Wednesday 7 December 2016

Queen Anne to return to our screens

Published 18/10/2015 | 02:30

Anne Doyle launches 'What Matters' in Eason, Dublin.
Anne Doyle launches 'What Matters' in Eason, Dublin.
Claudine King & Libby Murray at the launch of the newly refurbished salon, Elysian Brows
Queen Rania of Jordan at the Women in the World Summit in London
Sisters in Law Emer Kilroy, The Elms and Eleanor Kilroy, Baylin were supporting 'Breast Cancer Research' at 'Lunch by the Lake' in Wineport Lodge, Athlone
Dympna Cunniffe, organiser, Sharon Bannerton, Ballinasloe; Marion Donaghue, organiser and Tina McNabola of Colm Quinn, sponsor supporting 'Breast Cancer Research' at 'Lunch by the Lake' in Wineport Lodge, Athlone
Michelle Doherty at the premiere of The Hit Producer

The former queen of the RTE newsroom, Anne Doyle, is to return to our TV sets. Huzzah!

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"I'm doing a programme for RTE all about 1916," Anne said proudly.

"We're taking a jaunt down to my home county of Wexford to look at the history."

Working on the show has been something of a learning curve for Anne.

"I've discovered all these distant cousins living in far off places thanks to the magical power of the internet. So hopefully I'll get a holiday out of it." She doesn't miss a trick does she?

After presenting the news on RTE for 33 years, Anne retired on Christmas Day, 2011 and has previously admitted she doesn't miss the workload she had to deal with in her final years.

"Because we did bulletins for Lyric and Radio One I had something every half-hour - it was a terrible pain in the a**e," Anne said.

"You wouldn't have had much time to have a conversation with anyone in the latter years, so it became quite anti-social that way."

Anne was in flying form at the launch of Mary Kennedy's book What Matters in Dublin this week.

"Mary is the type of woman who gets things done," Anne said. "I start out with good intentions but fade by lunch time."

Practically everyone in Montrosia seems to be hawking a book these days.

Joe Duffy, Ryan Tubridy and Marty Whelan are all shouting about history books, children's books and autobiographies.

"It's simply not fair," Marty wailed. "Ryan and Joe have written a multitude of books, this is my first go - surely that counts for something? Don't I deserve special treatment?" The Winning Streak host was there to support his pal Mary and bustled about recalling the ghosts of TV shows past. "Open House - now that was a programme!" he said. In the corner of the room, Mary signed books frantically while her daughter Eva Foster showed off her sparkling engagement ring.

"I had no idea weddings were so much planning," she said. "It's a little overwhelming but there's still a year to go."

Star of Mrs Brown's Boys Eilish O'Carroll, aka Winnie McGoogan, and her partner Marian O'Sullivan were enjoying some down time after filming the sitcom's hugely popular Christmas specials."They're classics," she said proudly. "Brendan has outdone himself".

Dashing across the road to the Gaiety Theatre, I made it through the doors in the nick of time to catch Fiona Looney's new theatre show Are You There Garth? It's Me, Margaret which chronicles the cancellation of Garth Brooks Croker gigs in 2014.

It was a full house with Ray D'Arcy, Love/Hate actress Aoibhinn McGinnity, comedian Al Porter and broadcaster Colette Fitzpatrick amongst the throngs.

"Garthgate is similar to my love life," Al said. "A lot of build up but very little pay off."

Meanwhile...

Brows 'on fleek' at Libby's launch

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Stylish dames have always had good eyebrow game; from Marlene Dietrich's pencilled arches, and Audrey Hepburn's calligraphic swish, to Cara Delevigne's big and bushy brows. Statement brows give good face.

Something that business woman Libby Murray - owner of Elysian Brows on Dublin's trendy South William Street - knows all about.

This week Libby threw open the doors of her refurbished salon and invited an assortment of beauty boffins to take a look around.

Stylists Lorna Weightman, Laura Mullet and model boss Derek Daniels all tucked into cake pops and champers. Meanwhile Libby recalled the time she was tasked with ensuring all of Beyonce's backing dancer's brows were "on fleek". Having received a zippy pampering, guests headed into the night, voguing as they went.

Streep's ahead for Women in the World

By Bairbre Power

Sometimes it's OK to declare that you've got a girl crush so let's just say that everyone in my social circle heard that I was going to see Meryl Streep address the Women In The World: Generation Girl conference sponsored by Dove.

