Saturday 17 August 2019

Bairbre Power... Out and about


Miriam Ahern and Michael Bronner. Photo: Karen Morgan
Miriam Ahern and Michael Bronner. Photo: Karen Morgan
Mary Pat Kelly. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Gillian Hennessy and Amanda Byram. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Carmel Breheny and Emma Coppola. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan

Bairbre power

It was all things vegan, both food and conversation, at the Dr Bronner's lunch in the Drury Buildings. Miriam Ahern, who is a long-standing fan of the brand, was one of the guests invited by Michael Bronner. Michael is the grandson of the founder of the pioneering natural brand, and I know people who wouldn't dream of washing themselves, or their pets, in anything other than their famous peppermint soap. Michael was in Dublin with his sister Lisa for a lunch hosted by Paul Irwin of Life's Great, and the food was in-keeping with the very green ethos of the company.

I always enjoy catching up with Amanda Byram who MC'd the launch of the No7 Laboratories Firming Booster Serum and Dark Spot Correcting Booster Serum. I'll confess to being intrigued by the zeal of 36,000 people who already had their names registered on a waiting list for the product.

Gillian Hennessy and Amanda Byram. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Gillian Hennessy of Boots, who developed the No7 products, was photographed (above, left) with Amanda. Amanda told guests that at 45, she's super interested in her health and skin, and has completed a course in nutrition to understand it more.

Mary Pat Kelly. Photo: Gerry Mooney

We opened a bottle of Prosecco for the Dublin launch of Mary Pat Kelly's Irish Above All, a striking novel of family heritage. The third in a series, it continues the story of Nora Kelly from the best-selling books Galway Bay and Of Irish Blood. Mary Pat is both an author and filmmaker. She grew up in Chicago and has worked in film in LA and in New York where she now lives with her Irish husband, app developer Martin Sheerin. Martin, who was a photographer in Dublin for years, accompanied Mary Pat on the trip that took in Derry, his native Co Tyrone and Barna in Co Galway where Mary Pat's ancestor, Honora Kelly, rescued her children from the Famine, and brought them to Chicago where her grandson, Ed Kelly, would become mayor of the Windy City.

Be a hero

Alan Hughes will MC the LauraLynn Heroes Ball on April 27 where the theme is 'Not Every Hero Wears a Mask'. The ball at the Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road is a fundraiser for Ireland's only dedicated children's hospice.

For tickets, go to lauralynn.ie



Carmel Breheny and Emma Coppola. Photo: Marc O'Sullivan

Carmel Breheny (left) and Emma Coppola were pictured at the annual charity lunch in aid of Spinal Injuries Ireland, held at the InterContinental Hotel. It was a fun Saturday with more than 440 guests in attendance, and in excess of €60,000 was raised for the worthy cause.

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