Wednesday 26 April 2017

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson 'loved coming here' to join Dublin scene

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was a regular visitor to Irish shores.
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was a regular visitor to Irish shores.
Valerie Roe
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at Alnwick Castle on June 22, 2013 in Alnwick, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
Jane Last

Jane Last

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson was the archetypal London "It girl" with an aristocratic "old money" background - and she was a regular visitor to these shores.

She was a popular guest on the chat show circuit both here and in the UK, appearing on Tubridy Tonight, Ryan Tubridy's RTE One Saturday night show, in 2006.

However, her appearance sparked concern for her well-being, with critics saying she appeared "wild-eyed" and was "laughing inappropriately", while insisting many times she was "drug-free".

She appeared on Brendan O'Connor's Saturday night show four years later, telling viewers her story of being an "It girl" and her spiral into cocaine addiction. She then went on to tell viewers: "I've had lots of drinks today."

Tara infamously checked into a rehab facility in Arizona after a shambolic appearance on Frank Skinner's UK chat show in 1999.

Former Lillie's Bordello hostess Valerie Roe, meanwhile, once recalled how Tara would regularly fly over to Dublin to visit Lillie's on Friday nights with friends, just when the club was a focal point for Irish A-listers.

In an interview with the Sunday Independent in 2010, Tara recalled how she came to Ireland for a spell in the mid-1990s.

"In London, people had started to resent me, but when I came to Ireland they just thought it was hilarious and loved it, so I loved coming here," she said.

Valerie Roe
Valerie Roe

"Look, you go where you're popular and where people are pleased to see you, and people were not that pleased to see me anymore in England!

"One year after that, I had a bit of a full-blown habit, and my nice walks in Monkstown had turned into me window-dancing, off my box, in the penthouse of the Clarence, with my friends at the other windows, all in sequinned bikinis, thinking we were in Amsterdam because we'd taken so much of everything.

"I'm not saying I'm proud of it. It's not something that I condone or advise, but the first part of it was such good fun."

Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at Alnwick Castle on June 22, 2013 in Alnwick, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)
Tara Palmer-Tomkinson attends the wedding of Melissa Percy and Thomas van Straubenzee at Alnwick Castle on June 22, 2013 in Alnwick, England. (Photo by Danny E. Martindale/Getty Images)

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