Tuesday 20 March 2018

Society: The aisles are alive with music

Rory Cowan ,Gay Byrne and Marty Whelan at the opening night of The Sound of Music
Rory Cowan ,Gay Byrne and Marty Whelan at the opening night of The Sound of Music
Aoibhinn Garrihy at the opening night of The Sound of Music at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin.
Jessica Whelan ,Maria Whelan and Caoimhe Faughnan at the opening night of The Sound of Music at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin. Pictures:Brian McEvoy
Chupi Sweetman-Pell
Debbie O'Donnell & Ruth Monaghan photographed on board the visiting Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship, at a special dinner in Dublin to celebrate IMAGE Magazine's 40th birthday. Photo: Anthony Woods
Ann Reihill & Liberato Santoro photographed on board the visiting Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship, at a special dinner in Dublin to celebrate IMAGE Magazine's 40th birthday. Photo: Anthony Woods
Martha Lynn photographed on board the visiting Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship, at a special dinner in Dublin to celebrate IMAGE Magazine's 40th birthday. Photo: Anthony Woods
Brian O'Driscoll and Amy Huberman in her dress by Stephanie Allin from Myrtle Ivory
Pictured at the opening night of 'The Bog of Cats' by Marina Carr at The Abbey Theatre were Olwen Fouéré and David Heap.
Pictured at the opening night of 'The Bog of Cats' by Marina Carr at The Abbey Theatre were (L-R) Siobhan Cullen, Mark Huberman, Geneveive Hulme-Beaman and Jamie O'Neill.
Ian Madigan speaking last night at the launch of fantasyrugger.com
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Fifty years ago Maria Von Trapp burst on to the big screen, singing about Lonely Goat Herds and Solfège.

And it seems we just can't get enough of the swirling and twirling novice-turned-governess.

The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre was packed to the rafters this week for the opening night of The Sound of Music.

2FM's Lottie Ryan arrived with her sisters Babette, Bonnie, and mum Morah.

"We're a bit like the Von Trapps," Lottie chimed. "We all grew up singing the songs and dancing to them."

Newly-engaged The Fall actress Aoibhinn Garrihy flitted about chatting to veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne.

Magnificent mustachio presenter Marty Whelan arrived with his wife Maria - the couple have just celebrated their thirtieth wedding anniversary.

"She's my first wife and my only wife," Marty said. "I couldn't afford another."

Marty and Maria celebrated their pearl wedding anniversary down in Marlfield House. "We had a lovely dinner and a lovely drive and great craic. We're best friends."

Now Marty is throwing himself into finishing his musical-inspired memoirs That's Life. The book will explore themes of love, childhood and friendship by revisiting the music of David Bowie, Paul McCartney and last but not least - Norman Wisdom.

"I have a lot of deadlines that are driving me crazy but it is good apart from that."

Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan arrived with pal Derek Mooney. The two gents are hardcore Edelweiss fans and travelled to Salzburg earlier this year to visit the most iconic sites.

"I had the time of my life," Cowan said. "It was a riot, we visited all the big sites, even the gazebo."

Cowan kept us all entertained by recalling the first time he had watched Julie Andrews waltz through the Austrian hillside.

"When I saw the Nazis arrive I started screaming 'Look at those fecking eejits!' Needless to say my mother hauled me out of the cinema straight away," he said.

"But tonight I'll be screaming and singing along."

The final curtain was met with rapturous applause. Danielle Hope, who won BBC talent show Over the Rainbow, took on the lead role of Maria. "She's a treat and a dream to play," she said.

Chupi's designs fit for a Queen in NY

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Jewellery designer Chupi Sweetman-Pell (pictured) got a right royal surprise when Buckingham Palace placed an order for some of her sparkly bangles and bracelets. 

"It was pretty surreal," the delightfully named designer said.

Having showcased her designs at the prestigious Saatchi Gallery, Chupi hopped on a plane to the Big Apple to attend the NY Now trade show.

"This month has been insane but in an amazing way," she said. "Next month we're in Paris and showing at London and New York Fashion Week."

According to Chupi, her pieces are designed to appeal to "our inner magpie".

"So lots of sparkle," she laughed. But it's not all work for Chupi; she's been making sure to sample Manhattan's culinary delights. "I'm a huge foodie. My favourite thing to do is eat my way around NY."

All aboard for some birthday celebrations

By Bairbre Power

Dublin bay looked ab fab from the 15th Deck Lawn Club  on the visiting Celebrity  Silhouette cruise ship where there was a special dinner afloat to celebrate IMAGE magazine's 40th birthday.

Pre-dinner drinks were on the lawn, which measures half an acre, and glasses tinkled as we surveyed the beauty of the bay from the ship as it over-nighted for the first time in the port.

It was a glorious evening and how lovely to be joined by one of the original Image super women - of which there have been many - Ann Reihill who was a co-owner with Kevin Kelly.

