Monday 26 August 2019

Rosie off to London/Ibiza post-graduation

Brain in Spain... Rosanna Davison
Brain in Spain... Rosanna Davison
Danny O’Reilly and Ian Rush
Leo's looking forward to Jenny Greene. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Anniversary ... Amy and BOD. Pic Steve Humphreys
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Joy is unconfined next week for Rosanna Davison and Wesley Quirke. I know what you're thinking; joy is unconfined every week for Rosanna Davison and Wesley Quirke.

Titter ye not, this latest state of rapture and ecstasy is not related to travelling to a five-star hotel in some sun-kissed foreign land (no, but we'll get to a five-star hotel in some sun-kissed foreign land later.)

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I want you all to stand up and applaud our Rosie who this Thursday is graduating from her Master of Science degree in Personalised Nutrition from Middlesex University.

"So," she told your diarist, "I'll be heading to London with the whole family to celebrate. Wes and my parents will be attending the ceremony and then we'll go somewhere for dinner," the former Miss World said, adding that the hotel is in Kensington and the restaurant is in Chelsea.

As if that wasn't enough fun to last a girl a whole summer, Rosanna and Wes will then be jetting off to stay in a five-star hotel on a Spanish island.

"We're staying in the Nobu hotel. We got married in Ibiza and we love the people, the food, the laid- back atmosphere, the views, the weather."

(Don't hate her for being all-sunned-up in Ibiza when we are sitting here in the rain in Ireland deluding ourselves that we are having a summer.)

Will they be going clubbing every night until dawn in Ibiza?

"We're not really nightclubbers. We don't go for that side of it.

"Just the beaches and relaxation."

Upon her return from Ibiza, does Rosanna have long-term plan career-wise? "At some point, I hope to open a nutrition clinic."

Still on the subject of nutrition, or at least Irish cuisine with French influences, rock star Eddie Vedder and his beautiful wife Jill McCormick had dinner in Hugo's last Tuesday night. (Metallica were also in the restaurant on Merrion Row during their recent stay here.)

Eddie and Jill enjoyed a few leisurely days in Dublin before they decamped to London where Eddie and his band were supporting The Who last night at Wembley Stadium.


Leo and Matt go Greene tonight

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Leo's looking forward to Jenny Greene. Photo: Brian McEvoy

I hope to be in Croke Park regularly this summer,” An T told me on Thursday. Not being a particularly passionate follower of our national sport, I asked him did he mean Westlife at Croke Park on Friday and Saturday or GAA?

“GAA! Five-in-a-row,” Leo said referring to his dream of the Dubs making history by winning the All Ireland again this year. Irish history’s youngest ever An T added that he and Matt have nothing planned gigs-wise this summer yet. “Will see what’s on. We are going to Jenny Greene at the Iveagh Gardens [on Sunday]”, he said. It should be good. I love her radio show.”

From Jenny Greene to green. John Brennan tells me that the Park in Kenmare has gone eco-cool. He and bro, Fab Francis (the fabbest Francis since His Holiness who runs that slightly bigger hotel in Rome), will be implementing ahead-of-its-time initiatives like any guest staying in the hotel for two nights or longer will receive a 10% accommodation discount if they arrive by electric car, while resident parties of four or more will receive complimentary return transfers to and from Killarney train station.


Danny and Ian sing for our Carol

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Danny O’Reilly and Ian Rush

It all kicked off in Cork last weekend at the former Liverpool striker Ian Rush’s Golf Foundation Classic at Fota Island golf resort, organised by Catherine Tiernan.

The event was run for Marymount Hospice in Cork, a fantastic palliative care services unit. Ian’s fiancée Carol Anthony’s sister Audrey, who died of cancer, sadly spent her last days at Marymount.

After making so many visits to the hospice with Carol, Ian described it “as a hotel rather than a hospital, the staff are incredible”. Almost as incredible was Ian and his new best friend, Danny O’Reilly’s renditions of Imagine and You’ll Never Walk Alone at the piano at Fota Island hotel later that night. Carol told me that the wedding will be next year (I can see they have the wedding band already sorted: The Coronas), adding that Ian is “my hero and, more importantly, my best friend. He said onstage that he has never been so happy as he is right now because of me. Our relationship has gone from strength to strength”.

Ian told me: “Anyone can support someone when they are at the height of their career, but Carol has supported me when I wasn’t and made me believe in myself and the power of good things that I can go on to do. She’s my soulmate. She also helped me secure a new contract with Liverpool Football Club this month from ambassador to executive board.”


BOD with BT bag for his beloved Amy

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Anniversary ... Amy and BOD. Pic Steve Humphreys

I’m with Aristotle on this (aren’t I always?): “For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.” Be that as it may, Brian O’Driscoll looked like every fibre of him was both blessed and happy last Tuesday afternoon. There is one reason for Brian’s state of bliss. The rugby legend was spotted out shopping on Grafton Street, dressed in a summery outfit, with a Brown Thomas bag in his hand. I think we can all safely assume that the contents of the BT bag was for his beloved other half — and the reason why Brian is a man so blessed and happy — Amy Huberman. This I can say extra safely because last Wednesday was Amy and Brian’s ninth wedding anniversary. Indeed. Amy wrote on social media: “...because it’s a special occasion maybe you could dust off your Velcro sandals & sort a nice topknot updo and head out for dins..?” I can confirm Bri was not, alas, rocking the Velcro sandals and topknot look on Grafton Street as he headed home last Tuesday.

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