Tuesday 16 September 2014

Celebrating silverware at Newbridge birthday bash

Model Aoife Lennon wears jewellery designed by NCAD student, Annemarie Reinhold, who was the winner of the ninth annual Newbridge Silverware NCAD Design Awards.

"I feel like Mrs Bennet," doyenne of the RTE newsroom, Anne Doyle, remarked as she tucked into a breakfast tart at Newbridge Silverware's 80th birthday brunch.

"All I seem to be doing these days is talking and thinking about other people's weddings."

Next month, Anne will walk former colleague, Aengus MacGrianna, down the aisle before making a heartfelt speech at his and partner Terry Gill's wedding reception.

Despite having commanded the newsroom for decades, Anne reckons she'll have a tough time getting the RTE newsroom contingent to pipe down after the meal.

"They're talkers – it'll be some struggle getting everyone to shut up and listen," she laughed.

Anne joined Keith Wood, Nuala Carey, Sallyanne Clarke, Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins in Newbridge's Visitor Centre to toast the business's big day. "I myself am turning 80 in August," Uncle Gaybo said, "so I know all too well how terrifying and wonderful an experience it can be."

Broadcaster Daithi O'Se was full of chat about the arrival of co-host Maura Derrane's baby boy, Cal.

"We'll have all the boys on the Today sofa before the year is out," he said. "Cal, Micheal and Claire Byrne's baby, Patrick. The whole gang – sure why wouldn't we?"

Actress Amy Huberman arrived with her mum Sandra and discussed her upcoming holiday plans and chatted to Munster man Ronan O'Gara, who flew in from Paris earlier in the week. "What a perfect way to start the day," Huberman said. "Tucking into greasy fry-ups and sausage sandwiches with beautifully weighted silverware."

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