Monday 18 December 2017

End-of-Year Diary: Tom's cruise control a sharp contrast to Cliff's refusal

Tom and Olga on the green carpet in Dublin. Brian McEvoy
Tom and Olga on the green carpet in Dublin. Brian McEvoy
Blissfully happy: Kathryn Thomas and Padraig McLoughlin: Photo: John Dardis
Supporting daddy: Amy and Sadie. Photo: SPORTSFILE

April saw pint-sized actor Tom Cruise fly in for the premiere of his movie Oblivion and the Hollywood star totally surprised everyone by being so accessible. Tom impressed fans by spending 90 minutes mixing with them outside the premiere at the Savoy on Dublin's O'Connell Street.

Accompanied by his fellow actor Olga Kurylenko, who chose a green gown for her Irish premiere, Cruise did the Guinness tour and downed a pint of porter.

Cruise met with the Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore and was presented with a certificate of Irishness. Cruise's great-great-great-grandfather was identified as an Irish landlord called Patrick Russell Cruise.

Tom's 'meeting the fans' experience was in sharp contrast with the Prince of Pop, Cliff Richard, who categorically refused, twice, to leave his cup of coffee to have his photo taken with fans attending the packed Angel's Quest charity lunch at the Four Seasons in November.

-- BP


Whole Irish team at Sexton's side to see him wed sweetheart

The great and good from the Irish sporting world turned out in force in July to help international out-half Jonathan Sexton celebrate his wedding to childhood sweetheart Laura Priestley. Together for 14 years before saying their 'I Dos', the pair wed in Adare, Co Limerick, in front of family and friends.

The ceremony was held in Holy Trinity Abbey Church, with the guests (the entire Irish rugby team was represented) then making their way over to Adare Manor for a lavish reception.

It has been a momentous year for the couple. Along with planning their nuptials, they moved to Paris, where Jonathan plays for Racing Metro.

-- LB


'Voice' host Kathryn all loved up with restaurateur

In August, The Diary revealed that Kathryn Thomas had a new man in her life, restaurateur Padraig McLoughlin. After being spotted together at the Galway Races in Ballybrit, it was clear the Carlow presenter had recovered from her split with long-term partner, garda Enda Waters, and found love again.

Kathryn and Enda split in 2012. They had been living together and were constantly swatting away hungry journalists enquiring about any plans to marry. Since moving on, the Voice of Ireland host has told of being blissfully happy with her new boyfriend -- and we are delighted for her.

The couple had been dating for several months before they finally went public with their relationship and they appeared together on the red carpet for the first time at the People of the Year Awards in September.

-- LB


Cocktails at the ready as Kennedy stuns guests with a glamorous show

In September, designer Louise Kennedy hosted the biggest fashion show of the year, taking over Dublin city gallery the Hugh Lane to mark 30 years in business.

And what a sophisticated evening it turned out to be, full of spectacular glamour with more than 400 guests enjoying her style extravaganza incorporating her AW 2013 fashion show and the official launch of her new €1,495 handbag, 'The Kennedy'.

It was a seriously top-drawer guest list that included many customers who have been with the Thurles-born designer from the start.

Her pal, celebrated TV fashion journalist Jeanne Beker, flew in that morning from Canada and, after a quick nap at Louise's Georgian home on Merrion Square, crossed the city to Parnell Square for a night of merriment, nostalgia and couture.

Guests sipped Hennessy Fine de Cognac cocktails and the front-row attendees included long-standing client Valerie Morris and her daughter Melanie, who, in 2013, was appointed the first editor-in-chief of Image Publications.

It was the hottest ticket in town and other guests included Louise's barrister pal Catherine Burke Kennedy, former model Geraldine McGuigan, who travelled from London, and Louise's younger sister, Caroline.

The show closed with a magnificent vista -- a cavalcade of 20 models wearing black, full-length gowns. The LBD (long black dress) is the backbone of the hostess-with-the-mostest's wardrobe and they were slack-jawed with desire for the beaded gowns inspired by the art deco dome of the Chrysler Building in New York.

By the end of the year, Louise had launched her own fragrance.

-- BP


Fashionistas kick off charity season with typical style

The ISPCC lunch at the Four Seasons in September traditionally marks the start of the charity lunch season and this year's event was a massive success with a super-stylish fashion show featuring the international AW2013 collections from Brown Thomas.

It's a lunch with a fashionable lust factor and the stylish attendees wore the best of the latest gúnas from designers like Victoria Beckham, St Laurent, Givenchy and Alexander McQueen.

It was a day for daughters and their mums to spend quality time together.

Saoirse Ronan, who features in the ISPCC's anti-bullying campaign, came with her mother Monica, while Laura Whitmore offered her services to MC for free and then sat down and enjoyed lunch with her mum. Morah Ryan attended with her daughter Lottie.

Shelly Corkery, fashion director at Brown Thomas, was one of the chic ladies channelling cream and black that day.

-- BP


Baby Sadie enters social limelight

They have been Ireland's golden couple since their star-studded wedding in 2010, so of course there was major interest when Amy Huberman gave birth to her and husband Brian O'Driscoll's first child in February.

Little Sadie's arrival into the world came only hours after her actress mother walked the red carpet at the IFTA awards. The bouncing bundle of joy was welcomed as Brian and the Irish rugby team were preparing to take on England in the Six Nations, but the doting dad did manage to savour a few hours at her bedside before the match.

Amy's career took a back seat to motherhood this year, with the 33-year-old keen to spend time getting to know the family's new addition, but that didn't mean the starlet intended to be stuck at home.

She and Sadie happily followed Brian down under last summer to cheer on the British and Irish Lions as they toured Australia.

-- LB


Champers flows at bloodstock auction

The great and good from the international bloodstock world enjoyed an exceptional Goffs Orby sale of Irish yearlings in the first week of October. Chief executive Henry Beeby described as "extraordinary" the scenes at Goffs when they sold an Al-Eile Stud colt by Montjeu out of Finsceal Beo for a staggering €2,850,000.

During the sales, Declan McCourt of Jaguar Ireland hosted a champagne reception and the Jaguar Pavillion was full with happy vendors and purchasers of what they hope will be winning race horses on tracks around the world.

Guests included Eimear Mulhern, chair of Goffs, Fozzy and Lucy Stack, Hubie and Flossie De Burgh, Vanessa Beeby and her son George, father-and-son bloodstock agents Peter and Ross Doyle, with trainer Richard Hannon Jnr and Harry Herbert from Highclere Racing, who had the privilege of growing up in what we recognise as Downton Abbey.

-- BP


Irish Independent

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