Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
There are some great Sunday sports stories to cherish and last weekend's news that Padraig Harrington had won the Portugal Masters by a single stroke brought a smile to everyone's face. Earlier in the week, I met his wife, Caroline, pictured, and her super glam mum, Mary Gregan (centre), with Madeline Hanlon, manager of Boodles Dublin.
Lorna Shaw and Suzie Golby, pictured below, were among those who attended Boodles' Ladies Lunch to celebrate the launch of their newest collection, 'Be Boodles' which incorporates the letter 'B' into motifs, so I guess it's kind of perfect for a Bairbre!
In the past, Padraig has marked his big landmark wins by buying Caroline something gorgeous, so I'd say she has a fair idea of the current jewellery stock if Padraig wants to treat her for Christmas. He joked with Shane Lowry that their Christmas party is on him - you betcha after that win in Villamoura.
It was a week of hugely sociable parties, such as the Magee 150th Anniversary party where I joined Lynn, Charlotte and Paddy Temple - the fourth and fifth generation of the Temple family at the helm of Magee 1866 - and celebrated the iconic Donegal brand's sesquicentennial anniversary. Their South Anne Street shop was filled with a liberal sprinkling of what I can only call 'friends of Donegal in Dublin.' Head honcho in that particular club must be our own Gay Byrne and his newly published wife, Kathleen Watkins. I went straight over to compliment her on her stunning appearance on The Late Late about her new book. She looked fab that night in a Louise Kennedy bejewelled dress. I chatted with Paddy and his wife, Katie, pictured below, and guests enjoyed delicious canapés from the Village Tavern in Mountcharles, Co Donegal, including Donegal Bay oysters and deliciously spiced Donegal lamb, complemented by wines from Tindal wine merchants, and the swinging sounds of a saxophone quartet. It's been quite a year for the Temples. They welcomed the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to their Donegal HQ during their official trip to Donegal in May.
Miriam O'Callaghan sparkled like a super glam Snow Queen as MC for the Irish Hospice Foundation's 30-year anniversary gala dinner, which honoured its founder, Dr Mary Redmond, who passed away last year. Miriam is an IHF ambassador and she welcomed guests from the worlds of law, politics, philanthropy and business.
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was guest of honour, Miriam looked fab, I have to say, in a super comfy Don O'Neill Theia silver sequinned top, champagne skirt from Coast and gold sandals. Elsewhere, Pamela Flood (pictured with Lorraine Keane), spoke very sweetly when she launched the new Platinum Collection by Butlers Chocolates at their café on Wicklow Street.