Thursday 25 December 2014

The Diary: Wedding bells on menu for busy new dad Ronan

Published 10/11/2013 | 01:00

A cut above: At the launch were Pat Whelan and Mari O'Leary
A cut above: At the launch were Pat Whelan and Mari O'Leary
A cut above: At the launch were Samantha Leslie, Mary McGuckian and Ronan Ryan

Life simply couldn't be better for businessman, chef and restaurateur Ronan Ryan, as The Diary discovered earlier this week.

Not only is he putting the final touches to his new restaurant in Dublin 2, but he and long-term partner Pamela Flood, who gave birth to the couple's baby daughter Elsie in October, are also planning a 2014 wedding.

We bumped into him at the launch of Pat Whelan and Katy McGuinness's The Irish Beef Book on Wednesday evening, taking place on the top floor of Avoca on Dublin's Suffolk Street, courtesy of owner Amanda Pratt.

"We got engaged about four weeks ago, after Elsie was born," a beaming Ronan said.

"We've only started telling our friends this week, so it's very exciting. We're thinking about next summer, date-wise, but no venue yet."

Paddy Bollard, right-hand man to fashion designer Louise Kennedy, has been enlisted to plan the occasion for the happy couple.

"Paddy organised my 40th for me so we've asked him to do the wedding as well," Ronan said.

He mingled over a glass of champagne with Patrick Hanley, general manager of Sheen Falls Lodge, who travelled up especially for the event, and filmmaker Mary McGuickian.

Mary has just returned from France where production wrapped on The Price of Desire, the forthcoming biopic on Eileen Gray.

"Everything's going according to plan, we're in post-production now, so were aiming for release in autumn 2014," she said.

Peter O'Brien was installed as the costume designer for the film and Mary was full of praise for the couturier.

"He was superb, he was everything we could've hoped for and more."

The director was accompanied by old friend Samantha Leslie, owner of Monaghan hotel, Castle Leslie.

"I actually wrote the script for the movie at Sami's house," Mary noted as the pair caught up.

As Pat Whelan was congratulated by guests including PR guru Mari O'Leary, they were treated to mini burger sliders.

For the more daring diners, as top butcher Pat Whelan himself put it, smoked brisket was also being served and went down a treat.

The Diary also spotted Diarmuid Gavin and his wife Justine, and photographer Hugh Chaloner.

– LB

Irish Independent

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