Louis spills beans on his love for 'Mrs O'

Awesome: Louis Walsh and Dermot O'Neill

Louis Walsh was loquacious, relaxed and in the mood for a little retail therapy when I bumped into him after he launched Dermot O'Neill's stylish new book, Clondeglass: A Secret Garden Revealed, at the Solomon gallery on Wednesday.

"I am so impressed by Dermot and when he invited me to launch his book, I immediately said Yes," said Louis.

"I think Dermot O'Neill is an artist, not just a gardener. When I saw his TV show about Clondeglass, it was so honest and real as he spoke about his fight against cancer. I think he is a real role model for Irish people."

Louis was dashing off to Shane Filan's record launch but he gave me the inside track on the X Factor.

"It's the first time in 10 years that all the judges got on and we've never had as much fun. Mrs O is so funny and bold. She sends notes to myself and Gary during the show, she's hilarious, I love her," said Louis.

There was lots of love for Dermot on Wednesday night. He was surrounded by old pals like Suzanne Macdougald, who started the Solomen Gallery and before that ran a little gardening business with Dermot in Dún Laoghaire "yonks ago after I got this mad idea to sell pots".

Cookery supremo Darina Allen was there, enjoying a glass of champagne after cooking for the hungry web summit folk in town.

"There were a group of us who cooked for 8,000 people as part of a food summit event," she said.

RTÉ producer Regina Luby was there with her other half, actor David Herlihy, who was Chuck in RTÉ's Glenroe drama and plays Ray Burke in Citizen Charlie, which is currently being filmed.

How did he get into character, I asked. "I meditate on brown envelopes," he replied.

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