Friday 23 June 2017

Pictured were Maria Walsh, former Rose of Tralee, Caroline McEnery, author and Norah Casey. Photo: Colm Mahady / Fennells

Bairbre Power... Out and about 

I 've watched chefs with fascination through the pass, but I've never spied on them by video camera as they've prepared me a tasting menu - which is exactly what happened as Richie Wilson of Fire was in action at the launch of the ninth year of Dine in Dublin on Tuesday night. The capital's favourite foodie festival, where restaurants offer discounts to woo us off our couches and into their dining areas, is organised by Dublin Town and runs this year from February 27 to March 5.

Valerie O'Neill and Donald McDonal. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Bairbre Power: Out and about 

It was a case of up with the larks for the Arnotts new season SS17 breakfast show, and the great turnout only underlines what keen interest there is in spotting new labels early. Valerie O'Neill, director of menswear, sportswear and childrenswear at Arnotts - pictured above with the store's MD, Donald McDonald - looked pleased as punch with the reaction, with lots of love directed to the Danish label Ganni, and the incredibly well-priced offerings from Miss Selfridge.

Peter O'Brien with, left, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor, and, right, chief executive of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland, Karen Hennessy

Bairbre Power... Out and about 

From one couturier to another, the tweed baton was handed over in sensational style at the Showcase 2017 event at the RDS. Back in 1956, couturier Sybil Connolly went north to Mourne Textiles in Rostrevorin Co Down and commissioned Gerd Hay-Edie to make her 'Mended Tweed' in a salt and pepper basket weave. Fashion scribes at the time raved about its enormous threads and "weave as clumsy as bad darning, but the fabric that looks so primitive is cunningly subtle and soft," according to Anne Scott-James, Lady Lancaster.

Tom Ford Party: Melissa Bancroft and Victoria Nebel from the Tom Ford office in London with Sandra Morris from Brown Thomas

Bairbre Power... Out and about 

Tears of all kinds were flowing at the Irish Tatler Men's awards held at the InterContinental hotel on Friday. Al Porter and Barry Murphy, winners of the entertainment and comedy categories, had us in knots of laughter. But there were tears of sadness, too, with a moving speech about the homelessness in Dublin from Brother Kevin Crowley who won the Hall of Fame award for his overwhelming charitable works since opening a shelter in Dublin for people in need in 1974.