Sunday 23 October 2016

Bairbre Power... Out and about

Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country

Published 18/09/2016 | 02:30

Donald McDonald, MD of the Arnotts store, pictured with Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief of Image Publications.
Donald McDonald, MD of the Arnotts store, pictured with Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief of Image Publications.
Ailish Cantwell and Lorraine keane
Sarah and Paul cadden

I'm one of those Christmas fans who doesn't need to be asked twice to a festive shindig. So what if it's September - Santa is only around the corner.

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There was an enthusiastic turnout of fellow Christmas fanatics at the Arnotts Gifted party. In the lift, we pressed two for the North Pole and were transported to a winter wonderland pop-up where the Bugle Babes lulled us into a festive vibe singing harmonies of 1940s swing songs. Santa even popped out from behind a Christmas tree to share a mince pie and a glass of punch.

I was happy out because I start planning Mistletoe magazine in July, and the sight of all those gift ideas ticked all the boxes. I chatted with Lisa Fitzpatrick and her uber polite son, Dalton, and also with Donald McDonald, the genial MD of the store, pictured above Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief of Image Publications. He told me that their Gifted area, a curation of special gifts for all the family, opens on October 21.

I made a gazelle-like dash over the Ha'penny bridge to get to the Bank of Ireland on College Green for the Dublin Fashion Festival's 'Young Designer of the Year' competition, which was won by the recent NCAD graduate, (4) JJ Donnelly, pictured here with Darren Kennedy, face of the DFF, and with model Irma. Earlier, I popped in briefly to the launch of the Cliff Townhouse Oyster Festival 2016 which runs until October 2. The party was attended by 102 guests heartily enjoying the bi-valves. I chatted with the always busy Lorraine Keane and charming Ailish Cantwell, PR for the event, pictured below.



Congratulations to Paul Cadden of Saba, pictured below with his wife Sarah. Paul started the Thai and Vietnamese restaurant on Dublin's Clarendon Street a decade ago. Last Saturday, he shuttered the restaurant for a night and hosted a sit-down 10th birthday party for 120 guests.


I chatted with his brother, Alan, who has been instrumental in running their Saba-To-Go operation in Rathmines and Windy Arbour. Paul wooed Tao, their amazing chef, from Thailand, who got a standing ovation from his dinner guests. These included Derry Gray, president of Dublin Chamber of Commerce and his wife Eilish, Aisling Kilduff from the Design Centre and Frank Dillon of Communicorp, and his wife Dee.


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