Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
I always love getting a sneaky preview of the incoming season's fashions ahead of time, and Sonya Lennon looked fab when she stepped out in her coral-and-blues chevron-patterned dress, accessorised with (as fans of the movie The Devil Wears Prada will know) cerulean blue.
Sonya and Brendan (dressed in a cool COS jacket and top and Dunnes trousers - well, I have to be balanced and fair in my fashion reporting) were at the launch of the Cliff Style Awards at Cliff at Lyons in Co Kildare. The post-Christmas racing event will take place on Wednesday, December 28, as part of Leopardstown Christmas Festival, and is now a staple in the Yuletide social calendar. Sonya and myself had fun judging together last year, and next month we will be joined by the very dapper Mr Courtney to mark the introduction of the Most Stylish Male category.
The prize fund this year is in excess of €10,000 so, as Sonya said at the launch, "dress to impress". Róisín Tierney-Crowe of L'Oréal Luxe hosted a fun-filled Kiehl's pre-Christmas celebration at the brand's boutique on Dublin's Wicklow Street.
Róisín posed with Stephen Kelly from Zeba Hairdressing, above, and guests included designer Emma Manley, below.
With all the talk of Black Friday, it's nice to see someone marking Thanksgiving Thursday, and fair play to Róisín for organising yet another social get-together this week.
Congrats to our own business expert, Dearbhail McDonald, who did a fab job sharing MC duties with Melanie Morris at the Image Businesswoman of the Year Awards on Monday.
Dearbhail (left), super-glam in a slate-grey Roisín Linnane gown, was pictured with Image Publications CEO Clodagh Edwards (centre) and Image magazine editor-in- chief Melanie. @bairbrepower
Paddy Magee, country operations manager of the Renault Group in Ireland, hosted a chic Christmas get-together for their motoring ambassadors at Cliff at Lyons - and the turnout was impressive. I chatted with top triathlete Carolyn Hayes from Limerick, who drives their new Captur and is a recently qualified doctor. Carolyn stopped for a snap with (from left) GAA All-Star and Sunday Game presenter Dessie Dolan; Paddy, and former Dublin footballing star Alan Brogan. Other glam guests included Ian Dempsey, our own Darren Kennedy, Lorraine Keane, Fiona Coghlan and Doireann Garrihy, and the music on the night came courtesy of the band Keywest, who are also Renault ambassadors.
Listen out for Morgan model Miriam Cooke, from Kells, Co Meath, on the BBC World Service next Saturday. Her fascinating documentary Symphony of the Stones explores and amplifies the forgotten sounds of our ancestors.