hannah O'Leary; 3. Melissa Nortje and Anneke Mulder; 4. Helena Murphy and Cormac Battle; 5. Emma Barns winner of the Harley Davidson motorbike.

The month-long celebrations for Jack Daniel’s 157th birthday came to a climax with a rock ‘n’ roll style birthday party presided over by top 2FM DJ Cormac Battle. In fine rock and roll tradition, one lucky Jack Daniel’s fan was presented with the keys to a fantastic Harley Davidson motorbike, following promotions taking place this September in 60 venues nationwide.

Jack’s Birthday is celebrated throughout the entire month of September. Why? A town fire destroyed the courthouse records, including the birth certificate of one Mr Jack Daniel. Conflicting dates on Jack’s and his mother’s headstones have left his date of birth in question so he gets a whole month of birthday celebrations. But for a man as unique as Jack Daniel, one day just wouldn’t seem proper anyway!

Guests at the party were entertained by Ireland’s hottest act, DIRECTOR. Hailing from Dublin’s Northside, the meticulously crafted pop of this fantastic foursome is set to thrill the select audience of competition winners and invited guests. Snowball and Till the Morning Comes, selected from Jack Daniel’s nationwide JD SET series of gigs supported DIRECTOR, having been named Jack Daniel’s Hardest Working Bands. Now in its 5th year, the JD Set is all about encouraging, promoting and mentoring dedicated and ambitious hard working Irish bands and giving them a platform to perform around the country.

Commenting on the JD Birthday Celebrations, Noel John McLoughlin of Jack Daniel’s Ireland:
“Jack’s birthday is now a permanent fixture on Ireland’s rock ’n’ roll calendar. Jack Daniel’s has a hugely loyal fan base with a keen interest in live music – invitations to our annual Birthday Party are like gold dust. The party just gets bigger and better every year. The combination of great music, great drinks and a great Harley Davidson give-away makes for an electric atmosphere.”

Friday, September 28, 2007

Your M&S

Marks & Spencer last night hosted their Autumn / Winter collection to a large number of guests in City Hall. Among the highlights was the GD25 range which was created by legendary fashion designer George Davies to celebrate his 25 years in the business. Responsible for revolutionising high street fashion, his capsule collection is beautiful, affordable and limited - it's only on sale for the next 25 days!

Enjoying the pre-show party were: 1. Nadine Wai - O'Flynn; 2. Sarah McGovern, Karen Fitzpatrick, TV3's Colette Fitzpatrick and Ruth Griffin; 3. Actress Rachel Kavanagh; 4. Jenny MulHolland and George Davies; 5. Jane McDonnell of The Gloss and couturier Peter O'Brien.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

L'Oreal celebrate new MD

L'Oreal hosted a champagne reception in the library of Dylan Hotel last week to celebrate the appointment of Trevor Tye as head of the L'Oreal Luxury Proucts division in Ireland. Many well-known faces, greeted by Helen Feely and Sian John of L'Oreal, turned out to wish the new boss every success in his new role including Image magazine editor Melanie Morris, Triona McCarthy, Richard Kavanagh and Leanne De Cerbo of Social & Personal and stylist Cathy O'Connor.
Pictured at the party: 1. Jean Pierre Charriton and Trevor Tye raise a glass; 2. Ramona and Canice Nicholas; 3. Claire Byrne; 4. Carol Wallace and Cliodhna Crowley; 5. Wayne Cronin and Joanne Hegarty.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Italian Job

At the Benetton show were: 1. H.E. Thomas C. Foley and Michelle Megan; 2. The collection; 3. Daniella Capone and Lucy Pilgrim; 4. Scenes from the show; 5. On guard at the Italian Embassy.

Benetton AW 07

United Colors of Benetton presented the Autumn/Winter 2007-08 collections at Lucan House, the official Italian Ambassador’s residency, last week, thanks to the kind invitation of H.E. Dr. Lucio Alberto Savoia, the Italian Ambassador to Ireland.

