Bairbre Power: Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Talk about an exciting finish - the victory of Harzand in the Irish Derby lifted the vaulted roof of the luxurious marquee where Colm McLoughlin (4, with rugby players Luke McGrath and James Tracy), Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Duty Free, hosted the great and good of Irish industry and sport at the Curragh last weekend.
The man with the biggest smile on the day was undoubtedly His Highness the Aga Khan, who happily accepted congratulations for the success of the three-year-old Colt who clinched the English-Irish Derby double.
It was a busy few days for Colm and his wife, Breeda. The previous night, they hosted a ball in aid of the Jack & Jill Foundation charity at the K Club where the 270 guests included HE Pat Hennessy, the Irish Ambassador to the UAE, birthday girl, Sinead El Sibai, Vice President Marketing of Dubai Duty Free and her husband, Jihad (2).
When I arrived, Gaybo signalled that his wife wanted to speak to me. Turns out Kathleen Watkins was rather smitten with my travel report on the Uniworld river cruise in France. The grandmother of five will celebrate her 82nd birthday in October, a week before launching Pigín of Howth, based on stories she used to make up for her grandson, Cian when he was three and living in London.
Kathleen posed with Breeda McLoughlin (1) and then treated me to an exclusive preview of Pigín's adventures on the Dart and his dapper suit "made with Magee tweed spun by the fairies."
Always the supreme raconteur, Gay has just finished a nationwide roadshow, with 46 two-hour shows in which he recites, amongst things, golden oldies from Cecil Sheridan.
I had fashion matters to attend to as Style Ambassador for the Curragh for the weekend. Our Best Dressed winner, Eva Hayes Morrissey from Limerick, brought her hubbie, Paul, and their baby, Tristan, back to celebrate at the marquee.