Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Leopardstown races is where a lot of the best daytime, post-Christmas partying went on - and with some winners, the champagne corks were flying in the bars.
The second year of the Cliff Style fashion contest produced a really fabulous field as you can see from our five finalists - pictured from left, designer Anna McGuire, Dr Jane Mulrooney, teacher Sinéad Leonard, (winner) milliner Laura Hanlon and vet Linda Malone. Jane, who is originally from Galway and runs a cosmetic dermatology clinic with her sister, Katherine, on Dublin's Eglinton Road, bumped into her husband, Philip Hackett of Hackett Bookmakers, in the parade ring but there was little time for the mum-of-two to chat as she busy was accepting the prize of first runner-up.
Later, with a glass of bubbles in her hand, Sinéad Leonard admitted after her win, she has "caught the bug" which means she plans to become part of the racing fashion scene. Lucius Farrell, GM of Cliff at Lyons, told me that he was the third generation in his family - who ran the Longford Leader newspaper - to have the name Lucius.
Funny girl and ace impersonator Doireann Garrihy was there with her pal, Marie-Claire Whelan and Doireann told me she has a new comedy show coming out on the RTÉ Player in January. Can't wait. Have you heard her take off Pippa O'Connor and blogger Suzanne Jackson? Worth checking out.
Racing girls can try out their luck at the style stakes at Naas tomorrow where stylist Ingrid Hoey (pictured above) will be judging the Winter Ladies Day sponsored by Hugh Statham jewellers and contestants will be competing for a Raymond Weil watch.
Right on cue, the sunshine came out as we posed for photos in the Leopardstown parade ring with the winners of the two style competitions. Neil Moody (second from left, above) from Omagh perfected the tweed look with a seriously great coat and he posed with Adriaan Bartels, general manager of the Cliff House Hotel in Ardmore, Co Waterford. Sinéad Leonard, winner of the ladies category, won a trip to their three hotel properties.
The line-up included my fellow judges Lennon Courtney design duo, Brendan and Sonya. 2018 is going to be a year of celebrations for the pair. It's 10 years since they first started working together on RTÉ's Off The Rails and they subsequently set up their own design label. With double the designer power comes efficiency too and their SS18 collection is going into Dunnes Stores in mid-January, which is their earliest delivery yet. And yes, there's some '70s style in there!