On show were items from the very special 40th Anniversary collection, which was the protagonist of the celebrations that Benetton held in Paris to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the brand. This collection takes its inspiration from the typical Benetton elements of colour and wool, used in an ever-new and creative way to convey the brand’s spirit as a point of convergence of cultures, races and nationalities.

The Benetton company is present in Ireland with more than 50 stores and new openings are planned. Among the guests welcomed by Nicola & Daniela Capone of Benetton Ireland were US ambassador H.E. Thomas C. Foley, writer Marisa Mackle,'s Arsheen, top model Alli MacDonnell of Compton Models (John Compton co-ordinated the show) shared the catwalk with her son Alex, RTE's Orchestra leader Frank McNamara attended with wife Teresa Lowe, Lucy Pilgrim and Denise Kennedy and event organiser Puffin Moynihan. With catering from La Banca restaurant in Lucan, the event oozed Italian style, typical of Benetton.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hotel & Catering Awards

Hotel & Catering Review, Ireland’s leading magazine for the hospitality industry, announced the winners of their hotly contested annual Gold Medal Awards at a gala dinner in The Shelbourne Hotel this week. The Gold Medal Awards recognise and reward excellence within the Irish hotel and catering industry. At the awards were: 1. Siobhan Barret & Terri Fagan; 2. Sue & Frank Grennan; 3. Kieran Moore & Micheline Corr; 4. Top chef Dylan McGrath of Mint restaurant picks up a Gold Medal Award from Michael Barry of Remy Martin.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Ladies Who Lunch

At the recent Brown Thomas ISPCC fashion show in The Shelbourne Hotel were: 1. Valerie & Patricia Roe; 2. Clodagh Hopkins & Penny Dix; 3. Alison Doody & Aisling Purcell; 4. Tara Logan & Valerie Craughwell.

Monday, September 17, 2007


Even more fashion was celebrated last week (despite Dublin Fashion Week having ended the previous). On Thursday Louise Kennedy showcased her A/W 2007 collection at her beautiful home and atelier on Dublin’s Merrion Square. Invited guests, such as Lisa Fitzpatrick, Eimear Mulhearn and Jackie Bolger, were treated to a salon style fashion show, while enjoying champagne from Louise’s new Tipperary Crystal Aurora line.

Inspiration for this seasons collection was taken from early 20th century Russian nobility, who fled the Russian revolution and went on to influence the world of fashion. Opulent colours, sumptuous fabrics and subtle detailing made it one of Kennedy's most exciting yet.

Meanwhile, the ladies who lunch took pleasure in viewing the Brown Thomas A/W collections at the annual ISPCC lunch, which was hosted by Pamela Flood in The Shelbourne Hotel. A Jacobs Creek Sparkling Rosé reception greeted the 350 patrons, who marveled at an Hermès ensemble (flown in especially for the event) which opened the show. Other labels showcased included Burberry Prorsum, Giambattista Valli and Gucci.

Enjoying the luncheon were Shelly Corkery and Stephen Sealey of Brown Thomas, ISPCC Committee members Valerie Craughwell and Penny Dix, Alison Doody, designer Helen Cody and Aishling Kelly, who, with her husband Cpt. Tom Fox, hosted the christening of their first born, Daniel, the following day in Newbridge, Co. Kildare.


At the Louise Kennedy fashion show at 56 Merrion Square were: 1. Louise Kennedy and Lisa Fitzpatrick; 2. Louise Doheny and Laura Doheny; 3. Annette Rocca and Valerie Craughwell.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

House of Fraser A/W 07

Enjoying the House of Fraser show at the British Ambassadors residence were: 1. Caroline Pernham, Jane O'Brien and Ciara Mullaney; 2. Jean Ann Taylor and H.E. Ambassador David Reddaway; 3. Glenda Gilson and Baiba Gaile; 4. Colette Fitzpatrick and Lorraine Keane; 5. Sarah Davey and Laura Bradley.

