December is a wicked month. I never have done cocaine with Nigella but I have partied with Michael Colgan hundreds of times.
Until suddenly, a few weeks ago, he morphed into The Quiet Man. On Monday night at a soiree at his second home, he revealed the mystery behind his recent social reclusiveness and bromidic lifelessness at lunches and the like.
"Last Sunday, December 1st, was an auspicious day for more than one reason," Colgan said in a speech. "Firstly, it was the day I returned to alcohol following my November penance, and with that alcohol I celebrated having achieved 30 years at the Gate. And then, on that same day, as if to properly mark it, my third grandchild, Theo Michael Cullen, arrived. What a day! I don't think the name Theo is going to last!"
On Wednesday night, at the opening night of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs Christmas panto at the Gaiety, Morah Ryan, who seems to go from strength to strength, was at the opening with her entire brood: Rex, Lottie, Babs, Bonnie and Elliot. Gerry's widow told me she was looking forward to "a gentle Christmas ahead with the boys in aprons and myself and the woof woof in our slippers by the fire".
Yvonne Connolly was also at the Gaiety premiere, with her son Ben Dunne junior. The actress also brought little Ben to the GloHealth Christmas Wonderland at the RDS on Thursday.
In Tibor's in Clontarf on the same night, Brendan O'Connor hosted a beano for Debbie Deegan's To Russia With Love charity and raised more than €10,000.
And as we all need glove in a cold climate I popped into Paula Rowan's small but perfectly formed pop up shop on Monkstown Crescent and along with Fiona Nagle, Deborah Veale and artist Gerry Byrne toasted the glam glove maker with a glass of champers.