Saturday 31 January 2015

The Diary: Olivia jets back for a seasonal social visit

Holiday: Lucy Nagle at Sandy Lane. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Robert Jacob
Best Dressed Finalists — Maria Osborne, Elaine Bury and wInner Suzanne McGarry at The Leopardstown Racing Festival. BRIAN McEVOY
Roz Lipsett and her sister Sarah at the Cherish lunch in the Shelbourne Hotel. PAUL SHERWOOD
Paul Byrom and wife Dominique Coulter at the Joe Duffy ‘Liveline’ special from The Bailey Pub in Duke Street, Dublin. BRIAN McEVOY

It's three decades since she was crowned Miss Ireland in 1984 and over 15 years since she moved to the US, so it was refreshing to see Olivia Treacy back on the social scene over the festive season.

The 53 year old has kept in touch with all her old modelling friends and catching up is her top priority while back in Dublin for a six-week stint.

As well as Christmas drinks with Krish and Lelia Naidou, former franchise holders of the Miss Ireland competition, at the Westbury Hotel, a long lunch with her agent Rebecca Morgan and a tipple with author Claudia Carroll, the LA-based beauty is spending her visit reconnecting with old catwalk colleagues Beverley Keegan and Ruth Magee.

"Krish is a soccer agent now in the UK, but we've stayed in touch all these years," Olivia told The Diary. "I modelled a lot with Beverley and Ruth, we did all the Richard Alan shows together, so it's great to pick up where you left off with people like that.

"I'm here for six weeks this time, so I'm just trying to get as much in as possible."

While she's due back in California on January 21, Olivia is hoping to spend more time in Ireland going forward, be that modelling, acting or simply keeping her 93-year-old mother Maura company.

"I'm looking to do more work here in television; years ago there was a stigma that you couldn't model if you wanted to be taken serious as an actress, but that's gone now and in the US, actors double up as models regularly," she said.

-- LB


Lucy tops off her year in Barbados

Last year was a hugely memorable year for Lucy Nagle, the former London-based interior designer who moved into fashion and now supplies Ireland's best- dressed ladies with their luxury cashmeres.

In August, Lucy married Jamie Rohan at her family's stud in Co Wicklow and the following month her luxury knitwear proved so successful at the CREATE event in Brown Thomas that Shelly Corkery invited her to stock her next season's collection in the Grafton Street store.

Lucy concluded the red letter year by bringing in the new year at the Sandy Lane hotel in Barbados, happily posing poolside with Jamie, looking fetching in a black gown and carrying one of her satin woven clutch bags.

She took time out to tweet Simon Cowell who was also holidaying at Sandy Lane with his pregnant girlfriend, New York socialite Lauren Silverman, who is expecting their baby in February.


A stableful of stars party in style for festive race meeting

The Leopardstown Christmas Festival made for a star-studded affair this year and as always, the fillies came out in force.

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