Thursday 23 November 2017

Cheers to Limerick style leader

MAVEN: Celia Holman Lee has been to the forefront of Irish modelling and fashion for over 40 years. Photo: Kieran Clancy
MAVEN: Celia Holman Lee has been to the forefront of Irish modelling and fashion for over 40 years. Photo: Kieran Clancy

Celia Holman Lee was spotted at the age of 15 by a Limerick model agent, and did her first fashion show for Cannocks, now Penneys. One of her earliest shoots was in the first Boeing 747 to land at Shannon, in April 1971.

From those early days, Celia, now 64, has been a fixture in Irish modelling and a style icon across 40 years.

As part of the Year of Design, Limerick's Hunt Museum will host an exhibition celebrating Celia's clothing collection, Celia Holman Lee: Limerick Style Icon, which includes pieces by the best Irish designers, including Caroline Mitchell, Michelina Stacpoole, Paul Costelloe, Richard Lewis and Peter O'Brien.

The exhibition, being opened on March 4 by Mary Kennedy, no slouch in the style stakes herself, is an homage to Irish design, but also to Celia and her innate sense of style.

"Really and truly, good style you develop yourself," Celia insists. "From the Thirties, Forties, Fifties, Sixties and upwards there have been iconic people whom I have admired and liked but I have always gone with my own direction. Even though I have admired various people down through the decades, I would never mirror myself on anybody."

Fashions come and go, style, as Celia proves, is forever.


Love and Marriage - planning the big day

All those who took the opportunity presented by Valentines Day to get engaged - as well as the many already betrothed - why not hasten out to Powerscourt House today, between 11am and 4pm, for a chance to start planning the detail of the big day?

From flowers and rings to cars and favours, this is an opportunity to see what can be done, by who and how; the beginning of a beautiful journey down the aisle. Among those present will be Feast Catering, owned by Domini and Peaches Kemp, who look after all food for the house, Will O'Reilly photographer, and Maria Dunne of The Event Design Company, a wedding planning consultancy who take a personal and bespoke approach to the big day.

Maria has presided over a wide spectrum of unusual venues and events, including couples trying to plan from abroad, and, last year, a same sex couple civil ceremony which took on all the atmosphere of a traditional wedding.


Singing for the Bia Beatha supper club

Bia Beatha, the contemporary Irish supper club, started last October in the United Arts Club with a sell-out launch event, and has operated a popular monthly residency ever since.

Back on February 28, this time it is hosted by TG4's Mairtin Mac Con Iomaire, an award-winning chef, culinary historian, food writer, broadcaster and ballad singer, who will take guests on a journey of discovery into Ireland's cuisine, people and society. Tickets are €65, and the evening includes a welcome drink, three-course meal with wine, an Irish coffee or a nip of whiskey, live music and lots of chat.

The menu is designed exclusively for the event by chef Anthony O'Grady, who trained in the Ballymaloe Cookery School, also working in their acclaimed restaurant, and has worked in L'Ecrivain. O'Grady describes his food as contemporary Irish influenced by classic French cuisine, and this is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy it.


History under the hammer with Obama relations

The Morres / De Montmorency family were baronets in Tipperary and later Kilkenny, although both titles are now extinct, and (perhaps more interestingly) Jane Avril de Montmorency Wright, who passed away last year, was one of the last direct Irish relations of Barack Obama.

Now, an auction of fine art and rare artefacts belonging to the family is to go under the hammer for the first time, to be sold by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers. Among the items up for auction is a portrait of Bishop Kearney, also a collection of silver forks which once belonged to the magnificent Dean Jonathan Swift, and bear his initials and the Swift family crest. A late 19th Century Native American Indian quilled hide poncho war shirt is one of the more curious objects, and the 700 lots, which involve items from other private Irish estates, also include oriental art, paintings, Georgian furniture and various objets d'art. A real historical treasure trove. The auction takes place this Wednesday, February 25.


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