Sunday 11 December 2016

Society: Five-star pampering at Adele gig, Kerry Fashion Week and Kathryn Thomas plays cupid

Published 13/03/2016 | 02:30

Rhona Blake; Moyra Coulson and Helen Mulcahy at 1878 at 3Arena. Photo: Naoise Culhane.
Rhona Blake; Moyra Coulson and Helen Mulcahy at 1878 at 3Arena. Photo: Naoise Culhane.
Jackie Given and Pippa O Connor in the 1878, the Private Members' Club at 3Arena before the Adele concert. Photo: Naoise Culhane.
Zoe O'Connor and Orla Diffily at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards. Photo: Pawel Nowak.
Louise Duffy and Paul Galvin at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards of the 8th Kerry Fashion Week in the Europe Hotel & Spa. Photo: Pawel Nowak.
Pat Kenny
Laura Mullet & Madeline Mulqueen at the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launch. Photo: Anthony Woods.
Peter O'Meara's Netflix show is like a TV version of The Revenant.
Kathyrn Thomas
Ruth Griffin, Paul Mooney and Nikki Cummins Black at the launch of Flormar Triple Action Mascara at the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.
Ciara McCaughey and Ella Deguzman at the launch of Flormar Triple Action Mascara at the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. Picture Conor McCabe Photography

Pippa O'Connor Ormond was robbed - that's all I have to say. The model turned blogger and business woman should have got five stars on TV3's The Restaurant and I say that as someone fortunate enough to have tasted the well chosen, beautifully prepared dinner she devised for the show at Marco Pierre White's The Courtyard restaurant in Donnybrook last August.

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This week, viewers saw Pippa get only four stars and she was, she admitted, disappointed. However, when I bumped into Pippa at the Adele concert last Saturday night, she was all smiles while we shared the secret of her missing star.

Pippa was one of the guests invited to the 1878 distinctive private members' club at the 3Arena. It's been one of the best kept secrets in Dublin and after being treated to their 'exclusive experience,' that's how I would like to do concerts in future.

Talk about five-star pampering all the way, it's designed for clients and guests who appreciate the finer things in life and if that means spotting a few stars on the way too, then all the better.

After years of reviewing concerts at the Point, the memories of trying to wrangle taxis after filing copy, or walking home in the rain after gigs are all too fresh in my mind. And so it was with a giant smirk on my face that I savoured all the finer, polished elements of the 1878 show experience, with pre-show drinks and dinner.

There's interval drinks if you want, though that didn't apply on Saturday because the songbird Adele - looking fabulous in sparkly Burberry - sang right through for two hours.

After the concert, we let the crowds dissipate and retired back to the club and dived into those plush leather and suede sofas to have a coffee and chat with other guests about Adele's stellar performance.

Titian-haired Virginia Fortune, general manager of the 1878, told me how they were catering for 600 guests that night in the club spread across three different lounge areas. My ears pricked when I heard how they have a "significant waiting list" for membership of this private club, where the annual subscription costs €10,500.

This annual fee brings 24 complimentary tickets to the club - concert tickets are extra - and it seems the corporates love it, and the transferrable tickets are shared with clients, for customer loyalty programmes and also as staff rewards. That's my kind of boss!

After Adele, the second biggest shout of the night went to Hozier, spotted as he took his front row seat.

Fashion's best come out to play in Kerry

By Bairbre Power

Paul Galvin was in sparkling form at the Irish Fashion Industry Awards at The Europe Hotel in Killarney last Friday.

His wife of two months, Louise Duffy from Today FM and TV3's Seven O'Clock Show looked fab in a dusky pink Erdem dress and Paul was wearing his own suit from his new Push collection which launched that very day in Dunnes Stores, worn with a pair of Wallaby suede wedges he bought online.

My favourite outfit of the night went to teenage fashionista Zoe O'Connor for her powder blue lace dress by local Kerry designer, Tina Griffin, styled with a pair of Dolce & Gabbana cross earrings

The merriment went on well into the night but I was in bed for midnight as I had to be on the road at 6am in order to be back in Dublin to host Weekend magazine's reader event with the Hemsley sisters, Mel and Jas, at Cooks Academy. My trusty Kadjar which Renault Ireland loaned me for the occasion, got me there in style.

Pat and Jet-Pack Man flying high at Samsung

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Self-confessed "tech nerd" Pat Kenny (below) looked like a kid in a candy store at the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge launch.

"I love gadgets so this is my idea of heaven," the Newstalk host said, strapping some virtual reality goggles around his head.

