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Saturday 23 September 2017

It's cake on the House for Bray birthday boy Hozier

Hozier: Possibly a greater party animal than Bono?
Hozier: Possibly a greater party animal than Bono?
Hail the golden couple: Robbie and Claudine Keane
Sinead Cusack
Lindsay Lohan was spotted in VNYL
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

What makes Hozier a legend? Let me count the ways. He has one of the most incredible voices to emerge out of these islands since Van Morrison or Luke Kelly.

He can sing the socks off Bono. And possibly even host a better party than the U2 singer, too.

The greatest soul-belter of his generation - make that any generation - celebrated his big day on Friday night (St Patrick's) with a small gathering in House on Leeson Street.

Whatever about to Church, you can certainly take Hozier to House.

He marked his 27th year in the hipster establishment's Wine Room and Library.

Arriving at 7.30pm, Andrew was joined by 20 of his closest friends and enjoyed celebrations until a reasonable hour for someone critically feted all over the world for his voice.

House's manager Carol Byrne personally presented Andrew with his cake at approximately 11pm before leaving the Bray birthday boy and his pals to enjoy some finger food and continue the well-deserved celebrations.

All the President's men (and Sinead Cusack) tonight

A rumour gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

Apologies to Churchill: I have it on good authority that one of Ireland's greatest-ever Presidents and his lovely wife will pitch up at a certain theatre on Cavendish Row in Dublin tonight at 8pm.

And that a certain legendarily artistic director will greet them, along with Ralph Fiennes, Jeremy Irons, Sinead Cusack, Barry McGovern and Ingrid Craigie who will later perform readings from Beckett, Friel and Pinter (and then dine in Chapter One).

The aforesaid moustachioed legend of Irish theatre's three children will also be attending his last-ever show.

And the curtain will fall forever on a golden era.

Deck the Halls of Fame with Robbie...

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Hail the golden couple: Robbie and Claudine Keane

Hail the golden couple: Robbie and Claudine Keane

Sorry - this column is all about Dublin this Sunday - but there was a lot going on last weekend in the capital.

So don't write in all at once to demand my head is spiked on top of the railings outside Trinity College, OK?

Last Saturday night, the Ireland rugby team were in Xico on Lower Baggot Street to rightly celebrate their win over England earlier that day. The team arrived at approximately 11pm before leaving in the early hours.

Across Stephen's Green in 37 on Dawson Street on the following night - Sunday - Robbie Keane was in with his beautiful wife Claudine to celebrate his Hall of Fame award. Is it just me or do Robbie and Claudine seem to be everywhere at the moment? A couple you rarely see out and about, Amy Huberman and Brian O'Driscoll, were spotted in House on Saturday night. The nation's most loved couple - joined by friends - opted for a corner on the heated terrace where they stayed and danced for the night, my source on Leeson Street told me.

On the same night, Pippa O'Connor and her BFF Brian Dowling popped in at midnight for drinks, dancing and the like.

I promise to get out beyond the Pale next week.

Carmel entertains the great and the good

A man's face is his autobiography, to quote Mr Wilde, a woman's face is her work of fiction. Or, perhaps more appropriately, like the beautiful paintings in the house of art that she has done so much for over the year. The ever-lovely Carmel Naughton, the first woman ever to chair the board of the National Gallery, and her husband Martin were at a dinner hosted by Sotheby's two weeks ago.

The pair, who were named in 2016 as National Philanthropists of the Year, in recognition of their generosity and leadership in supporting the arts, were the life and soul. The dinner - put on by Taste, Domini Kemp's catering firm - for a select 50 guests at The National Gallery was after the privileged few were treated to a private tour of the Caravaggio exhibition as well as a look around the renovated gallery which will open to the public in June. The great, the good and the grandees among the dinner guests included Patrick Guinness, Lord Henry and Iona Mount Charles, Lord and Lady Iveagh, Louise Kennedy, the aforesaid Martin and Carmel Naughton, as well as George Gordon, Arabella Bishop and Gavin Lambe- Murphy. The charismatic Carmel gave a small, if entertaining speech, about her time at the gallery and the discovery of the famous Caravaggio on Leeson Street. Carmel said she felt as if she was living at the gallery at the time as every waking hour was consumed with the discovery; and how she came in daily from Co Meath at all hours to secure the painting.

During the speech Carmel also joked that Martin was giving her the eye to speed things up, but the truth was that your diarist thinks that everyone could have listened to Carmel all evening. Not least because she really is quite the storyteller.

The entertainment was continued afterwards in the bar of The Merrion Hotel around the corner. And why not?

Lindsay's full Irish in the East Village

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Lindsay Lohan was spotted in VNYL
 

Lindsay Lohan was spotted in VNYL

Lindsay Lohan told Fox News last week that she was ready for a new beginning in Hollywood after a few mishaps in the limelight of La La Land. The star of Mean Girls was spotted being her new serene self in the Irish-owned VNYL emporium in the East Village on Third Avenue two weeks ago with some pals. It was a sort of homecoming for the superstar as she was, of course, born in New York.

Owned by James Morrissey Junior and actor/musician Adrian Grenier, VNYL (which has also recently hosted Kevin Jonas and Questlove) was heralded last week on CBS as one of NYC's best restaurants for celebrity sightings. Begorra.

Or in fact, not begorra at all.

As un-hipster Grey Lady herself of Tara Street, The Irish Times, said last year of the rise of hipster Irish hangouts in New York, 'The Irish bar is dead, long live the Irish bar'.

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