Society: 'Roysh' role comes up for Aoibhín and SS16 is in full swing
Actress Aoibhín Garrihy is becoming a dab hand at playing high society princesses.
Not only has she been cast as the HRH of SoCoDu - Sorcha O'Carroll Kelly - in Paul Howard's Breaking Dad but she's also landed the role of Gwendoline Fairfax in the Gate Theatre's production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
Aoibhín will join Michael Colgan, theatre director Patrick Mason and The Gate crew as they head to South Carolina for the Spoleto Festival.
The Gate crew are the sweethearts of the prestigious festival so Aoibhín should have a rip roaring good time. "I'm really looking forward to that," she said. But before the US, the Fair City actress is preparing to play Ross O'Carroll Kelly's former flame.
"I would be lying if I said I didn't know a Sorcha or two - so in that respect it feels very familiar," she said.
Aoibhín will share the stage with Love/Hate actor Laurence Kinlan, Rory Nolan and Vikings star Philip O'Sullivan. The Breaking Dad cast assembled at the Gaiety Theatre this week for a pow-wow with writer Howard and press. Bride-to-be Aoibhín also chatted about her upoming wedding to hotelier John Burke. "Being in the business of weddings with the hotel, I really trust him when it comes to the dos and don'ts. I really want the vibe to be relaxed and for everyone to just have a ball," she said.
Perhaps she should ask the ladies at Tropical Popical to give her a hand. The nail salon was buzzing on Wednesday morning as jewellery label Alex and Ani launched its stackable rings collection.
It seems ever since Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan relentlessly plugged the nail bar on The Ellen Show the place has become the hottest spot in town.
Guests got their nails painted before posing for the 'Mani Cam'.
"Your nails are like jewels," one nail technician told me. Guests supped on orange and green juices and overnight oats from Blacksheep Food.
Newly engaged blogger Holly White checked out the jewels while Tropical Popical owner Andrea Horan flitted about.
Across town model Rozanna Purcell set up her pop up shop promoting her book Natural Born Feeder and juices.
Boyfriend Bressie acted as courier carting boxes of beetroot, almond butter and mushroom protein powder around.
"This is so much harder than modelling," Roz said.
Helen's Ceadogán do attitude to interiors
By Kirsty Blake Knox
I'm glad to hear that Helen Cody - whose delicate dresses are a favourite with the likes of Amy Huberman, Sarah Greene and Lily James - isn't afraid of hard graft.
Cody rolled her sleeves up when collaborating with artisan rug makers Ceadogán on their line of plush new carpets.
"Interiors is where I started out - I've hauled cement out of buildings in wheel barrows and into skips so I'm well versed in the glamour of it all," she laughed. Helen's stand out designs went on display at Dublin's Solomon Art Gallery this week.
Guests manically dashed between the two adjacent spaces, ooh-ing and aah-ing at pictures and chinking wine glasses.
Cody wasn't the only artist showcasing her latest work; painter Helen O'Sullivan Tyrell's show 'Tribe' was launched by Diarmaid Ferriter.
It was a bit of a homecoming for O'Sullivan Tyrell - who has returned from Brussels.
"I went over as a political activist and came back a painter," she said. "Which was a bit of a career U-Turn."
Hoteliers' night out in City of the Tribes
By Bairbre Power
The Galway Hospitality Industry ball was revived last year and quickly became the social event of the 2015 calendar in the City of the Tribes.
Last weekend, members of the Irish Hotels Federation, Skal International Galway, the Restaurant Association and local vintners come together to let their hair down and have a night off ahead of what is forecast as a busy season ahead.
John and Maggie Ryan of the Ardilaun Hotel and the hotel's founder, the super elegant Breda Ryan, (pictured above) played host for this year's ball.
Breda is legendary in Galway circles and her late husband Paddy was Mayor of Galway when President Kennedy visited in June 1963 and when the cavalcade passed the family home at Foster Street, JFK got out to meet the family.
The ball was organised by IHF Galway Branch president, Shay Livingstone, MD of the Connacht Hotel along with Noreen D'Arcy, president of Skal International Galway, David Keogh of Busker Brownes, Fergus O'Halloran from the Twelve boutique hotel in Barna and Galway publican John Mannion.
