Thursday 27 October 2016

The Edge: Nohl's not in love, but she's working on it

Published 08/06/2015 | 02:30

Food of love on the menu: Architect Ken Edmondson and Ann-Marie Nohl. Photo: Tony Gavin
Food of love on the menu: Architect Ken Edmondson and Ann-Marie Nohl. Photo: Tony Gavin
Special guest: Georgia May Foote
Day at the races: Marietta Doran. Photo: Pat Tobin
Style stakes: Annette Rocca and Jane Given at the Marker Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods.
Orlagh Winters. Photo: Pat Toibin.
Dinner duo: Harry and Rita Crosbie
Siobhan Cleary and Joe Dowling with Irish Ambassador to the US, Anne Anderson. Photo: Lauren Mueller

What was it that Shakespeare said about the food of love? Well, whatever it was, Ann-Marie Nohl clearly has it.

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She was the delish blonde who used to feed Johnny Ronan, Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Sheridan, Van Morrison, Albert Reynolds, The Corrs and Louis Walsh in her Dublin 4 hotspot, Expresso Bar Cafe, on Mary's Road during the good old days. The stunning restaurateur was even rumoured to have been on a romantic date with the aforesaid, and now happily married, Mr Byrne a long time ago.

I can now happily inform you that Ann-Marie is in the first flush of romance with a dashing, silver-haired, new beau.

How do I know this? Oh, please, don't be ridic. Ann-Marie told me, of course, when I bumped into her and her gallant gentleman, Mr Ken Edmondson, last week.

"He's gorgeous," she cooed into the ear of your diarist. "Gorgeous. We haven't been going out that long."

Is she in love?

"I'm not in love yet," she answered, "but I'm working on it."

Indeed love's young dream Ann-Marie and Ken have just got back from a short break in Marbella in southern Spain. It must be serious if they are jetting to Marbs so soon into their romance.

"He is an architect," Ann-Marie told me, adding, "So he is right up my avenue. You know how I love design and style," she said. "Ken's absolutely lovely," the beautiful blonde said breathlessly as Ken looked on, before she added that she is part of an absolutely fabulous team that has just opened an achingly hip eating spot called Eathos on Baggot Street. "I have no investment in it. I would love you to pop in sometime."

Ann-Marie's old place, Expresso Bar Cafe, was once described by me as an integral part of the theatre of Dublin life before it sadly closed its doors in April, 2013. So Eathos - like Ken - has a lot to live up to.

A right soap opera in Maynooth

Life's a soap opera - full of drama and kitsch. But enough about the Dail. 

Next Friday in Maynooth, county Kildare, there'll be plenty of both. But hopefully, no politicians.

The new golden couple of British soap, Sean Ward and Georgia May Foote, are flying in as the special guests for the launch of Cathedral bar, grill and smoke-house.

It must be good because Valerie Roe is even cutting short her holiday in Murcia in Spain - she was over there in La Manga Club and Resort with husband Denis and their 13-year-old son Josh - to come back to oversee the night.

And Sean and Georgia's grand arrival.

To get the former Coronation Street star Georgia and Sean, who plays Corrie bad boy Callum Logan, to appear together at Cathedral is a bit of a coup, as they are inundated with offers from all the UK magazines, Valerie told me from her hols in Spain.

Also travelling to Maynooth for the big night are TOWIE girls Sam and Billie Faiers, and Hollyoaks star Jennifer Metcalfe.

Making a shorter journey, presumably, is Kildare resident and wife of Niall, Gillian Quinn - who is coming with her daughter with Aisling Quinn and Aisling's boyfriend Ashley Duane.

I might also mention that the likes of. . . deep breath. . . Kathryn Thomas, trainer to the stars Paul Byrne with his wife Siobhan, Ronan Ryan and Pamela Flood ... another deep breath ... Sile and Grainne Seoige, Brian Kennedy, Keith Barry, Jenny and Martin King, Katie Jane Gold and her husband Barry, as well as Rosanna Davison and Wes are all also expected on the night.

Pretty much anyone Valerie Roe has ever met in the exalted Irish showbusiness world in other words. Maynooth will never be the same again after Friday night.

Style icons blessed with the sun

Thy kingdom come? Well, the style certainly came to Listowel last Sunday for the races. And naturally because it was Ladies Day the sun came out too. . .

Those there to enjoy the fashion and the sunshine included business woman Orlagh Winters (dressed by chic Kerry womenswear designer Tina Griffin, no less), local PR guru Orla Diffily, milliner Aoife Hannon (sister of racehorse trainer and retired professional National Hunt jockey, Jim Culloty).

This is to say nothing of glam stylist and fashion contributor to Ireland AM on TV3, Marietta Doran. "It really was a fab day - the sun was shining all day," Ms Doran told me, adding that she "put the Child of Prague out the night before." Glad to hear it.

