Friday 21 October 2016

Yeats was a hammer man, jokes Eddie

Published 01/06/2015 | 02:30

Dishy: Nadia Forde was due to have dinner with her new man Dominic Day last night
Dishy: Nadia Forde was due to have dinner with her new man Dominic Day last night

Oh, joy of joys. Nadia Forde was expected in Nobu in London last night for dinner with her new man, rugby star Dominic Day, after Bath's big game against Saracens.

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Closer to home, joy was unconfined in Fade Street Social in Dublin last Monday.

Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh - owners of Lissadell House in county Sligo, and fresh from their triumphant hosting of Charles and Camilla - launched their summer programme, which includes: the Great Yeats birthday bash on June 13, celebrating Ireland's (and my) favourite poet's birth 150 years ago.

In his lots-of-lols speech, Eddie noted how "Yeats was some hammer man" - apropos of the great man's many muses.

Also present on the night, (as well as Kate and John, two of Constance and Eddie's seven gorgeous kids) was RTE stalwart and my neighbour in Portobello, Bryan Dobson.

He recited Yeats' Lake Isle of Innisfree (I will arise and go now) -something he will also be doing at the birthday bash, which caused Marian Richardson of RTE's Playback to panic: "I'm off home to learn some poems," she was heard to exclaim.

Apparently, Maid Marian is booked for the poetry event too but she says: "I thought I was going to be reading poems, not reciting them, but after Dobbs's performance it seems that's what I'll have to do."

The nation's favourite retired newsreader, Anne Doyle, will also be doing the poetic honours at the birthday bash.

The philistines among you need not fear: it isn't all poetry reading. There are lots of other fabulous events, and delicious food, cooked by that colourful barrister Tim Bracken.

Tasty Tim also cooked recently in Sligo for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall - aka Chaz and Cam.

Your diarist will arise and go now.

Sunday Independent

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