Kean party raises more than €20k
Who in a recession throws a party for over 400 people at their house – a 30,000 square foot virtual palace on seven landscaped acres with a ballroom, a private cinema, a giant bar with free drink and food all night?
The answer, you will hardly be too shocked to hear, is Gerald Kean.
It wasn't like Gerald was Nero playing the fiddle while Rome burned. The closest he came to a fire was lighting up a succession of even more grand cigars all evening.
The sybaritic solicitor has never been afraid to spend money or enjoy himself, however flamboyantly.
Thursday night at Drayton Manor in Three Mile Water, Co Wicklow, was certainly flamboyant, even by the larger than life host's standards.
The free drink flowed all night for the 400 guests with canapes of every variation, too, to satisfy the tastebuds.
Gerald's detractors might carp that such extravagance at this painful economic time in Ireland for most of its citizens is in poor taste, but that would be missing the point, and badly.
In fact, Gerald was hosting a charity event for the Ross Nugent Foundation and to raise funds for the Oncology department in Beaumont Hospital.
Tickets were €75 a pop. For that you got two brilliant live performances by Sinead O'Connor and Aslan.
"I don't have the final figures yet, but we raised over €20,000 on the night," Gerald said yesterday.
"It was great to do something for the Ross Nugent Foundation. It was a fantastic night."
Those who attended included concert promoter Peter Aiken, boxer Bernard Dunne, Senator Lorraine Higgins, barrister (and former CEO of the FAI) Fran Rooney and racehorse owner Peter Savill. There was no sign of Lisa Murphy.
More details at www. rossnugentfoundation.ie