Sunday 26 January 2020

Summer drinks in the sun

Summer drinks: Joanne Byrne and Gordon D'Arcy
Summer drinks: Joanne Byrne and Gordon D'Arcy

Top public relations gurus, Joanne Byrne and Sinead Ryan of Presence PR, invited their team and a handful of clients and friends for summer drinks on Wednesday night on the sun-filled terrace of The Exchequer, which has become the go-to wine bar since it opened in Ranelagh six months ago.

It's always a pleasure to bump into one of the rugby world's most charming men, the bearded Gordon D'Arcy, who is one of the partners in the new pub along with his old Clongowes school pals, Peter Rock, son of crooner, Dickie Rock, and Ian Tucker.

There was a good crew on the night, including my favourite Christmas panto dame, Joe Conlon, who is signed up for the Peter Pan panto at the Gaiety this Christmas. Couturier, Synan O'Mahony, is making the finale guna.

Also spotted were restaurateur Joe Macken and Noel Anderson, who share a business partner in Irish rugby player, Jamie Heaslip. Noel is also one of the new owners of the old Bellamy's pub in Ballsbridge alongside Heaslip, the Kearney brothers, Rob and Dave, plus Sean O'Brien.

Amongst those enjoying the platters of tapas were Naoise Nunn, who is in final stages of preparation for Mindfield at this year's Electric Picnic. Guests included RTE publicist, Maureen Catterson, and Melanie Morris, editor in chief of Image Publications, who attended with her hubbie, Trevor Rigley.

TV3's Anna Daly dropped in, as did TV producer Darren Smith, who has just finished filming RTE 1's big hit of last year, Ireland's Fittest Family. He was just in time for the birthday cake that was brought out for Joanne who celebrated her birthday on Monday. She looked fab on Wednesday in a gold John Rocha coat and a healthy tan, courtesy of climbing Croagh Patrick.

Presence PR exec Gemma Kenny is just back to work after honeymooning in Mauritius and Paris. The airline weighed Gemma's hand luggage on the Paris to Dublin leg. Her bag was "full of shoes and they charged me €70".

Ouch!

- BP

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