Having navigated TV3's general election coverage Pat is now considering his next TV move. "We're doing a post-mortem in the wake of the election and we'll see where it goes from there."

Dave Fanning, models Madeline Mulqueen and Louise O'Reilly crowded into the RDS for the wonderfully ostentatious shindig. Musician Ryan Sheridan took to the stage and belted out songs as glasses of wine were carted about.

Just as everyone was settling in nicely, the music stopped and we were instructed to insert some fluorescent earplugs.

"What's happening?" a startled looking Alan Hughes asked glancing around.

Pregnant ladies were asked to leave the room, dry ice billowed across the floor, and then Jet-Pack Man himself soared through the air.

He did several twists and turns before landing on stage and handing a phone to some Samsung big wig.

It's very hard to top that sort of excitement and drama so guests downed their wine and started to filter out.

I managed to nab Jet-Pack Man, aka laidback Californian Nick Macomber, who has flown across the world.

"It's an unusual career path to fall into," he said.

"But I was dumb enough to try it out and smart enough to stick with it. Now I've been all round the world and carried the Olympic torch during the 2012 games."

From high flying to high notes, Roddy Doyle was at the Gaiety Theatre this week to talk about his translation of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

The opera has been transposed to Doyle's hometown of Dublin.

"So will the mezzo-sopranos and tenors be singing about 'burds and bukes'?" one reporter asked.

The opera will have its world premiere at this year's Dublin Theatre Festival.

"It's a fantastic collaboration," director of the festival Willie White said. "A dead Austrian and Roddy Doyle? What more could you want?"

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'Love/Hate' star follows Leo into the wilderness

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Former Love/ Hate star Peter O'Meara is taking a leaf out of Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio book.

The actor has spent the past few months swaddled in fur and battling the elements as he shoots new Netflix series Frontier.

The six-part show is about the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. "It's a bit like a TV version of The Revenant," O'Meara said.

"Sub-zero temperatures and the wilderness."

O'Meara was back in town this week for the screening of new film Traders in which he stars alongside Killian Scott and comedian Dave McSavage.

"This movie was made on a shoestring," he said. "On a shoestring, a prayer and a ham sandwich."

Killian Scott arrived fresh from the set of Ripper Street.

It's been a hectic few weeks for the actor who helped his brother TD Eoghan Murphy canvass in the run up to GE16.

"I'll stick to acting, he can cover the politics," Killian said.

Cupid Kathryn heads to Kerry

By Bairbre Power

Love is in the air for Kathryn Thomas (below) and no, before you ask, the RTÉ Operation Transformation/The Voice presenter is not engaged or planning to get hitched anytime soon.

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However, Kathryn was all talk about romance when I bumped into her at Union 8 in Kilmainham, the new restaurant opened by her boyfriend, Padraig McLaughlin.

"I'm going to run a singles week at my Pure Results Bootcamp in Parknasilla, Sneem, Co Kerry," Kathryn beamed.

"I got the idea to run a singles week after last year's camps. The fact that the movie, The Lobster, was filmed in Parknasilla is just a coincidence and none of my clients will be turning into animals!"

Kathryn said, "I have always wanted to be a bit of a Cilla Black and I cannot wait to organise a fantastic week away for a group of girls and guys. My team are already calling me Cupid Kathryn, so the pressure is on.

"I've been describing a week at Pure Results a bit like summer camp for adults and it struck me, it is the perfect setting for a singles week," said Kathryn, who launches her 2016 bootcamps this month. The singles week takes place May 13-20.

Lashings of fun at Flormar beauty event

By Kirsty Blake Knox

The much missed Expresso Bar Café off Baggot Street was a second home for the likes of The Corrs, U2, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan and Louis Walsh.

Sadly, it closed its doors in 2013 but now the building is getting a new lease of life thanks to beauty experts Paula Callan and Derek Carberry who are in the middle of transforming the former restaurant into a beauty salon.

'Callan and Co' will be a "one-stop shop hair and beauty salon". Derek was on hand giving beauty masterclasses at the launch of Flormar's Triple Action Mascara this week.

Beauty bloggers flocked to the Morrison Hotel's art gallery to take a goo at the new mascara's adjustable wand which twists into three brush settings.

"So you can go natural, doll-eyed or full-on diva," a beauty boffin informed me.

Dubliner Paul Mooney is the man responsible for introducing the Italian brand to Ireland. Guests, including Siopaella's Ella de Guzman, and Weekend magazine's new beauty columnist Ruth Griffin, tucked into sushi, and sipped on glasses of Prosecco.

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