Women of style and substance

Kathryn Thomas
Kathryn Thomas

"I don't deserve this award," Jack Benny once joked, "but I have arthritis and I don't deserve that either."

Be that as it may, The Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards 2013  in the Four Seasons saw Emily O'Reilly, who assuredly did deserve to win, take the top prize as Woman of the Year.

Among those also receiving gongs were the Irish women's rugby team for Sport, Majella O'Donnell for Special Achievement and Amanda Pratt for Entrepreneur. Fiona Doyle got a Special Recognition award while Emma Hannigan scooped the Art & Literature prize.

Dressed in Balenciaga, and just back from a Terry Wogan lunch in London, Tatler's dynamo Norah Casey hosted an impressive event with a glittering guest list: Lorraine Keane, Joan Burton, Kathryn Thomas, Adi Roche, Liz O'Donnell, Sybil Mulcahy, Martina Fox, and Miriam Ahern all gave a buala bos.

Meanwhile, in the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork, a proud Gerald Kean was on hand to watch his 17-year-old daughter Kirsten scoop the The Tia Maria Hi Style Awards 2013 Most Stylish Young Woman in Ireland. His fiancee Lisa Murphy (in a gown from Couture Boutique – "gold with a lot of bling") was also in attendance. "I'm over the moon for her," Kean told me of his daughter. "Even though I have always thought Kirsten was the most stylish young lady in Ireland myself, I didn't expect a panel of judges to agree."

Next weekend in the same hotel, Gerald and Lisa are hosting the Cork Down Syndrome Charity Ball. Do they ever stop?

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