Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Hollywood is going well for Dublin actor Kevin J. Ryan, who was chuffed to see Justin Bieber enjoying the sporting facilities in Bushy Park.
Kevin used to go to school across the road in Terenure College. "It's funny because when we were kids, we were campaigning to get a bike park in Bushy Park and I hear they have a good one now."
Kevin was in Dublin with his actress girlfriend, Karen Hassan, below, and the couple attended a Powers Irish Whiskey appreciation evening at the Louis Copeland store on Wicklow Street. Brand ambassador Michael Carr led a tasting of three Powers Irish whiskeys served in bespoke barrel drams. The unusual canapés chosen to complement the whiskey's distinctive, full flavours included spiced feta with beetroot marmalade.
Known for his roles in Raw, Copper, Crossbones and Guilt - a drama loosely based on the Amanda Knox case - Kevin likes to hike in LA with his German shepherd, and Karen and himself drove across America on his Harley-Davidson, raising money for Temple Street Children's Hospital.
Best friends with Howth-born actor Eoin Macken, of Night Shift fame, Kevin told me, "It was only after a screening that Jim Sheridan was hosting that we met and we went for a drink and became best friends. We do a lot of work together now. Actually, we are putting together a pilot right now and have a few scripts we want to work on together. No doubt we will be doing something in the near future."
Francesca Stainer and Yasu Pola-Samuels, above, were at the Mint Velvet AW17 party at Minus One, an über-cool house on Dublin's John Dillon Street. The décor, which includes a sunken plunge pool in the basement which is open to the sky, almost distracted us from the clothes.
Two years have flown since Daniel Roden won the NCAD bursary sponsored by Brown Thomas. He now works on the Marc Jacobs design team in Paris and is pictured in our main photo above with BT's fashion director, Shelly Corkery, at the launch of CREATE, for which he has been commissioned to create bespoke pieces.
The InterContinental Dublin recently launched Continentally Classic, their new Best Dressed Lady competition. It takes place at the Ice Bar on Thursday August 10 - immediately after Ladies' Day at the Dublin Horse Show, held next door in the RDS. Launch party guests included milliner Carol Kennelly and fashion designer Fiona Heaney of Fee G, above. The winner takes home a three-night stay in the five-star InterContinental Bordeaux Le Grand Hotel, with return flights from Dublin for two with Aer Lingus, a Bordeaux vineyard tour, a €100 voucher for The Loop at Dublin Airport, an Executive Lounge and Fast Track pass, plus a two-night stay for two at the InterContinental Dublin with dinner and spa treatments included.