House of Fraser

The British Ambassadors Residence in Sandyford proved to be the ideal setting for the launch of House of Fraser’s Autumn/Winter collections ’07 on Wednesday evening. The new look for House of Fraser’s exclusive own brand “Linea” was showcased on the evening with exclusive jewellery, footwear and handbag ranges joining the fashion ensembles.

The Ambassador, H.E. David Reddaway, welcomed guests, including Rosanna Davison, Lorraine Keane, Jane McDonnell of The Gloss and designer Helen McAlinden, to his beautiful home and even gave guided tours. A Moet & Chandon champagne reception set the tone of the evening as the fashionistas swapped summer holiday stories. House of Fraser representatives Matt Chambers Caroline Perham flew over especially for the event and were thrilled with show, commenting that an event like it would be hard to rival in the UK.

Monday, September 10, 2007


In the VIP Bacardi B-Live area at Electric Picnic were: 1. Ruth O'Hare, Tara Duff and Loraine McCrawley; 2. Evan Saier and Marcina Manraj; 4. Chantelle Megan and Maria Lynch; 5. Sandra Ryan and Louise Looney; 6. Lisa Bergkvist, Johan Alennius and Monica Wolff.

Electric Picnic

Probably a highlight of the entire Irish summer was last weekends Electric Picnic, which saw over 32,000 revellers descend on the Crosby family’s Stradbally Hall estate in Co. Offaly. With the VIP area resembling a typical weekend night in Renards, there was no shortage of well-known faces among the crowds.

Event organiser John Reynolds made sporadic appearances, taking time out of his busy schedule to ensure that his guests were enjoying the festivities. Among those I spotted were Jonathan Rhys Myers, singer Paul Brady and broadcasters Dave Fanning and Ryan Tubridy.

As always Naoise Nunn’s Leviathan marquee, with its lively mix of debate and discussion, was a popular haunt. David McWilliams, Minister Eamon Ryan TD and writer Irvine Welsh were some of those in attendance, while publisher John Ryan paid a special visit from New York.

Meanwhile enjoying the cocktails over at the Bacardi B-Live VIP area were TV3’s Collette Fitzpatrick and her boyfriend Neil McDermot, Niall McCrudden, artist Darryn Lee and publisher Trevor White. The big after parties, however, continued at the luxurious Heritage Hotel in nearby Killenard where many of the performers were based.

Regularly topping the polls as the best music festival in Ireland (and Europe) Electric Picnic continues to go from strength to strength, just ask any of the 34,000 revellers.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Knuttel MINI

At the party to unveil the Knuttel MINI were: 1. Graham Knuttel with his MINI; 2. Mo Kelly; 3. Anusia Grennell and Rasher; 4. Emily O'Donnell and Marissa Mackle; 5. Jenny Huston and Ingrid Goodwin.

Knuttel MINI

Associated with everything young, hip and trendy, MINI cars once again pushed the ‘cool’ factor to the extreme at a party this week. They recently commissioned artist Graham Knuttell to paint a MINI and unveiled the finished piece at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar on Tuesday evening.

Encapsulating the true spirit of MINI, the one-off car is a vibrant expression of Knuttell’s work, with vivid colours and his trademark faces adorning the body. A long time fan of the car (he’s owned several throughout the years) he wanted to portray the sense of adventure that begins with owning one. And he’s in good company too - other creatives who have customised MINI cars include Donatella Versace, Mario Testino and Missoni.

Among the guests admiring the art on wheels were TV presenter Sile Seoige, Ben Bringer and Emily O’Donnell, Marisa Mackle, top chef Dylan McGrath of Mint Restaurant and Dee Breen of Harvey Nichols. Maria Fusco, who recently closed her popular Ave Maria fashion boutique, was also there and informed me of her plans to open a new wine bar.

