Thursday 22 August 2019

Bairbre Power... Out and about

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

BT Group Fashion Director Shelly Corkery. Photo: Kieran harnett
BT Group Fashion Director Shelly Corkery. Photo: Kieran harnett
Jess Corcoran and Catriona Gallagher. Picture: Andres Poveda
Lorraine Keane and Nicky Logue at Summer party. Picture: Leon Farrell
Dee Ahearn and Hilary Clinton at Barretstown for its 25th Anniversary Founders Dinner. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Bairbre Power

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The ornate Examination Hall on Trinity College's front square was the location for the Brown Thomas new-season fashion launch. Tripping across the cobblestones at 8am last Tuesday, the first clues to the cool designer styles coming up were waiting for me on the steps of the Dining Hall. Shelly Corkery, the BT Group Fashion Director, was dressed head to toe in Prada with, might I say, a very covetable lace cape, and the 90-piece show closed with nine pieces from Miuccia Prada.

Jess Corcoran and Catriona Gallagher were pictured at Guinness X Meatopia at the Open Gate Brewery, where, during the three-day beer and food festival, dishes were prepared by a line-up of local and international live fire chefs and paired with sample beers.

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Jess Corcoran and Catriona Gallagher. Picture: Andres Poveda

Among the highlights were David Thomas, US chef behind downtown Baltimore's Ida B's Table, and Anna Haugh, Dublin-born head chef at Myrtle restaurant in London.

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Lorraine Keane and Nicky Logue at Summer party. Picture: Leon Farrell

Meanwhile, over at the InterContinental in Ballsbridge, the hotel's GM Nicky Logue hosted guests including Lorraine Keane to the annual summer party, which this year was themed Feria de Sevilla. It was a balmy night and guests sipped refreshing Cava and sangría, and enjoyed Spanish-themed canapés including Manchego cheese and mushroom tartlets, and tortilla aioli with basil dressing; and to finish off and kick the holiday diet well off course, we tucked into freshly made churros while watching a passionate flamenco dance by Al-Andar and Fatima Lucia. I couldn't resist a little dance listening to The Apple Blossoms, who know that in my next life I'm coming back to join their line-up! Among the guests were TV presenter Alan Hughes, rugby pundit Brent Pope and RTÉ's Nuala Carey.

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Dee Ahearn and Hilary Clinton at Barretstown for its 25th Anniversary Founders Dinner. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Dee Ahearn, CEO of Barretstown, with Hillary Rodham Clinton at the 25th Anniversary Founders Dinner at the children’s charity. The Kildare camp, founded by the legendary actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, has served more than 50,000 seriously ill children and their families.

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Two chefs from Ireland - Arlen Ortega from One Pico and Nicolas Fagundes Galindo from Chapter One - are among 135 candidates from 12 regions shortlisted for the S. Pellegrino Young Chef 2020 Grand Finale. Bravo!

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