Bairbre Power: Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
So there I was in Jay Gatsby's mansion - magically transported from West Egg on Long Island to the Gate Theatre at the top of Dublin's O'Connell Street. The interactive show was roaring its way from the 1920s to the modern day when Jay, old boy, beckoned me out of a room where we were discussing how to become rich.
Standing on the Art Deco set, he tasked me with delivering a message to his lost love, Daisy. "Tell her the lieutenant still has the white feather," he instructed and, with that, I suddenly found myself with a job to do on opening night of the new production. Now, everyone who knows me knows that I'm a total F. Scott Fitzgerald/Great Gatsby fiend. When I eventually found Daisy in the auditorium, she was mid-row with her "hulking" husband, Tom Buchanan. However, their spirits were much better after the show when I finally got to catch up with the actors playing the couple, Simone Collins and Mark Huberman (pictured below). The drama runs until February 16 and the New Year's Eve show promises to be quite a sensational night (dancing shoes are a must).
There are definite perks to having a father-in-law who's a world-famous crooner, so it's not surprising that Wes Quirke called on the services of Chris de Burgh to perform at the opening of his family's latest venture, the Carlton Casino Club. Wes was photographed with his wife, Rosanna, and her parents, and guests included Harry Potter actor Devon Murray and models Kerri-Nicole Blanc and Jo Archbold.
Nicky Logue, general manager of the InterContinental Dublin in Ballsbridge, hosted a party to launch their new Festive Afternoon Tea (where the Christmas cheesecake is a standout star) and glam guests included Lorraine Keane.
Tara O'Neill, MD of Avoca, and Vanessa Pratt, whose family started the legendary Irish business, attended an exclusive candlelit feast where they unveiled their Christmas food range with a divine dinner at Salt in Monkstown.