The Graham Knuttel MINI will visit dealerships throughout the country over the coming months and, according to brand manager Nicola Bissett, will then be auctioned for charity.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

CROSS Cancer Action Rugby Ball

Pictured at the CROSS Cancer Action Rugby Ball in the Four Seasons recently were: 1. Jeannie Regan; 2. Aine Dempsey & Maddi Jefferies; 3. Kate Gleeson & David Clarkin; 4. Alison & Greggor Brown; 5. Professor & Mrs John Reynolds.

CROSS Rugby Ball

The inaugural CROSS Cancer Action Rugby Ball took place recently in the Four Seasons Hotel in Dublin. Raising funds for CROSS (Cancer Research of the Oesophagus and Stomach), a charity led by Professor John Reynolds of Trinity College and St James Hospital, the Rugby Ball saw over 380 people out en force to support the rugby themed event.

On arrival, guests enjoyed Mickey Finns Appletinis before making their way into the rugby themed room. Elvery Sports created suitably themed centre pieces with the green, gold and white of Ireland in a mix of rugby balls while Risteard Cooper from Apres Match entertained the crowd with his litany of impressions.

After enjoying a menu of treats specially designed by the team at the Four Seasons, David Agar took to the stage to oversee the auction. In keeping with the theme, the lots under the gavel proved popular as many were ‘must-have’ items for any rugby fanatic. From private training with Irish coach Eddie O’Sullivan to signed and framed Irish and Munster jerseys, all inclusive trips to the Ireland v France game at the 2007 Rugby World Cup to a St Michael’s SCT winners jersey, as well as a host of other items, the auction was a fiercely fought out by the many rugby fans at the event and raised over €150,000 for the worthwhile charity.

After the auction, guests hit the dance floor led by The VIPs and the partying went on until the wee hours. Among the guests attending included designer Helen Cody, Paul Shearan, RHA Artist Laura Cronin, ex Irish rugby player Paul Wallace, Conor and Marie Headon, Ronan and Michelle Murphy, Sonny and Sheila Knowles, Barry Connolly from Richmond Marketing, Mark Wilson from Babco, Michael O’Boyle from Absolute Rugby, Kate Gleeson from Diffusion Boutique and Nikki Creedon from Havana Boutique.

Monday, September 03, 2007


The Childrens Leukemia Research Project hosted a gala fundraiser in the Four Seasons Hotel last weekend. Among the glamourous guests were: 1. Yvonne & Ronan Keating; 2. Glenda Gilson; 3. Sinead Ni Curnain & Kathryn McKiernan; 4. Itan Besry & Katy French; 5. The Edge.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Green Synergy

Heineken Green Synergy returns to the capital this October (Wednesday 10th – Sunday 14th) with an exciting mix of established and emerging international artists performing in Dublin's finest venues over five days. Following its highly successful launch in 2006, Heineken Green Synergy promises a cracking line-up to match and surpass its debut bringing big guns such as Alabama 3, Asian Dub Foundation, Broken Social Scene presents and Turin Brakes to the Village Quarter. At the launch party in Solas this week were: 1. Larry Love and Devlin Love of Alabama 3; 2. Devlin Love strikes a pose; 3. Johney Boyle and Mo Kelly; 4. Olivia Corbett, Crick from Star Little Thing and Amanda Farrell.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

a|wear A/W collection show

Irish fashion power house awear recently hosted their A/W collection show to much fanfare. As always, the venue was out of the ordinary with a new office block on Mespil Road being comandeered for the evening. Pictured were: 1. Samina Zia and Sarah Morrissey; 2. Emily O'Donnelly and Wendy Duggan; 3. Laura Woods; 4. Sarah Morrissey and Ian Kenny.

Monday, August 27, 2007


Also at the awear fashion show were: 1. Seana Long and Yvonne Goucher; 2. Ciara Stringer and Derrick Carberry; 3. Phoebe and Emma Laing; 4. Lia Tallon.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Pintxo Opens

Bar Pintxo wine and tapas bar officially opened its doors this week in true Spanish style with a fun bull run, fire eaters and Spanish music. Bar Pintxo is the sister restaurant of The Port House on South William Street which has been enjoying a very successful year since its inception in July 2006. Located at 12 Eustace Street Pintxo is a beautiful candle-lit, bodega style tapas bar is spread over the ground floor and basement of the building with a seating capacity for eighty people.

