Sunday 22 April 2018

Society: Ladies steal show at 'Get Up and Go'

Peter Coonan and Killian Scott had little to say at the screening of their new film. Photo: Arthur Carron
Peter Coonan and Killian Scott had little to say at the screening of their new film. Photo: Arthur Carron
Emma Eliza Reegan at the Irish Premiere of Get Up and Go at the Sugar Club on Leeson Street, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Lottie Ryan at the second day of the Punchestown Festival. Photo: Michael Chester
Richard Corrigan and Taste of Dublin MD Avril Bannerton at the Taste of Dublin 2015 launch at Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall
Tara O'Connor and Nicola Maxwell at the Inaugural Beacon Ball in aid of the Beacon Hospital Patient & Research Trust which took place in the Doubletree by Hilton, Burlington Road.
Yvonne Keyes, Crona Gallagher, Victor Costello, Sorcha and Gary O'Toole, Paul Kimmage, Jim Cleary and Anne Kimmage at the Beacon Ball
Stephanie and Malcolm O'Kelly with Emmett Byrne
Trish Courtney and Lucy Gaffney

Kirsty Blake Knox and Bairbre Power

When did leading men become such total and utter divas? Actors Peter Coonan and Killian Scott (right) couldn't have scuttled past reporters fast enough at the screening of Get Up and Go in the Sugar Club this week.

"I'm not talking tonight," Scott said. "I've said everything I need to say about the film already." Oh for Christ's sake - get a grip man.

Thankfully, the leading ladies had far more chutzpah and happily chatted to newspaper hacks flitting about the red carpet.

Ballerina-turned actress Emma Eliza Regan (far right) told me about her upcoming flick The Second Coming in which she shares the screen with Kate Moss's infamous ex-boyfriend and former Babyshambles front man Pete Doherty.

The Australian thriller is based on WB Yeats' poem of the same name.

"I am the lead female," Regan said. "My character is based on Maud Gonne and Pete is the modern-day Yeats - he's such a poet."

This summer, the young actress will team up with Antonia Campbell Hughes to shoot new flick Fading Away.

"We play singers in a band, who are failing miserably," she said. "At everything."

Producer Juliette Bonass was flying high after receiving six IFTA nominations for her movie Glassland. "I'm delighted," she said. "It means a lot."

But before the glitz and glam of the IFTAs, Bonass will be heading to Cannes for the Producers on the Move forum which sees 20 of the hottest young filmmakers in Europe network like there is no tomorrow.

Actress Gemma Leah Devereux looked ethereal in a Self Portrait dress and talked about taking centre stage in upcoming horror Dartmoor Killing. "It's pretty gory," she cooed.

Boxer Andy Lee, Brian Gleeson and producer Stuart Switzer leaned beside the bar chatting to MC Rory Cashin.

Love/Hate creator Stuart Carolan arrived looking revived and refreshed.

The award-winning writer, who has just finished writing the screenplay for Skippy Dies, is hoping he can jet set to Maui in the coming months to watch Denis Lehane's Hawaiian remake of Love/Hate. "I'd like to go over and pretend to work and sit on a beach for two weeks," he said.

Sounds like heaven.

Racing newbie Lottie is on to a winner

'This isn't ideal weather for a blow dry," former Ms World Rosanna Davison said, staring up at the black clouds hanging above Punchestown race course.  "But I suppose it comes with the turf."

Davison was just one of the elite squad of glamazons selecting Gold Fever's Best Dressed Lady this week.

2FM broadcaster and race day novice Lottie Ryan (below) was also judging the chicest ensembles. "It's my first time at a race meeting," she said. "But I am a convert. I'm definitely coming back."

The first few days were filled with flutters, fascinators and freezing cold spring showers. Model Roz Purcell, Joe Schmidt and Taoiseach Enda Kenny all laid down bets. "Ordinarily, I'm not a gambling woman," Prime Time host Miriam O'Callaghan said. "But I think I'll make an exception this week."


The fisherman comes out in Richard

To say that Richard Corrigan is enthusiastic about his new business project in Co Cavan is an understatement, judging by his wide beam and contented air as we discussed his new Virgina Park Lodge hotel and restaurant at the launch of the Taste of Dublin.

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud was the place to be on Wednesday for what was undoubtedly the best lunch of the year so far. The restaurant, overlooking the Merrion Hotel courtyard gardens, was packed as Richard was presented with a Taste Icon Award 2015, the first since 2011 when Myrtle Allen received the acolade.

Richard was applauded by a stellar line-up of his cheffie pals including Kevin Dundon, Derry Clarke, Ross Lewis, Kevin Thornton, Niall Sabongi, Sunil Ghai, Clodagh McKenna, Joy Beattie and Mark Moriarty.

