Monday, April 28, 2008

CRC Ladies Lunch

Some of the glamourous ladies in attendance were: 1. Adele Coghlan and Terri Fitzpatrick; 2. Kyra Jones and Aisling Simmonds; 3. Noelle McCarthy and Margaret Nelson; 4. Terri and Lisa Fitzpatrick; 5. Eithne Fitzpatrick Scott-Lennon, Yvonne Keating and Miriam Aherne.
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel was delighted to host the annual Ladies Spring Luncheon, in aid of the Central Remedial Clinic, last week. The magical setting of the 18th century castle in Killiney made it the perfect venue for this year’s event.

As one of the events in Dublin’s social calendar, the CRC Spring Luncheon is an ultra glamorous affair attended by almost 400 guests and attracts a variety of high profile socialites and corporate VIPs each year. Guests who attended this year’s event included Eithne Fitzpatrick Scott-Lennon, her sister in-laws, Fiona, Terry and Lisa Fitzpatrick, Yvonne Keating, Miriam Ahern, as well as fashion boutique owners, Fran Nolan and Jane Baker and a host of other well know and glamorous ladies.

Guests were greeted with a champagne reception upon arrival, followed by a sumptuous four-course lunch, provided by the awarding winning food and beverage team at Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel. Fran and Jane the chic chain of boutiques coordinated a fashion show, showcasing the latest line from Irish fashion brand Regine, along with a stunning array of bags, jewellery and shoes. This was followed by the latest collection from Gentlemen Please. The inimitable Lisa Fitzpatrick was MC for the show.

The CRC ladies lunch has one of the biggest charity raffles of the year with an array of exciting prizes. This year there was a trip to New York, including flights with Continental Airlines plus a stay at one of the Fitzpatrick hotels in Manhattan.

All proceeds from the Ladies Spring Luncheon go to the Central Remedial Clinic. The Central Remedial Clinic is a national centre that provides care and treatment, free of charge, for over 4,500 children and adults with physical disabilities.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Sports Ball

Having a sporting time at the ball were: 1. John Paul Davis and Nicola Hatton; 2. Catherine Coleman and Richard Woods; 3. Sandra Byrne; 4. Shaun Wright Phillips and Dionne Wright; 5. Lizanna Kirwan and Julieanne McElligot.

On Saturday, April 19th, many well known faces from Celtic, Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea Football Clubs descended upon Dublin’s Mansion House for the second annual Sport’s Ball in aid of the Education for the Children Foundation. This years event attracted a host of well known UK football players with funds going towards the development of educational facilities in some of the poorest areas in Central America.

Among the sporting stars in attendance were Tommy Johnson, Rob Jones, Michael Thomas, Shaun Wright Philips, Brian Kidd, Mark Wright, Regi Blinker, Alan Stubbs, Tony Warner, Neill Lennon and Jackie McNamara (me neither, but only because I'm not much of a sports fan). Irish International Rugby star Bernard Jackman, model Lizanna Kirwan, Elisabeth Fitzpatrick and Rachel Channing also attended.
MC’d by Paul Collins from Today FM, guests enjoyed a Heineken (what else!) reception before a sumptuous five course meal. Andrew Nolan and Hugh Bleahan took to the stage after formalities and auctioned off a range of one of sporting packages and raising much needed funds for the charity. After some serious dancing to Jungle Boogie, guests made their way to uber trendy Krystle to continue the party.

The Education for the Children Foundation was established in 2003, to tackle the cycle of poverty through education, relieving the poverty and sickness of children and their families by the provision of educational amenities, facilities and equipment as well as shelter and food. Funds from the Sports Ball this year are going towards the purchase of a new Escuela Projecto La Esperanza school in San Felipe, four miles outside Antigua in Guatemala. This new building will house a primary and middle school for 250 children ranging from six to eighteen years of age. A worthy cause indeed.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Irish Equine Centre 25th Anniversary

Pictured at the Irish Equine Centre's 25th Anniversary celebration lunch were: 1. His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed al Maktoum receiving a lifetime achievement award on behalf of his family from President Mary McAleese; 2. Gillian & Niall Quinn; 3. Naomi Buchanan, Jennifer O'Connell and Joanne Blennerhassett; 4. Helen Barry and Ann Hensey.
The Irish Equine Centre celebrated 25 years of serving Ireland’s equine industry at a champagne reception at their facility in Johnstown, Co Kildare. Guest of Honour, President of Ireland Mary McAleese presented Lifetime Achievement Awards to seven leading men and women from the industry including Sean Collins MRCVS & Hanne Collins; Dr & Mrs Vincent O’Brien; His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed al Maktoum, Dr Walter Haefner and Lady Isolin Clague.