At the opening party were: 1. Models Sarah, Lisa, Emily and Nicoletta; 2. Richard Kavanagh and James Brown; 3. Sean Montague and Norman Pratt; 4. Alex Carey and Jenny Lyons.

Thursday, August 23, 2007


Pictured at the opening party for the new Pintxo tapas bar in Temple Bar were: 1. Models Emily Rose and Daniel Lengycl; 2. Hedda Dick and John Maher; 3. Alex Carey and Alan Amsby; 4. Laurie Cearr and Myles McWeeney.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Diet Coke Design Can

Diet Coke recently hosted a lunch in the Dylan hotel to launch their limited edition range of design cans. Irish designers Eileen Shields, Brian McGinn, Joanne Hynes, Kate Fine, Lisa O'Riordan and Vivien Walsh each unveiled their interpretation of the design cans and showcased their unique creations inspired by this year's Diet Coke Design Can Collection. Pictured at the event are: 1. Pamela Flood & Caroline Morahan; 2. Sharon Walsh & Alex Phelan; 3. Xpose Girls Lisa Cannon, Karen Koster and Sybil Mulcahy.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Inchydoney Island Ladies Polo

The Inchydoney Island Ladies Polo Tournament and Lunch in aid of The Bubble Gum Club, took place on August 17th, 18th with the finals and Ladies Day on the 19th in the breathtakingly beautiful setting of Polo Wicklow’s Ballyhenry Polo Club in Ashford, Co. Wicklow. Ladies Day and the Final matches commenced with a Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Rose Reception to the sounds of The Dublin Hot Club Jazz Band. After the 300 guests enjoyed a sumptuous summer lunch carefully prepared by Masterchefs Hospitality, celebrated Irish designer, Deborah Veale previewed her new Autumn Winter 07 Collection.

Pictured on the day were: 1. Peter Harris & Sinead Desmond; 2. Miriam Ahern & Belinda Walsh; 3. Deborah Veale & Corina Grant; 4. Wendy Herbst with Des & Ann O'Dowd.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Dublin Theatre Festival

The Dublin Theatre Festival, this year sponsored by Ulster Bank, was launched recently at a garden party in Merrion Square where guests were treated to music, food, wine and performances. Details of the festival were announced and, running from 27th September – 14th October 2007, it is set to be bigger than ever. Pictured at the party were: Cormac McCarthy of Ulster Bank, Pauline McGlynn and Peter Crowley; Roddy Doyle and Sean McGinley; 3. Slaine Kelly, Norman Pratt and Rachel Kavanagh; 4. Sean McGinley and Marie Mullan.

Friday, August 10, 2007

GLAM @ Cocoon

Cocoon, Eddie Irvine's trendy bar, last night hosted the launch party for the new Thursday social, GLAM @ Cocoon. Enjoying Absolut cocktails and sounds from Avila Lipsett, the glamorous girls (and boys) were out en force and included: 1. Michelle McManus & Niamh Swail; 2. Ruth O'Neil; 3. Eddie Irvine & Alan Amsby; 4. Sara Kavanagh and Michelle McManus; 5. Sinead O'Caroll; 6. Sonya & Virginia Macari.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

IMMA Summer Party

The Irish Museum of Modern Art recently hosted their annual Summer Garden Party for over 500 patrons of the arts. Pictured enjoying the event are: 1. Aisling Dunne & Jessica Kelly ; 2. Angel Belleram & Erin Thomas; 3. Nuala Hayes, Dr Michael Casey & Mieke Vanmechelen; 4. Carol Eakins & Fiona Cashell; 5. Gavin Murphy & Rayne Booth.