Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
The Monaghan clan enjoyed double celebrations as they marked the opening of their new store on Dublin's South Anne Street and Suzie Goggins, daughter of Tom 'Mr Cashmere' Monaghan, celebrated being 50 years young. Her dapper dad, who is now in his 90s, started off in business with his wife, Teresa, in the former Grafton Street arcade and he now stands proud as one of the country's longest serving retailers. Tom is a great man for routine, Suzie told me, and every morning after a coffee - his favourite spot is Bewleys on Grafton Street - he arrives into the shop at 9am and greets each customer.
Speaking of customers, there was lots of nostalgia at the Arnotts 175 party where the store's GM, Donald McDonald (below, left), was photographed with Robert O'Byrne, a consultant from the Little Museum of Dublin who has working on the excellent exhibition. Guests at the party at which Joe Duffy acted as MC, included the illustrator Conor Merriman, Paul Caffrey, the former Dublin GAA manager, and Breege O'Donoghue, formerly of Primark, who was there in her capacity as chairwoman of the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland.
The names of the four contemporary artists whose works have been purchased by the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection 2018 were revealed at a recent reception - with good news for Barbara Knezevic, Susan MacWilliam, Mary McIntyre and Helen O'Leary.
IMMA's Christina Kennedy, Senior Curator, Head of Collections, was photographed with Dr Moling Ryan, and the Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA Collection exhibition is free to view and runs until September 16. Guests included Nevie and Conor Devine.
PR queen and events organiser Tara O'Connor thinks big but she also believes in nurturing her small team of experts which is why she has been using the same suppliers for two decades. Tara was sharing tips at the Image Young Businesswomen's Forum hosted by Melanie Morris at the Westbury, and she says that the key to a great party is "a band".
Flying in from London where she was on a reccie for a client, Tara looked great in a Zoe Jordan knit bomber - well, Zoe is one of her favourite clients - plus a Celine dress she picked up on the last day of the sales at 80pc discount. But then that comes naturally when you have a great eye for detail!
Congrats to designer Joanne Hynes and her partner, John Maher, on the arrival of their son, Cóilín, a little brother for Fainche, Brannagh, Iseult and Johnjoe - who was named after both his parents.