Ann attended the landmark B-day with her husband, Liberato, and posed for pics with Laura George.

Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief of Image Publications, was the hostess with the mostest and looked very glam indeed with her 1940s-style coiffed hair and new Louise Kennedy gown.

Michael English, head of business development at Celebrity Cruises, mingled with guests and I spotted Clodagh Edwards, CEO of Image Publications, chatting over dinner in the Tuscan Grille with Debbie O'Donnell and the lovely Ruth Monaghan whose amazing flowers are always the talk of Dublin's chicest weddings and exclusive dinner parties.

Ingrid Hoey, stylist to the stars, looked fab in a Kate Moss for Topshop dress which she pulled out of the wardrobe, complete with price tags, and as we admired it she explained it was a buy from 2014.

Ingrid, her husband Neil and their two daughters are just back from a glorious week in London where they stayed in a super chic base off Eaton Sq which was an Airbnb find. Don't you just love when friends share gems like that?

Back on land, guests headed to the piano bar at Residence and there was more cake by Cocomoiselle. Guests danced into the night and went home with gifts of Voya face mask, a fall collection gift from YSL Beauty, a Paperblank 18-month diary and truffles from Marks & Spencer.

Isn't that what Sundays are made for: face masks and choccies!

Here comes the bride's wedding dress designer

By Bairbre Power

In bridal terms, it's definitely been the most talked about Irish wedding dress in years. Amy Huberman's 'Symphony' princess-bride gown (pictured) propelled the name of Welsh designer, Stephanie Allin, onto the lips of every bride here and, not surprisingly, her 2015 Dolce Vita collection turned into a major sell-through at the Myrtle Ivory boutique after Amy and Brian tied the knot five years ago.

Well, the big news is that the award-winning designer is headed this way. Stephanie dressed Rosanna Davison, (on the cover of today's Weekend magazine) for the Ibiza leg of her wedding celebrations and Stephanie is coming to Dublin for the exclusive wedding forum at the Shelbourne Hotel on October 21.

Sunday Independent's Beauty Editor Triona McCarthy will be there to tell you how to look your very best on your big day and there will be advice from planners, photographers and honeymoon experts.

Ms Huberman continues to cause the 'Amy effect' on the retail front. Amy's latest collaboration with 'Bourbon' shoes isn't due in stores until September 1 and already those gold 'Flashdance' shoes she wore on the cover of September edition of Tatler magazine have sparked a flood of pre-orders.

Bet Tommy Bowe is hoping for the same effect. Yesterday the hunky Ireland and Ulster player donned the latest pieces from his collection for Lloyd&Pryce which, like Amy's Bourbon shoe range, is run by the McArdle brothers of Buddha Brand in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan.

And as fate would have it, one of the best selling men's shoe styles that Tommy named after fellow players was, yes you've guessed it: the O'Driscoll boot!

Theatre's finest turn out for Abbey latest

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Owner of the best cheek bones in Ireland, actress Olwen Fouéré, was feeling a tad nostalgic at the opening of By the Bog of Cats.

Fouéré played the lead role of Hester Swane in the original production 17 years ago. "So it will be strange sitting in the audience this time round," she said.

The latest production sees theatrical dream team director Selina Cartmell and playwright Marina Carr reunite.

Actor Mark Huberman, brother of Ireland's undisputed style queen Amy, arrived with his girlfriend Siobhan Cullen by his side.

Mark will play the part of Creon in Wayne Jordan's upcoming production of Oedipus Rex at The Abbey.

Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival, Willie White, talked about his love of Lycra and long-distance bike rides.

Musician Ger Kelly and ingénue Genevieve Hulme Beaman dashed through the doors at the last minute.

Former Artistic Director of The Abbey, Joe Dowling, talked about his upcoming production of A View From The Bridge at The Gate Theatre. "I've no plans on retiring anytime soon," he said. "So all job offers will be accepted."

Luke makes the cut for his dream team

By Kirsty Blake Knox

It was all banter, bevvies and brawn in Ballsbridge's Horse Show House Pub for the launch of new app Fantasy Rugger. "Obviously I'm on my own Fantasy World Cup Rugby team," Luke Fitzgerald said. "You have to back yourself. It would be a little tragic if you didn't make your own World Cup cut."

But fly half Ian Madigan was in disagreement. "No, I wouldn't do that. I prefer picking other players and enjoying the bragging rights," he laughed.

It was an eventful old week for the Leinster squad with former Ireland captain Leo Cullen being named as Head Coach. "The room goes quiet whenever Leo talks," Madigan said. "I think all the squad were happy with the decision."

Luke was feeling the burn after a strenuous training session. "The squad hasn't been picked yet so getting on the team is an actual fantasy at the moment," he said. "We are all trying to impress Jo Schmidt."

After the brains behind the operation Michael Storan talked us through the shiny app, alickadoos downed a few scoops before picking their dream teams.

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