Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Sir Bob Geldof held a captivated audience in his hand as he regaled us with stories and insights about Yeats in the final event of this year's Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas. Bob was interviewed on stage by Yeats scholar Roy Foster, with whom he worked on the documentary A Fanatic Heart, and was photographed with actress Lisa Dwan who recited Yeats' work.
His stories included the one about the time himself and Bono met the Pope. Bono glared at Bob when he asked the Pope for a second set of rosary beads, for his dad. Afterwards when Bono commented on what an amazing man the Pope was, Bob replied, "But did you see his shoes?" "The trouble with you Geldof," the U2 singer said, "is that you've got Tourette's of the soul."
The interview, in the stunning ballroom of Borris House, the ancestral home of the MacMurrough Kavanaghs, Kings of Leinster, was the inaugural, now annual Doyle Collection Interview, and the Irish hotel group along with Crownway Investments, were sponsors of the festival. The Boomtown Rats star spoke about Yeats, the Republic, social revolution, with lots of entertaining anecdotes about the early years of the band. He was joined by his "missus," Jeanne Marine who sat front row with Bernie Gallagher from The Doyle Collection.
There were over 60 speakers participating in 50 events including the tempting Food For The Soul talk featuring Giles Duley, along with Claudia Roden, Rory O'Connell and his sister Darina Allen.
Hugh Wallace, the celebrity architect and star of RTÉ's The Great House Revival and Home of the Year, has brought his flair and design intuition to the new Osprey Spa in Naas, Co Kildare where he was clearly surprised by Jim Murphy, CEO of the Prem Group, with a handful of seaweed. The hotel has invested over €1.2m on the 10,000 sq ft spa to create a place to revive and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul, and it includes double and single seaweed baths.
Róisín O'Hea and Nuala Carey were pictured in the Shelbourne Hotel at the annual Brennan's Bloomsday Bike Rally Lunch in aid of the Irish Youth Foundation. BTW, Happy Bloomsday to all today. See you at Davy Byrnes for a glass of Burgundy!
There was lots of style at June Polo In The Park in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association which took place at the Phoenix Park where guests included (5) Kate McAuley, Aisling Stafford and Erica Crothers.