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.”