Friday, September 27, 2013

Jameson Cult Film: Die Hard

Yippee-Ki-Yay: 1. Johanna Asmniadin and Julien Rubio; 2. Cian Healy and Holly Carpenter; 3. Dermot Whelan and Dave Moore. (Pix. BME)

The Jameson Cult Film Club pulled out all the stops for its explosive double screening of the 1988 action classic DIE HARD. Following on from the successful screening of the gritty Irish crime flick INTERMISSION back in June, organisers treated ticket holders to an exclusive viewing experience at Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre, which was completely transformed into the foyer of Nakatomi Plaza for the evening.

The crowd were completely immersed in the film from the moment they arrived as sirens and police cars barricaded the entrance while LAPD’s finest Sergeant Al Powell interacted with the gathering crowd and offered words of support to John McClane on the police radio.

Once inside characters from the movie led by Hans Gruber used props and themed special effects to act out key scenes in front of the audience including Marco’s body falling from the roof onto Al’s police car, shards of ‘glass’ and ‘debris’ landing on the audience during one of the bigshoot out scenes.

Enjoying the Jameson Cult Film Club experience were rugby player Mike McCarthy, Devon Toner as well as David Coffey, Aidan Power, Dermot Whelan and Lottie Ryan.  Following the screening, the party continued in true Jameson style with guests tucking into ‘Yippee-Ki-Yay Burgers’ and Jameson, Ginger and Lime long drinks while DJ Aidan Kelly took to the decks.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Virgin Atlantic fashion lunch

Lift Off: 1. Rebecca Maguire, Rosanna Davison and Amanda Brunker; 2. Emma Meir and Sarah Flannery; 3. Eliska Kelly, Terry Smith and Issie Brown. (Pix. BME)

The 18th annual Virgin Atlantic International Fashion Lunch in aid of the Rape Crisis Centre
was hosted at the luxury Westin Hotel, Dublin.  Dawn Fitzgerald showcased a winter preview of designer evening gowns, modelled by Rosanna Davison and Rebecca Maguire and Miss Candy wore a stunning canary yellow creation by same designer.

The First Lady of musical theatre Rebecca Storm performed some of her Broadway musical hits during the lunch, while Eurovision winner Paul Harrington and his group entertained the guests after the meal.

Guests included Ken Doherty, Lady Kathy Botham, Lorraine Keane, Norah Casey, Pamela Flood and Lisa Duffy.  The lunch which aims to raise in excess of €30,000 for the Rape Crisis Centre (and has raised millions over the years) is a favourite charity event and one that’s always much anticipated.

In other news, private car app Uber is launching in Dublin.  Using this Uber promo code you will save €20 off your first ride

Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn at Arnotts

POB AW: 1. Peter O'Brien, Sonia Lennon and Brendan Courtney; 2. Aisling O'Loughlin; 3. Annemarie and O'Connor and Ingrid Hoey. (Pix. KH)

Peter O’Brien launched his fourth Autumn Winter capsule ladieswear collection for Arnotts.
The collection will be available exclusively at Arnotts as part of the Love Irish Design initiative at Arnotts.

The Arnotts new season launch sees the arrival of brands such as Jill Stuart, D.Efect, 2ND Day, Orla Kiely, Lennon Courtney, Lulu Guinness and Pour la Victoire.

There were 300 guests in attendance including presenter Kathryn Thomas, Aisling O’Loughlin, stylist Ingrid Hoey, actress Aoibhinn Garrighy, Emer O’Reilly Hyland, presenter Diana Bunici, Sharon Smurfitt, Lady (Anna) Oxmantown, Jenny Buckley and of course Peter O Brien, Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney.

Guests enjoyed a Jacob’s Creek wine reception and bespoke Arnotts AW13 cookies. The event was live streamed on the Arnotts website and live tweeted and blogged throughout the fashion show. 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

All that Jazz

Jazzed: 1. Niki Kelly and Emma O'Callaghan; 2. Sarah Finn; 3. Chris Engel and Julie Blakeney. (Pix. Kieran Harnett)

The launch of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which takes place from 25th - 28th October, had jazz fans enthralled in Whelans recently. Tens of thousands of people will descend on Cork city from all over the world to enjoy a Jazz Gathering featuring over 400 gigs in over 50 venues around the city, plus a very impressive Fringe programme.

For full festival details and to purchase tickets for the 2013 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival log onto


Monday, September 16, 2013

Samsung Young Designer

Style: Brendan Courtney and Aisling Kilduff; 2. Alex Ludwig; 3. Sarah Lennon and Lavinia Gallagher. (Pix. BME)

Claire Lynam from Ratoath, Co. Meath who studies in NCAD won the overall Samsung Young Designer of the Year 2013 from an impressive shortlist of 12 designers.  Claire’s prize package included a Samsung Galaxy smartphone; Samsung Galaxy Note tablet; a Samsung NX 300 camera, an exclusive portfolio shoot with renowned fashion photographer Barry McCall and PR representation from Limelight Communications.

The judging panel consisted of top Irish fashion photographer Barry McCall, the Design Centre’s Aisling Kilduff, fashion editor of the Sunday Independent, Constance Harris and General Manager of Samsung IT & Mobile Ireland, Gary Twohig.

Guests at the VIP reception sipped on Baileys and dined on bespoke fashion inspired canap├ęs. The awards were hosted by one of Ireland’s leading fashion couples Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney. Also in attendance was Alexander Ludwig, star of the Hunger Games movie, Samsung DFF Ambassador Darren Kennedy, stylist Maria Fusco and fashion blogger, Emily O’Donnell.