Art collectors extraordinare and all-round good eggs Marie and Joe Donnelly didn't just throw a party on New Year's Eve at their famous home on Vico Road in Dalkey. They threw a wedding reception.
And being the Donnellys, it was a wedding reception to end all wedding receptions...
Their son John was marrying Emma Kavanagh – daughter of that fabulous icon of Irish stage and screen, John Kavanagh, who is the seductive voice behind the Sindo ads, and his gorgeous wife Anne – so there was plenty of cause for celebration on a grand scale. John (Kavanagh, that is) would need to be making a lot of those ads as his other daughter – Emma's little sister Rachel – is marrying her boyfriend Shane McGill in the summer in France.
Koo and husband Freddie Browne (the ex-husband of Aisling Gleeson who is herself now married to Gerry Purcell) was also at the big nuptial beano on New Year's Eve, as was Koo's brother David and his wife Lisa. The latter are based in Paris, where David has taken over from Joe as MD of his French property company. When they're not hanging out at their art gallery gaff in Dalkey, Marie and Joe spend most of their time at their second home in Paris. The rich, as they say, are different.