Monday 1 May 2017

The Edge: Imelda has a boom-boom birthday bash for mum

Back in black: Imelda May shows off her new look
Back in black: Imelda May shows off her new look
New mum Heidi Higgins, who was in Paris last week at the Premier Vision Fabric Fair, will be showcasing her new Spring Summer collection on the night
Valentines: Rosanna and Wes brought Chris along too
Deirdre Kelly
Aoife Walsh
Blaise O'Donnell
Kate Verling
Congratulations: Jason and Carina are engaged
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

She could so easily have celebrated the imminent release of her sublime new album - Life Love Flesh Blood, produced by T Bone Burnett - with a big boom-boom of a bash. Instead the incomparable Imelda May had a little birthday party for her mother Madge last Wednesday evening in The Westbury.

The discreet soiree for six, including the birthday girl plus husband Tony and Imelda and family and friends, took place in Wilde, the swish 1930s-style restaurant upstairs in the five-star hotel off Grafton Street.

There was birthday cake - and given that Imelda has one of the great voices of the modern era, plenty of singing of Happy Birthday too.

"She is an amazing mother," Imelda told me. "An incredible woman. She is a rebel, too. She is stubborn and headstrong and artistic - and very, very strong-willed. I got that from her, and my daughter gets that from me.

"My mother left school at 13 and has an incredible mind. She loves politics and art. She has a great relationship with my dad.

"They're still madly in love after all these years. She is a great woman, my mother - so of course we had a party for her."

And so say all of us.

Let's stay fashionably on-message at ARC show

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I'd like to take this opportunity to say Morning Ireland to the Sunday Independent's one million or so readers. Meanwhile, Morning Ireland deity Aine Lawlor has just been confirmed as a very special guest for the ARC fashion show at the RDS on March 2.

"When you get cancer you need medicine, support and a listening ear - but you also need cheerfulness as a way to feel better," the Coolock-born broadcaster told your diarist. "ARC cancer support centres provide the support - and the annual ARC fashion show provides lots of cheer."

Brown Thomas is also on-board, for the fourth year in a row. They've donated some chic raffle prizes for the night.

And new mum Heidi Higgins (above), who was in Paris last week at the Premier Vision Fabric Fair, will showcase her new Spring/ Summer collection too.

Chris and Christy to duet? The rumour starts here

Joxer might have gone to Stuttgart, but "ordinary man" Christy Moore goes to hipster village Glasthule - and in particular Rasam restaurant on Valentine's night with his family, a group of seven, for a slap-up dinner. Doubtless he didn't forget to shovel in the gourmet grub.

It was a good night for singers in the trendy Indian emporium on Glasthule Road because Chris de Burgh was also in on St Valentine's night, with his daughter Rosanna and son-in-law Wesley Quirke.

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Valentines: Rosanna and Wes brought Chris along too

Christy got up at one point and went over to chat to Chris at his table for a decent amount of time. Could a culturally monumental significant music collaboration be on the cards? A Spaceman Came Travelling To Lisdoonvarna? Patricia The Stripper (The Shameless Lady In Red)?

Back in the city centre, Davos Seaworth - sorry, I mean actor Liam Cunningham who plays the landed knight on Game Of Thrones - was spotted last weekend in his usual spot in House on Leeson Street with some pals. His 'usual spot' being in the heated garden on a Saturday night.

It was a particularly busy Saturday night, too, with Brian and Pippa Ormond in the nightclub with the presenter and their BF, Brian Dowling.

Further into the city centre of the nation's capital, legend of the horse world AP McCoy was in 37 on Dawson Street on Saturday night with friends until 12.30.

Globe-trotters jet off to the US of Trump

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She hasn't seemed to stay in one place since she - and her family - sadly vacated Gorse Hill in Killiney, once upon a time, has she?

I speak, of course, of Blaise O'Donnell, above. She, of the once-famous orange guna, was spotted on Valentine's Day in Dublin at the registry office wedding of her VBF Melissa McKey. She was looking stunning in a black dress (mercifully the orange guna appears to be have been put in mothballs.)

I'm told that Blaise is expected at the actual wedding reception for Melissa in Cape Town next week. (Speaking of that part of the globe, Deirdre Kelly - remember her? Angels Quest charity queen and former director of A-Wear? - celebrated her birthday in Nobu on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town two weeks ago.)

Also with a fabulous future wedding to go to (her own) is the beautiful blonde Kate Verling, director of Mink Hand & Foot Spa salons in Donnybrook and Ballsbridge, who is due to marry her beau Patrick Durkan, rumour has it, during the summer in Italy.

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Another Irish beauty travelling the globe is flame-haired former Miss Ireland Aoife Walsh, above. She has been in the USA since the New Year, presumably with her Irish beau, Gary.

My Deep Throats in the model world tell me that the gorgeous gadabout has been spotted holidaying in the Dominican Republic before heading off to Malibu, Laguna Beach, San Francisco, Beverly Hills - and is now (deep breath) in New York, where the Clonmel-born catwalk queen has just been signed to MSA Models. Begorra.

Does anyone do staycations any more? No, not even future president Miriam O'Callaghan it seems, who has just returned from Las Vegas and her daughter Alannah's hen hooley in Sin City.

Wedding singer gets another gig - his own

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At least he won't be stuck for a wedding singer. After performing for 1,000 brides and grooms with the Irish Rat Pack and his Wedding Hypnotist show, Jason O'Callaghan is booked in to be one of the stars of his own big day.

Last week - on his birthday - he proposed to Galway beauty Carina Kelleher in New York during a cruise on the Hudson River. The proposal (yes, he was down on one knee) came just after he sang Fly Me to the Moon with the boat's band. "We are together six years and have two children," Jason said, referring to Camille (4) and Ethan (3), "and we are expecting our third in June."

The engagement trip was organised in secret, Jason told me, with special thanks to Fitzpatrick Hotel Group, which "helped organise the New York side of things and put us up in their Manhattan hotel".

To celebrate their good news, Jason and Carina enjoyed The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, afternoon tea in The Russian Tea Room and lunch in the River Cafe overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge before taking a horse and carriage ride through Central Park.

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