Richard has bought the former Park Hotel in Virginia, which dates back to the 17th century. Sitting on 100 acres, it was "the pleasure park" and summer home of the first Earl of Bective for hunting, shooting and fishing, and tonight they have 40 people in for dinner, and I suspect there could be some lovely fish served from Lough Sheelin which Richard thoroughly raves about.

The lunch brought out all the serious foodies in town, ears peeled for news of the event which has played a vital role in Dublin's Food revolution over the past decade.

The event runs from June 11-14 at the Iveagh Gardens, that gorgeous secret garden off Harcourt Street where so many romances have begun. Many led to marriage, such as PR Maeve O'Higgins and publican Barry Cassidy who met at Taste, married and recently celebrated the birth of their daughter Sophie.

This year, there will be 10 Michelin-starred chefs in attendance and on Wednesday, Avril Bannerton, MD of Taste, posed for photos with two of them, Derry and Ross. Avril looked super glam in a cream and black bodycon Victoria Beckham dress which she picked up the previous Sunday at Brown Thomas.

Lunch was divine, with candy beetroot served with soft cheese and hazelnut followed by grilled fillet of brill or lacquered fillet of Wicklow lamb. The chocoholic in me eyed the assiette Valrhona for dessert with a Guanaja chocolate parfait and salt caramel ganache served with ice-cream, but I was good... and resisted.

Whiskey was served alongside dessert in the new Waterford Crystal Lismore Connoisseur Collection and Sally Warmington and Emily Brophy from the crystal company happily watched the positive reaction to the handsome tumblers.


Sporting legends pull on the tuxedos for ball

A former Olympic swimmer, Ireland rugby giant and hard working doctors and nurses lined out for the inaugural Beacon Ball held at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel last Saturday to raise funds for the newly established Beacon Hospital Patient & Research Trust.

Mr Gary O'Toole, former Olympic swimmer and now busy Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, was among the 700 guests attending the ball along with Malcolm O'Kelly, former Leinster and Ireland rugby player, now with Tekno Surgical who attended with his wife, Stephanie.

The food and music were outstanding on the night. The guest list included Dr Jennifer Westrup, Joint Medical Director, Beacon Hospital; Mr Maurice Neligan, Chief of Orthopaedics at Beacon Hospital; Dr Sharon Moss, Consultant Gynaecologist, Beacon Hospital; Lucy Gaffney, chairwoman of Communicorp and Dolores Delaney, wife of Michael Cullen, CEO of the Beacon Hospital.

I spotted Andrew Reynolds and his wife Tara (chic in Vivienne Westwood and Anthropologie) who flew in from London for the night.


John B's Bull is back in town

The Kerry contingent were out in force for the opening night of John B Keane's The Field at the Gaiety.

"I am so proud I could burst open," Mary Keane, the widow of John B said.

The extended Keane clan had travelled up for the occasion and were itching to get to their seats. "We're here for a great night," Mary said.

Jim Sheridan who directed the 1990 film starring Richard Harris ambled through the doors.

"John B's words are like bullets," he said. "They tear through you, they have a primal power."

Weather wonder woman Jean Byrne and Noelle Campbell Sharp caught up with TD Jimmy Deenihan.

"I think we all know a Bull," Jimmy said. "The Field is part of the North Kerry soul - we all know it, we all understand it."

Heather Humphreys, Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins all darted to their seats.

There was a mini Celtic Woman reunion as Chloe Agnew and Lisa Lambe walked straight into one another. "Everyone who is anyone is here," her mother Adele King aka Twink noted.

Lorraine joins the fashion squad business

It's certainly getting very busy in the world of fashion parties as Lorraine Keane becomes the latest style maven to hold events, fast on the heels of Lisa Fitzpatrick and Pippa O'Connor.

Lorraine rolled out her new venture 'Keane On' at Cafe du Journal in Monkstown on Thursday, and the reaction was so good, she's having a swift follow-up on May 28.

Busy times for Lorraine who makes her debut for UTV Ireland with a Josh Groban special that goes out tomorrow night at 10pm.

"I decided to curate some fun nights out for women which will give me the opportunity to share all the wonderful designers, independent boutiques, beauty products and services that I have discovered over the course of my career, with other women," said Lorraine, whose sisters, Becky from Dylan Bradshaw dbface make-up and Tori from Tori Keane Hair gave demos on the night. "Keane On is not a change of career for me. I'm always asked 'where do you buy your clothes, what products do you use,' so knowledge is key," said Lorraine, who talked us through lovely pieces from Marion Murphy Cooney, Geraldine O'Meara, Divine Boutique, Seagreen and Aria V jewellery.


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