Bairbre Power ... Out and about
Paul Costelloe played his early rugby at Willow Park and Blackrock but he never quite made it into their Junior Cup team. Probably the most scenic setting he played post-school rugby was in New York's Central Park with other ex-pats, and in recent years he has started playing Christmas Day tag rugby with his adult children in London.
Paul breakfasted at The Ivy to showcase his collaboration with the Dawson Street restaurant, and his green and white-designed rugby shirts will be worn by all waiting staff to honour this year's Six Nations Championships.
Paul was photographed with YouTuber Louise Cooney. The Limerick woman is just back from the US and has been happily reunited with her dog, Cooper.
Designer Helen McAlinden opened the doors to her stunning Blackrock seaside home to host a private lunch to showcase her newly-designed collaboration between Finline Furniture and Foxford Woolen Mills. Finline are marking 40 years in business by joining creative forces with another top Irish interiors brand with a range of sofas, cushions and throws. I lunched with Joe Queenan, MD of Foxford, who travelled up from Co Mayo, and brothers Ciaran and Kilian Finane from the furniture company which was started by their parents, Kieran and Bridget. Among the guests who attended the lunch catered by Sallyann Luykx was former Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald, who wears a lot of Helen's tailored clothing.
Helen (centre) was photographed with Karen Hennessy, Chief Executive of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland and Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Minister of State for Higher Education - another politico who wears a lot of Helen's designs.
Opera is on the menu at The Mayfield in Terenure on Valentine's night and the popular Dublin 6 eaterie is hosting a Je t'aime Soirée with soprano Emer Barry. Music plus a delish menu and glass of bubbly costs €35pp.
Dublin Chinese New Year Festival runs until February 17 so you’ve plenty of time yet to celebrate. Gisele Mansfield of kildare Village and H.E. Dr Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, were at the opening of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival at The Hugh Lane Gallery.