Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Michael Foley, European Marketing Director for Curves, presented the winner, Jean Kinsella, from Bray, Co Wicklow with a ten years’ free membership to Curves. Jean was one of six worthy finalists selected from across the country, who have lost a cumulative 19 stone since joining Curves. All finalists were given the VIP treatment with an overnight stay in Dublin and professional hair and make-up styling before attending the gala event at the Dylan hotel.
36 year old Jean shrunk from a size 22 to a size 10 since joining Curves in May 2006. She decided to join Curves after years of unhappiness over her appearance and concerns about her health. Speaking about her Curves journey, Jean said, ‘I try to engage myself in some form of physical activity at least five times a week, as well as my regular Curves workout. I have replaced coffee with water and try to always go for the healthy option. The results have been amazing! I have lots more confidence, feel younger, have much more energy and generally feel great. I can now wear nice clothes and can do more things with my kids. I have also met some brilliant people through Curves.’
Curves was delighted with the overwhelming response and enthusiasm for the first year of this competition. Curves is the largest gym franchise in the world with over 4 million members worldwide and is also the largest gym franchise in Ireland. The judging panel charged with the task of selecting the winner and runners-up included model, Gail Kaneswaran and beauty columnist, Triona McCarthy. The winners were selected based not only on inches lost but also the overall positive changes in their lives since becoming members of Curves.
Friday, January 25, 2008
Models Baiba Gaile and former Miss Irelands Aoife Cogan and Sarah Morrissey showed off the latest Lipsy style and looked stunning with the help of make-up artist Danielle Murphy. Guests enjoyed Asian fusion canapés and washed them down with chilled custom blended Smirnoff vodka ‘Hot Lips’ cocktails, which were especially designed for the party using a blend of Smirnoff Vodka, Cranberry and fruits juices.
The theme of the night was pink and black, in keeping with Lipsy’s colour scheme, so the room was festooned with giant black vases piled high with stunning balls made of pink roses by Eamon Grant of Flowers Made Easy. Later guests were treated to pink iced cup cakes and jelly lip sweets to finish off the evening.
Among those I spotted were models Lizanna Kirwin, Corina Grant (who has just given birth to her first child), Sarah McGovern, Brian Fallon, Pippa O’Connor and Nigel Linden to name but a few. Stylist Lisa Fitzpatrick looked great as always, as did Miss Ireland Blathnaid McKenna.
Acclaimed photographer Kip Carroll was there and telling me of how pleased he was with the success of his last exhibition. More of those please Kip. Others included artist Jim Fitzpatrick, Afternoon Show presenter Dearbhla Lennon, Emma Ledden, Cindy Caffola, Trish and Julien Fallon, Mary-Kate Ryan and Body Tonic DJ John Mahon.
With everyone, yes everyone, getting to pick out something of their choice it was a most enjoyable affair. Much more than lip service from Lipsy.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Other stylish guests included movie director Neil Jordan, fashion designer Peter O’ Brien, former Miss World Rosanna Davison, TV3’s Collette Fitzpatrick, actress Leigh Arnold, Ozzy Osbourne’s daughter in law Louise Osbourne, publisher Michael O’Doherty and socialites Avila Lipsett and Susan Pratt.
On arrival guests mingled while sipping champagne and enjoying the delights of a delectable menu created by the Executive Chef at the luxurious Four Season Hotel. A number of specially commissioned movies detailing the development were exclusively unveiled on the night. The soundtrack to each movie is an original piece composed by Chance Thomas and is called InSpire. Chance Thomas has composed and produced original music for smash hit movies such as Lord of the Rings, X-Men and King Kong. The live entertainment on the evening had a strong Chicago theme combining swing, jazz and blues performed by critically acclaimed Irish violinist Zoe Conway and International jazz/blues star Joolz Gianna.
The Chicago Spire, a 2,000 foot elegantly twisting tower with 150 floors containing 1,200 unique and modern residences with the finest amenities available anywhere in the world. It will be the tallest building in the USA or Europe and the tallest exclusively residential building in the world.
When complete in 2011, The Chicago Spire will be home to 1,194 individual residences and a range of amenities that will rival any in the world. No two residences are alike at The Chicago Spire, with each suite, gallery, one-four bedroom home and penthouse offering a unique floor plan and outstanding city and lakefront views. The three-floor 52,000-square foot amenity space will include temperature-controlled wine lockers and humidors, private retail facilities, children's playroom, business centre and library, among many others.
Friday, January 18, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
The new Radisson SAS hotel off Georges Street is the newest kid on the block and the people at Shiseido had commandeered the beautiful penthouse Sky Suite. Seven floors up and with amazing views of the city it really is the place to be lately. Indeed I spotted a few well-known faces while dining in the restaurant later that evening.
Among the guests were Chloe Arnold, Triona McCarthy, Julian Benson (dazzling in Cavali), Leanne de Cerbo, Avila Lipsett and Emily O’Donnell, actress Tara Leniston, Maura Derrane and her sister Roisin, all of whom left with an arm full of Shiseido goodies. Perfect for the detox month that is January.