Jane Myerscough accepted the awards on behalf of Dr & Mrs O’Brien who are currently travelling in Australia. Jane was delighted to be there to celebrate all the work her parents had put into the centre. Similarly, Sean & Hanne Collins, who were the driving force of the centre for many of its 25 year history, were honoured to accept the award bestowed on them. Sean was the founder of the centre in 1983 and remains actively involved today as President of the Board.

H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed al Maktoum, son of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum of Dubai accepted the award on behalf of the world famous horse breeding Maktoum family.
President McAleese congratulated those being honoured for their outstanding achievements and the Irish Equine Centre for their dedicated service to the bloodstock industry.

Guests at the exclusive event included footballing legend and local Kildare boy Niall Quinn and his glamorous wife Gillian who both have a keen interest in horse racing and breeding. Gillian is a noted horsewoman having won numerous awards as a dressage rider. Also in attendance were Sir Anthony & Lady O’Reilly and former Minister for Finance and EU Commissioner Dr. Ray MacSharry.

Former Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food John Malone has been recently appointed as the new Chairman of the Irish Equine Centre Board of Governors. Commenting on the day John said: “Today’s event has been a major milestone for the Irish Equine Centre. We are delighted to be able to honour the extraordinary people that have played a central role in the Irish equine industry and to celebrate the past 25 years of the Irish Equine Centre, as without them, this vision would never have become a reality.”

A number of key sponsors are working alongside the centre throughout their 25th Anniversary. These include Horse Racing Ireland, the body set up to develop and promote Ireland as a world centre of excellence for horse racing and breeding; Randox Laboratories Ltd, one of the world’s fastest growing diagnostics companies; Celtic Diagnostics, a leading company for animal testing and diagnostics; and Betfair, the world’s leading betting exchange.

A number of events have been planned for the coming year to mark the 25th anniversary of the Irish Equine Centre. The centre is an independent equine laboratory that exists to protect the wellbeing of Ireland’s horse population and serve the interests of the industry.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Looking the Business

Also at 'Look the Business' by The Gloss, in association with Vodafone, were 1. Karen Koster; 2. Rosanna Davison; 3. Caroline Scott.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Look the Business

At 'Look the Business' were: 1. Izabela Chudzicka & Nicola McCombie; 2. Carolan Lennon of Vodafone & Jane McDonnell of The Gloss; 3. Jennifer Weiner of Brown Thomas; 4. Audrey Buckley & Fiona McKeon; 5. Carolina Sturlese; 6. Ruth O'Byrnes.
Over 500 of Ireland’s leading business women gathered at The Mansion House for another sell out event, created by The Gloss Magazine. ‘Look The Business’ which was hosted in association with Vodafone, was designed to provide a showcase for shorthand fashion and beauty trends for style-conscious, but time-poor working women.

‘Look The Business’ combined a lavish catwalk show (with fashion from Brown Thomas presented by personal shopping director, New Yorker, Jennifer Weiner) and champagne supper followed by the first ever beauty buffet, when guests got to sample products and receive expert advice from ten international Estée Lauder make-up artists led by The Gloss Magazine’s Creative Artist Christine Lucignano. Among the guests were Rosanna Davison and Katie Jane Goldin, Roisin Tierney - Crowe, Karen Koster, Marisa Mackle and Aoife O'Reilly.

Speaking at ‘Look The Business’, Publisher of The Gloss Magazine, Jane Mc Donnell said, “How you dress causes assumptions to be made about your skills, your ability, your affiliations, your ambitions. The reality is that in this fast-paced world, impressions still count.

"Lots of us are stuck in the dark suit world, the uniform women adopted back in the 70s, when women sought equal status in the workplace. But, women have proved themselves in business over the last 30 years and we don’t need a boring suit that erases all feminine characteristics to be our fallback position when we look in the wardrobe.

"We spend a lot of time in our work clothes; we need to love them a little more than we currently do. We should regard shopping for a work wardrobe as an enjoyable event rather than a chore, undertaken under pressure – pressure for time, pressure to know what to buy. Imagine feelings of pleasure, not dread when you scan your wardrobe in the morning ... After tonight, no more dread."

