Sweet serenade for Valerie as Dun cuts it with Rose
A BEAUTIFUL woman sat on her own in the Unicorn restaurant one evening last week wearing a T-shirt with "Guess" on it. So I said: "That's easy. He's either blind or stupid." That's a joke.
The only guesswork involved in the Unicorn in Merrion Row that evening was which bunch of celebs they would try to squeeze you in between. This was because recession-busting beauties Valerie Roe, Andrea Roche, Elaine Roddy, Tara O'Connor, Tara Sinnott (daughter of former owner of the Olympia Theatre, Gerry) and Pamela Flood seemed to have taken the whole place over. Not that owner Giorgio Casari appeared to mind.
When Eamon Dunphy came in at 8.30pm from Residence next door -- where he was enjoying a catch-up drink with his lifelong pal, La Stampa owner Louis Murray -- he promptly joined their table. He smoothed his entrance by buying them a bottle of Dom Perignon. Once dinner was completed, they all decamped to the Unicorn's piano bar. It was here that Eamon came into his own, serenading all the girls on the microphone from behind the piano.
He dedicated his rendition of Bette Midler's The Rose to Valerie Roe, with whom he spent so many memorable nights in Lillie's Bordello over the years. "Some say love, it is a river that drowns the tender reed, some say love, it is a razor that leaves your soul to bleed,'' he sang. Some in the piano bar were heard to wish they had razors on them but they were the curmudgeons.
After polishing off the bottle of Dee Pee, Eamon and Valerie, Andrea, Pamela (who met her boyfriend, restaurateur Ronan Ryan of Town Bar & Grill fame in Residence later) and the rest of the bon vivants headed next door again to Il Segreto, Giorgio's new restaurant, for some more atmosphere. Later, they ended up in Residence, where Eamon was heard to sing once more -- this time with Picturehouse singer Dave Brown. That's what's called squaring the social circle.