Monday, January 14, 2008
RTE’s Colm Murray was the Compere for the evening and introduced speakers including Eithne Fitzpatrick, proprietress of the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel, who welcomed guests to the 19th annual pre-race gala dinner. Post dinner tips were provided by top trainers, Noel Meade and Arthur Moore and one of Ireland’s leading jockeys, Davy Russell.
As usual this year’s dinner guests came from the world of racing, politics and business including; Minster for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin, Commissioner Charlie McCreevy and his wife Noleen, retired Leopardstown Racecourse Manager Tom Burke, horse trainer, Jessica Harrington, jockey, Charlie Swan and Brian Kavanagh of Horse Racing Ireland.
Dinner guests reassembled in the Fitzpatrick Suite on Sunday at the Leopardstown racecourse where the Fitzpatrick family sponsored the third race of the day, the €60,000 Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Novice Steeplechase, which saw Ruby Walsh came home with his third win of the day on Glencove Marina.
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
This five day festival is Dublin’s premier celebration of traditional Irish music and culture and will include live concerts, pub sessions, children’s events, a festival club, street performances and workshops; all in the heart of Dublin city. The festival will see many of Ireland’s top traditional musicians and singers performing in Dublin’s Cultural Quarter. During the five days and five nights of the Trad Festival, many of the bars and pubs in Temple Bar will come alive with regular trad and folk music sessions.
Over 200 musicians from around the country will play in these sessions over the weekend and admission to these is FREE. Highlights of the programme include concerts from acclaimed bands At First Light, Gráda, Clan Ranald and the recently formed Mozaik, featuring Dónal Lunny and Andy Irvine, as well as performances by some outstanding traditional singers from the Irish and Scots Gaelic tradition; Róisín Elsafty, Susan McKeown, Sinéad Cahir and Julie Fowlis. Not to be forgotten are some of Ireland’s most accomplished instrumentalists; Tommy and Siobhán Peoples, Jackie Daly, Niamh Ní Charra, John Wynne & John McEvoy and Breda & Claire Keville.Performing in Temple Bar’s premier venues; Project Arts Centre, The Button Factory and the Olympia Theatre, the festival opens on Wednesday 23 January in Project with a concert featuring Breda & Claire Keville and At First Light.
The festival continues until Sunday 27 January with a gala concert in the Olympia Theatre. The impressive line-up for this concert features Róisín Elsafty, Tommy and Siobhán Peoples, Jackie Daly and Mozaik, and the concert will be filmed for broadcast on TG4. This year’s Temple Bar Trad has grown to include outdoor and street events and workshops, while the family programme at The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children is augmented to include a Children’s Concert, Storytelling with acclaimed performer Nuala Hayes as well as come & try workshops for all budding musicians with an ear for a jig or a hornpipe. Featuring the cream of Irish musical talent, with concerts, pub sessions, family events, free street entertainment and a festival club in Project Arts Centre, this dynamic festival is sure to warm the hearths and hearts of Temple Bar this January.
The festival is organised as a non-profit venture by Temple Bar traders group, TASCQ [Traders in the Area Supporting the Cultural Quarter] and is support funded by Diageo under the Bushmills brand, Dublin Tourism and Dublin City Council. Other sponsors and supporters include Temple Bar Cultural Trust, The Clarence Hotel, Blooms Hotel, The Ark, A Cultural Centre for Children, Irish Music Magazine, The Purty Kitchen, The Morgan Hotel and Waltons New School of Music.
Friday, January 04, 2008
The must see panto this season is definitely Snow White in
Adele King (aka Twink) also took time out to catch the show this week with her daughters, Chloe and Naomi. Ever the busy bee, Adele has enjoyed a hugely successful year and hopes to be jetting off to
Indeed Adele’s own hit show, Menopause the Musical, at the Tivoli Theatre has been a massive success, but if you haven’t seen it yet then fear not as I hear a nationwide tour is currently in the pipeline.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
New Years Eve was the night to be out with a variety of wonderful parties on offer. The main hot spots around the country pulled out all the stops to ring in 2008 with white themed parties proving popular.
Legendary celebrity haunt Lilies Bordello hosted a champagne fuelled bash with the Perrier Jouet flowing all night long – they even had a huge “Christmas tree” made up of over 100 magnums of the stuff at a cost of a cool €10,000! Club owner David Morrissey welcomed guests including TV presenter Michelle Doherty, model Gail Kaneswaren and Marcus Sweeney.
The uber-hip night club Krystle also threw a white themed party with guests including Gordon D’Arcy, TV presenter Brian Ormonde, models Pippa O’Connor (sporting her
Meanwhile, around the country there were black tie galas hosted in various top hotels including Hayfield Manor in Cork and Renvyle House in Galway, while the Slieve Russell Hotel in Cavan threw its biggest bash ever with a magnificent fireworks display that could be seen for miles.
Happy New Year!