John owns several Galway pubs including the Dáil Bar which lives up to its name and appropriately, political discussions about the upcoming election are lively! As director of the Galway Food Festival, John is busy with fellow director and Michelin-starred restaurant operator, JP McMahon, preparing for the fifth Galway Food Festival over the Easter weekend.
John Concannon who is driving Ireland's 2016 Centenary Celebrations was guest of honour at the ball which also honoured Macnas street performance company for creative brilliance. Artistic director, Noeline Kavanagh, and Macnas chairperson, Dr Ronan Kavanagh, collected the award.
MC for the evening was Galway Bay FM's Keith Finnegan and the local charity Jigsaw - which delivers services for young people suffering from mental health issues - was a beneficiary also.
Amongst the guests were Stephen McNally, deputy CEO of Dalata Hotels and current national president of the Irish Hotels Federation, Sean O Driscoll, national president of Skal International and GM of the five star Muckross Park Hotel and Spa in Killarney, Cllr Frank Fahy, Mayor of Galway city and Galway County Cathaoirleach, Cllr Peter Roche.
Spring summer show leaves us in a swoon
By Bairbre Power
A stunning snowy white carpet and hundreds of hydrangeas from Appassionata greeted guests attending the Brown Thomas showcase of their SS16 collections at the Merrion Hotel on Thursday.Shelly Corkery, fashion director of the Brown Thomas Group hosted the invite-only show which was an opportunity for loyal customers to see many key designer pieces before they hit shop rails.
There was lots of love for Stella McCartney which Shelly wore on the day with stand-out gold Gucci mules.
Peter Pilotto opened the show, Erdem closed it and in between, we swooned at Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Stella and Thierry Mugler. It was a lovely relaxed fashion day. I met Caroline Harrington who told me how her eight-year-old son, Ciaran, is in the finals of Doodle for Google.
Voting closes tomorrow and her hubby's sports pals including Shane Lowry, AP McCoy and Brian O'Driscoll have added their support by retweeting Padraig's tweet of parental pride.
Brian back after Kim's tropical do
By Kirsty Blake Knox
Fresh from the Caribbean haven of Barbados, Big Brother champ Brian Dowling touched down in Dublin this week with his husband Arthur Gourounlian.
Brian recently attended the wedding of Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh (above) and waxed lyrical about the day. "It was beautiful," he said. "Kimberley looked amazing."
Unfortunately Brian didn't have the dirt on whether or not Nadine Coyle had been invited or if Cheryl discussed Jean-Bernard. Boo. Dowling is gearing up for a busy 2016 after taking things easy last year.
"I was playing the role of an adoring house husband - I did very little," he said at the launch of Just Eats Valentine's Survey.
"I went to the gym, watched the soaps during the afternoon and next thing I knew it would be 6pm. And I'd wonder 'Where did the day go?'"
Brian hopes to work closely with his BFF Pippa O'Connor this year. He would like Pippa to act as either co-host on a TV chatshow or as the surrogate mum to his and Arthur's child.
"I'd love to do a show with her but she's so busy taking over the world," he said.
Life is sweet for Mark ahead of Valentine's Day
By Bairbre Power
There were lots of bubbles and handmade chocolates to pamper the ladies for Valentine's when Brown Sugar celebrated the opening of its latest hair and make-up salon in Ranelagh.
Word got around fast that Mark O'Keeffe's coiffing style squad had arrived in Dublin 6 and the uber chic salon designed by Celine Cummins quickly filled up. Mark was in ebullient form when I met him, celebrating the opening of the newest salon in his fast expanding 'Sugar Culture' brand.
The salon on Main Street is his third and there's also Cubed and the male salon, Sugar Daddy on Exchequer Street where world champ Conor McGregor is a regular.
The run up to Valentine's Day has been sweet too for Louise Stokes of Loulerie who launched new engagement rings.
Seamus Fahy of Voltaire Diamonds reported "the strong trend at present is for classic oval shaped diamond rings and yellow diamonds are in strong demand too", at his showrooms on South King Street.