Friday 19 July 2019

Bairbre Power... Out and about

Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country

JP Kavanagh of The Shelbourne with Helen Cody. Photo: Naoise Culhane
JP Kavanagh of The Shelbourne with Helen Cody. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Dominique Nugent and Benoit Nicol. Photo: Anthony Woods
Jane English and Ray Byrne. Photo: Paul Sherwood
Kevin Dundon with Anne-Marie Fenton. Photo: Richie Stokes

Bairbre power

Where would you be without a wall or ceiling of flowers at posh parties these days? (1) JP Kavanagh, general manager of The Shelbourne, posed under a marvellous suspended ceiling of flowers with fashion designer Helen Cody at the launch of the new Mezzanine Terrace and the 1824 Bar. Congrats to the hotel's in-house team, led by head florist Mary O'Reilly, who created a hanging installation and floral 'throne'.

Rain, thunder and lightning last week did nothing to dull the enthusiasm of guests attending the SuperValu Gin Garden.

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Kevin Dundon with Anne-Marie Fenton. Photo: Richie Stokes

I chatted with chef Kevin Dundon from Dunbrody Country House Hotel, who is a SuperValu ambassador, and with communications manager Anne-Marie Fenton. In true Cork fashion, I had to try the new Blackwater gin made with Tanora, a local mineral drink, which was the stuff of childhood memories. And I have to report, it went down a treat, even better than their gin made with Barry's tea, and I drink gallons of that!

 

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Jane English and Ray Byrne. Photo: Paul Sherwood

Meanwhile, across town, as the best diarists always say, Stauntons on the Green held a party to celebrate its restoration to Georgian splendour after a €2m refurbishment. Guest of honour was the owner, Mr Richard Driehaus, and the party was well attended by a 'who's who' of Irish tourism. It was an opportunity to chat with (3) Jane English and her husband, Ray Byrne, who own the very special Wineport Lodge.

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Dominique Nugent and Benoit Nicol. Photo: Anthony Woods

Elsewhere, Primark started their 'high summer experience' impressively early at 8am; I met Dominique Nugent and perfumier, Benoit Nicol.

Grapevine

Good luck to talented accessories designers Claire and Carol O'Connor who are off to New York to promote their brands this month, thanks to support from Meath Local Enterprise.

 

Psst!

The ‘Fashion and Fantasy’ exhibition of haute couture pieces by Dior, Lacroix, Hermès and Chanel is a priceless collection curated by international fashion collector Monika Gottlieb and it runs at the Newbridge Silverware Museum of Style Icons all summer

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