Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Pink was the stand-out colour at the recent Breast Cancer Research charity lunch held in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel. The winner of the 'Touch of Pink' sponsored by Fran & Jane was (1) Joan Delaney (left) wearing a hat by Crevation designer Majella Dalton, posing here with (from left) Carol Baker, Fran Nolan and Jane Baker (the latter two ladies give their name to the aforementioned boutique in Blackrock, Co Dublin).
The lunch was organised by Miriam Hand, whom I had the good fortune to meet when she worked for Lancôme. Miriam has been a tireless supporter of the charity which her good friend, Anna O'Coinne from Galway, established. There was a special presentation made by Professor Michael Kerin, research programme director of Breast Cancer Research, who travelled from Galway for the lunch.
Prof Kerin was pictured with (from left) Miriam, chairperson of Breast Cancer Research Patricia McLoughlin, and Marty Whelan, who was MC for the fun-filled lunch. Fair play to the lads for making such an effort with their pink ties and pocket squares.
Designer Don O'Neill and his florist husband, Pascal Guillermie, made one of their lightning-quick trips home, as Don's frocks were the headline act at the second Irish Fashion Collective hosted by Conrad Dublin in association with Allianz. Building on the hugely successful 2016 event, Irish designer Deborah Veale invited fashion peers to join her again for this philanthropic event in aid of Saint Joseph's in Shankill, Co Dublin. All funds raised went to supporting their vision of creating Ireland's first 'dementia village'. Don caught up with Mary Kennedy, and the show featured exalted Irish designers such as Louise Kennedy and the three Helens: Cody, Steele and McAlinden.
The Georgian splendour of No. 25 Fitzwilliam Place was the backdrop for the Marks & Spencer AW17 showcase, unveiling their Christmas gifting. It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with (4) M&S style director Belinda Earl, who flew in from London and looked fab in a leather-fronted knit cardi by Twiggy. The 'Hostess with the Mostest' was Carmel Breheny, marketing manager of M&S, snazzy in an LBD of stretchy lace. She is pictured with maître d' John Healy, who has a smile that could light up a room (and he also gives the best hugs in Dublin).
Great excitement in the Irish hotel industry at the news that the legendary Marie Chawke - who brought so much grace and style to Killarney for years - is taking up a new position as director of business development at the five-star Dromoland Castle, Co Clare. She is, like Mary Kennedy (above right), a national treasure.
Picture: Roger Kenny
Picture: ROGER kENNY
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Picture: Brian McEvoy