Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
The Festive Beauty Banquet hosted by Xposé and Meaghers Pharmacy at the Dylan Hotel was a seriously chic event with a clutch of 20 lucky guests invited to party the night away in the company of Oonagh O'Hagan, owner and managing director of Meaghers Pharmacy Group, and Debbie O'Donnell, executive producer of Xposé, pictured.
It turns out that the idea for the pre-Christmas get together - which was beautifully styled by Frog Prince Events with an incredible rose gold table setting and candles - came about when Oonagh and Debbie were shooting the breeze at the recent Image Business Woman of the Year awards (at which they both, as it happens, picked up gongs).
Glenda Gilson (gosh her legs go on forever) was MC for the evening and with her hubbie Rob, she plans to divide time over the holidays visiting both families. There will be absolutely no shopping or visits to the sales, she insists. Lucky girl, Glenda (pictured above at the Naas Racecourse), already has her outfit sorted for the races at Naas on Sunday, January 8, where she will be judging the Best Dressed Lady at the Hugh Statham Jewellers Winter Ladies' Day.
Lawlor's Hotel's held a party to mark their sponsorship of the Novice Hurdle on January 8 and guests included Dermot Cantillon, Chairman of Naas Racecourse, David Cox and Tamso Doyle, Mary Fanning of RTÉ and her husband Larry McCormack, Robbie Osborne and his wife Deirdre and Jack Tierney of Lawlor's Hotel.
Dublin's hotels were packed with festive shoppers over the weekend. I spotted Caroline Morahan, home from LA, celebrating with friends at the Westbury and across at the Morrison Hotel Fiona Burns and Michael Dalton, above, attended the Site Ireland Christmas Party which raised over €6,000 for The Simon Community.
Former Munster and Ireland rugby player, Tomás O'Leary and his wife Julie, above, will miss out on Christmas in Cork because of his busy schedule in France. Now playing with Montpellier Hérault, Tomás had to be ready for yesterday's game against Toulon. "The prospect of four flights over three days with our one-year-old son Jamie really wasn't a feasible option so we will be spending Christmas an hour down the road at Château Les Carrasses near Beziers," explained Julie. The restored French château, which sits on the Saint-Jacques de Compostelle (the Way of St James), is owned by Karl O'Hanlon and his wife Anita. Julie and Tomás are also in business together, running their online watch company, Told & Co, and have exciting plans for 2017. Bonne chance!
Designer and style guru Sonya Lennon is just back from a flying visit to both Hong Kong and NYC and she will be at Leopardstown on December 28 judging the Cliff at Lyons Style Stakes.