Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Tears of all kinds were flowing at the Irish Tatler Men's awards held at the InterContinental hotel on Friday. Al Porter and Barry Murphy, winners of the entertainment and comedy categories, had us in knots of laughter. But there were tears of sadness, too, with a moving speech about the homelessness in Dublin from Brother Kevin Crowley who won the Hall of Fame award for his overwhelming charitable works since opening a shelter in Dublin for people in need in 1974.
Fair play to The Blues footballing hero Philly McMahon, who won the sports trophy and dedicated his prize to the 400-plus people who committed suicide last year. It was essentially a men's awards so female attendees were heavily outnumbered.
There was a huge welcome for publisher Nora Casey who has been out sick and I chatted with award-winner Eoghan McDermott from 2FM who was watching the clock as he was dashing back to Montrose to go on air at 4pm. Eoghan was presented with the Most Stylish Man award by Valerie O'Neill of Arnotts, above, who sponsored the prize. Later, Eoghan and I talked fashion, London and the Irish language and when I say he loves shoes, you should have seen the three-tone, punched suede brogue boots he was wearing! Bet his new house will have a dressing room for his splendiferous threads.
It was a busy week of parties, starting with the Tom Ford Holiday 2016 Collections party at Farrier & Draper. It was super to catch up with the charming Melissa Bancroft and Victoria Nebel from the Tom Ford office in London and also with Sandra Morris from Brown Thomas, who are the exclusive stockists in Ireland of Mr Ford's range. We sipped bubbles and nosed our way into Mr Ford's fragrance range, and proclaimed amour for his newest, Ombre Leather 16. I can vouch for its effect. After leaving the party, I was asked three times in an hour what fragrance I was wearing. I'm definitely going back to buy a bottle.
Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney (above) have just launched their 2017 Xposé fafinder Awards, and next month they are hosting the Irish premiere of Tom Ford's new movie,Nocturnal Animals at the Light House.
I chatted with Aoife Kelly and Michael Sharpe, above, at the party to celebrate Highline at Sophie's in The Dean, a New York Late Night Vibe on Harcourt Street. It's one of Dublin's few rooftop venues, and my other favourite is the Marker Hotel. Across the water at Grand Canal Dock, the much anticipated Charlotte Quay, run by Marc and Conor Bereen, offers great views and food. I dined there after the 10th birthday celebrations of Renew Aesthetic Clinic on Hatch Street. Claire Byrne and Lorraine Keane both spoke to an audience of over 80 clients and friends about their Ultherapy treatment at Renew. Claire was photographed with Jeanette Dunne and Sinead Gallagher, belowk the two nurses who founded the clinic.