Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Our own Indy Power was one of the celebs contributing to the success of the first ever Leopardstown Ladies' Evening in aid of Breast Cancer Ireland.
Tiered afternoon teas served on the terrace included good-mood food from her best-selling book, The Little Green Spoon. Indy (pictured with Kate Harrington, jockey and assistant trainer to her mum, Jessica Harrington) is in the final stages of planning her summer nuptials at the family's home in France. "We're exactly three months to the wedding so all go and getting very excited," said Indy, who is also anticipating the wedding of her sister, Sophie, in France next weekend.
The Leopardstown race day was the brainchild of Tamso Doyle of Baroda Stud, posing above with racecourse manager Pat Keogh. Tamso wore a fab flower crown by former model-turned-milliner Sarah Stephens of Hat Society - which is located at the Dundrum Luas station and is defo worth a visit.
I had a modicum of success with the horses but nothing like lucky Joanne Fox on the night. She won a diamond pendant from Grace Diamonds and also second prize in the evening raffle. It was a terrific inaugural event and it raised €20,000 for Breast Cancer Ireland.
I was delighted to catch up with Kathy Kenny en famille (above) at the Bloom pre-launch party. We all know hubbie Pat has an enthusiasm for plants and his chats with Dermot O'Neill are always informative and inspiring. Turns out that Dermot advised Kathy on her garden in Dalkey, to which she has introduced lots of colour and unusual planting.
And speaking of family days out, Tom Keogh was pictured with wife Eimear and son Peter (below) at the annual Keogh Farm 'Perfect Picnic' at Riversdale House & Gardens. Guests enthusiastically joined in a six-course picnic tasting menu, featuring Irish produce from the suppliers used in the making of Keogh's crisps.
Check out designer Don O'Neill's A Fashion Journey Through Light films on Vimeo, which mark his pearl anniversary and 30 years in the biz. And to think it all started when the Ballyheigue man won a competition in the Irish Independent to study with Barbara Bourke!
I've caught the travel bug after meeting Explore's Ashley Toft, pictured above with Róisín O'Hea, at his party in House. The travel company has a menu of over 600 trips to more than 120 countries, and Explore execs were in Dublin to give a select number of guests the chance to have their brainwaves read to see exactly what type of holiday they really like. Ashley explained how the new software taps into your brain and will make a holiday recommendation based on your emotional reactions. The technique, known as EEG, tracks people's emotional responses to visual stimuli and interprets the subsequent electrical activity. Don't be surprised if I go kayaking on my next holiday!