Marietta was also judging the Best Dressed Ladies. Tralee-based solicitor Caroline O'Sullivan was the outright winner of the prize - valued at €5,000 and sponsored by Listowel town businesses and publicans. She was wearing a bespoke hat by Antoinette O'Mahony and a dress from Catherine McCormack boutique in Adare.

Now you know.

Rita is about to see her plans blossom

Rita Fox is in bloom. Harry Crosbie's gorgeous wife is expecting a different kind of happy event.

She has just received full planning permission for a glass, state-of-the-art outside-cafe and flower shop in Grand Canal Dock.

So expect one of Dublin's trendiest squares to get a little bit trendier soon, courtesy of the ambitious redhead.

I met her and Harry for dinner at Rita's Cafe H on Grand Canal Dock on Wednesday.

Over a glass of their VBF Paddy McKillen's Château la Coste rose from his vineyard in the South of France - it is fresh, zingy and tasteful, just like Rita - the Fantastic Ms Fox told me she had Sir Bob Geldof and Dave Stewart in for dinner recently.

Irish film director John Moore was in with a crew for lunch earlier that Wednesday to do a recce.

He is shooting a movie with Pierce Brosnan that is scheduled to begin filming in mid-June in and around Grand Canal Dock.

Lovely Rita also told me that she is looking for a new "bar person" for Cafe H.

If that isn't enough excitement, Rita and Harry had been at the Gilbert O'Sullivan concert in Vicar Street the night before.

Rita has grand plans for the famous venue in Dublin's inner city.

But you'd have to ply me with a bottle of Paddy McKillen's senses-stimulating vino to get that information out of me.

Final act of Dowling's Minneapolis stay

The curtain is falling  on a great career in Minneapolis. Irish theatre director extraordinare Joe Dowling, who has spent 20 years at the illustrious Guthrie theatre there, is overseeing  Juno and the Paycock for the last time at the Guthrie.

Juno, which stars great Irish actors Anita Reeves, Stephen Brennan and Dearbhla Molloy, opened last week, and the great and good of Minneapolis are turning up in their droves to his last oeuvre.

Rolling Stone Ron Wood attended the show on Tuesday and went backstage afterwards to meet Joe, while the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Anne Anderson, who came from Washington, has also been in to see this very special production, which continues until the end of June.

Last night, a glamorous black-tie gala for Joe at the theatre was a suitably theatrical affair - with 75 actors performing extracts from some of the 50 plays and musicals Joe has directed at the Guthrie; Rosaleen Linehan who has appeared twice at the Guthrie, was one of the star turns.

At the end of the night Joe came on stage - and as if on cue, Minneapolis cheered and said their very heartfelt farewells. Joe and his wife Siobhan Cleary were joined by their son Ronan (who is now settled in Minneapolis with his wife Caitlin). His brothers, Frank, John and his wife Grace, Brendan and his wife Tina, travelled from Ireland for the public farewell. Joe's brother Kevin, who is the Irish Ambassador to Hungary, came from Budapest with his wife Una. Maurice Cassidy was also in attendance.

"Thank goodness for waterproof mascara!" Siobhan told your diarist. "Joe is in great form. I don't hear any weeping or gnashing of teeth!"

Luvvies can dry their eyes with their perfumed, silk handkerchiefs, however, as it is not the end of Joe's theatre career. After a couple of weeks hols in Hawaii with Siobhan, Joe will be coming home to Dublin in August to delight audiences again as he directs Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge at the Gate.

Meanwhile the view from the top of The Marker last Wednesday for the launch of The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby was something to write home about. Annette Rocca and Jane Given were looking sensational with their VBF Celia Holman Lee, who is off to Cannes next week.

Sultry Social & Personal columnist - and sister of supermodel Roz - Avila Lipsett was also in attendance at the Marker rooftop bar bash. She was wearing a glorious Martha Lynn hat. Indeed, Avila is going to Royal Ascot on June 16 with Martha and her sister Louise.

Perfect timing as Neil and Jane dine in style, and that's no joke

Why couldn't the sesame seed leave the gambling casino? Because he was on a roll. Why did the tomato blush? Because it saw the salad dressing.

I trust comic genius Neil Delamere told none of the aforesaid food jokes when he dined with his wife - and CEO of the Sky Cat Laugh's festival in Kilkenny - Jane Russell last weekend at Ristorante Rinuccini in Kilkenny.

My sauces (geddit?) at the Michelin-listed restaurant tell me that the happy might have been celebrating their first wedding anniversary. Neil and Jane married in Bansha Castle in Tipperary this time last year.

Perfect timing from the man who exudes perfect comic timing too, or what?

Further south, radio star Keith Cunningham and Rachel O'Leary had their wedding do in Dunmore House Hotel in Muckross, Clonakilty, Cork West Cork last weekend.

KC, who works for RED FM in Cork, and Rachel (who runs a pre-school in Cork) had 150 guests as well as their two young daughters, Robyn and Fia Lilly, in attendance at their bling bash on the Friday.

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