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Ashbourne Town Centre

Fashionistas in Ashbourne included: 1. Ann Marie Breen and Brid Clarke; 2. Emily Kennedy and Carol Doyle; 3. Daragh Hayes and Pippa O'Connor; 4. Tara Connors and Karen Koster; 5. Janice Roche, Caroline Browne and Linda Malone.
Over 300 fashion lovers ascended on the Marriott Hotel Ashbourne for a sneak preview of all the latest spring/summer trends from The Ashbourne Town Centre recently. The night was a huge success raising much needed funds for Irish Autism Action and Keith Duffy, a patron of the charity also joined in the fun. Guests were treated to a Jolie champagne reception and canapés.
Guests on the night included Keith Duffy, Sarah Morrissey, Blathnaid McKenna, Pippa O’ Connor, Xpose’s Karen Koster and former ‘You’re a Star’ contestant Andrew Grafton. After the show guests enjoyed some original sounds from Andrew Grafton and Ciara Delaney also performed with her band ensuring that guests partied til the early hours!

Monday, April 07, 2008


At the FitFlops launch party were: 1. Actress and DJ Hilary Rose; 2. Grasieli Craig and Glenda Gilson; 3. Isobela Miranda and Julianna Tansini; 4. Hilary Rose and Giuliano Furquim; 5. Marcia Kilgore and Maura Derrane.

Bliss Spa-entrepreneur, Marcia Kilgore, flew into Dublin recently to officially launch her stylish and revolutionary shoe, the ‘FitFlop’ at The Loft, Powerscourt Town House Centre. FitFlops, the flip flops with the gym-built-in, have an efficient dual-use – a fashionable shoe accessory and a work- out while you walk – what more could a busy woman ask for! Fitness fans and fashionistas were out in force at the event to welcome Marcia and get their hands on the most-wanted shoe this year...

Leggy Brazilian models were on hand to serve guests an array of delicious canapés and Prosecco, fashionably shod in sequinned FitFlops and hotpants, showing off their enviable legs! Some lucky guests were treated to pedicures before putting on their FitFlops for the night.

Those in attendance included beauty experts Triona McCarthy and Maura Derrane, Xposé host Glenda Gilson and top stylist Cathy O’Connor. It-girl Emily O’Donnell and socialite Grasieli Simoes of Brazil Body Sports Wear were seen enjoying the funky beats on the night provided by actress and DJ, Hilary Rose.

Since they first landed on shelves in the UK last May, FitFlops have reached iconic fashion status, as the most ‘googled’ item of the year and the fastest selling new health and wellness shoe in history! FitFlops are available from leading stockists nationwide starting from €55. New colours and styles will be added throughout the summer, so ensure you keep your eyes peeled. For further information check out

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Hackett Menswear

At the launch party for Hacketts were: 1. Jeremy Hackett; 2. Niall McCrudden and Jonny Wilkinson; 3. Paul Byrom; 4. Rachel Kavanagh and Emer Kelly; 5. Paul Harrington; 6. Laclan Sykes and Jonny Wilkinson.
International rugby superstar Jonny Wilkinson kicked off the VIP bash at the launch of the Hackett Menswear Store on South Anne Street. Jonny arrived at the party in true James Bond style in an Aston Martin provided by Charles Hurst Belfast accompanied by Jeremy Hackett, Chairman and founder of Hackett Menswear.

Hackett had a surprise in store for guests with the presence of polo pony Princess which drew crowds as well as the interest of top show jumper Cian O’Connor with Paddy Power on hand to organise bets.

The invite only event kicked off with a champagne reception followed by miniature steak canapés and Irish potato cakes with Clonakilty black pudding with the Hackett men in mind. Guests grooved to jazz duo Tandem and Eurovision winner Paul Harrington made a special guest appearance with a performance of his new single ‘What I’d Say’.

Business duo Simon and Christian Stokes, Astrid Brennan and Rachel Channing along with other guests sipped lychee martinis whilst admiring the wonderful Spring Summer collection from Hackett. Models Lachlan Sykes and Eric Jackman showcased the latest collection including nautical inspired pieces and key looks from the chic quintessential Mayfair Collection.

Other guests included Karen Koster, Grainne Seoige and stylist Cathy O’Connor, Pat Kiely, Sinead Desmond, Irish actresses Tara Leniston and Rachel Kavanagh. Guests were treated to a special performance by Utsav Lal, India’s youngest concert pianist of Raga piano music.

New limited edition Hackett designed Ireland rugby jerseys were a popular hit on the night with both Hackett and rugby enthusiasts.