I've covered many red carpets events in my time, it didn't cost me a thought to hang around in my heels outside bantering with the paps, waiting for A lister celebrities to arrive

There was Tina Brown, aka Lady Evans, CBE, the magazine editor/columnist and talk-show host who founded Women in the World in New York six years ago and since then ­­it has grown to be one of the most influential forums in the world for women.

Guests on the opening night included Princess Beatrice of York, statuesque model, Erin O'Connor, Irish designer Zoe Jordan and Elizabeth Emanuel who designed Princess Diana's wedding dress,

Actress Achana "Archie" Panjabi best known for her Emmy-winning role as private-investigator Kalinda Sharma in The Good Wife created a stir when she arrived on the red carpet as did Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan who spoke most eloquently about a royal role in the Middle East and the plight of the millions of war refugees. Actress Nicole Kidman was surprisingly honest when asked by Tina Brown about life after her divorce from Tom Cruise. There was a palpable, sharp intake of breath. Would she want to go there? However, Nicole explained how the breakup made her focus on her work but how holding her gold Oscar statue after winning Best Actress in The Hours was "the loneliest I'd ever been".

Meryl discussed dangerous women and her role, however short on camera, playing Emmeline Pankhurst in the new movie Suffragette and delighted the packed audience with her bon mots and enthusiasm for the global conference.

Cara Delevingne proved the perfect bookend to keep the audience in their seats to the very end. She arrived with fellow model, Kendall Jenner, and posed in the Dove Lounge for photographs with 30 young girls involved in the Dove Self Esteem project. The beauty brand linked up with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and hosted 30 ambitious young women from all around the globe including Dara Daly from Cork, for three days of self-esteem building workshops and leadership development.

Also invited was Lauren Boyle from Foxrock, the 10-year old who taught coding to Enda Kenny and Irish beauty blogger, Melanie Murphy.

Dare to be pink and bubbles by the lake

By Bairbre Power

Ladies wearing touches of pink - a complete roomful of them! It was quite an awesome, uplifting sight and the sense of celebration over adversity was a powerful asset at the annual Lunch at the Lake held in the Wineport restaurant in Glasson, Co Westmeath, a place I love to visit even if only for a few hours.

The organisers sensationally beat their target of raising €10,000 for Breast Cancer Research and the highlight of the day was a fashion show by the Olivia Danielle style emporium. All roads lead to Athlone, it seems, judging by the numbers of ladies descending on the fashion boutique for their occasion, daywear and colourful faux furs from brands like from Nissa, Sonia Pena and Linea Raffaelli.

I chatted with the boutique's chic owner, Olivia Cochrane and her sister, Josie Slammon, who chose the outfits for the show. They were supporting their sister, Dympna Cunniffe who is a cancer survivor and one of the organisers of the hugely popular charity event.

Hooked by fish dishes and a pint

By Bairbre Power

Many's the pint that Padraig McLoughlin  enjoyed over the years,  standing outside Dublin's famous pub, Kehoes on South Anne Street and thinking, what a great crossroads for a restaurant.

On Thursday night, he achieved his dream, opening the capital's newest restaurant, Catch 22, with business partner Paul Dooley and Padraig was cheered on by his better half, TV star, Kathryn Thomas.

Now while Padraig hasn't read the Joseph Heller satirical novel by the same name as his new venture, he has hatched a plan to create a seafood hotspot serving everything from Castletownbere smoked salmon to Atlantic mackerel.

But it was their dessert option that grabbed my attention!

"We give a token and our diners can go across the road to Kehoes for a drink and that way, it frees up tables too," said Padraig.

If the Carlingford oysters and seafood served at the opening night were anything to go by, Paul and Padraig will have a hit on their hands - and their demeanour will match their neighbours at Smiles Dental clinic. The irony is that the pair with a love for great shellfish come from the landlocked midlands - Padraig from Tullamore, Paul from Birr.

"But we always had a Fish friday in our house," said Padraig.

Michelle hits the red carpet for her movie premiere

By Kirsty Blake Knox

The delightful Michelle Doherty touched down in Dublin this week for the Irish premiere of her new film The Hit Producer.

The former model and DJ plays the part of gun toting alpha bitch Katelin in the drama.

"It's brilliant. I'm taking on a character I'd never have anything in common with," she said reassuringly.

Based in London, Michelle and her partner Mark O'Shea welcomed their "wee man" Max into the world 14 months ago.

The Donegal native is eager to organise a few play dates with her former TV3 colleague and new mum Karen Koster.

"I haven't met Karen's baby Finn yet but he's a gorgeous little thing," she said.

Male model Sam Homan, actress Aoibhin Garrihy and Red Rock's Adam Weafer all cheered Michelle on at the red carpet premiere.

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