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The Diary: The Lock, Stock show gives it both barrels


Nick Moran at JDIFF screening of 'Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels'

Nick Moran at JDIFF screening of 'Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels'

Goffs party

Goffs party

Rachel Kavanagh and Tara O'Connor at the Image Business of Beauty Awards 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett

Rachel Kavanagh and Tara O'Connor at the Image Business of Beauty Awards 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel-photo Kieran Harnett

Kieran Harnett

Isobel & Caroline Flood with Phyllis Maguire pictured at The Daughterhood Supper in The Westbury Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods

Isobel & Caroline Flood with Phyllis Maguire pictured at The Daughterhood Supper in The Westbury Hotel. Photo: Anthony Woods

Gaybo Synge Street book launch

Gaybo Synge Street book launch


Nick Moran at JDIFF screening of 'Lock Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels'

If ever there was a sign you've reached 'Peak Hollywood' it must be bumping into Playboy billionaire Hugh Hefner and Tibetan Buddhist icon the Dalai Lama within a 12-hour period.

"I am the six degrees of separation between those two," Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels star Nick Moran laughed.

The cockney actor, who played Eddy the card sharp in Guy Ritchie's cult movie, was in town this week for the Jameson Cult Film Club in the Tivoli Theatre.

Dave Fanning hosted a lively Q&A before look-a-like actors re-enacted some of the movie's more memorable scenes - including Plank's head going through a wall.

Moran (pictured right) was keen to distance himself from his noughties bad boy persona - let's not forget this is the man who allegedly knocked out a paparazzo at the Lock, Stock premiere.

But talk of his 40th birthday bash revealed that wild side was still there.

"There was a 12-foot python, women wrestling in jelly, a casino, and a pole-dancing Jesus and Santa," he explained. Sounds like quite the night.

The theatre had been rigged out to replicate the Lock, Stock set with sunbeds, casino chips and a boxing ring.

Actress Leigh Arnold was enjoying a night out with gal pal Claire Malone.

"It feels so underground and New York here," Leigh said. "It's all-go for me at the moment, I'm shooting a movie in June and have a few radio plays coming up."

2FM's presenter Lottie Ryan chatted about an upcoming mini break to The G Hotel while Red Rock's Adam Weafer and actor Carl Shaaban darted about the make-shift "Timothy's Gym".

International male model and baker extraordinaire Sam Homan enjoyed a sneaky Jameson & Ginger while hungry movie buffs tucked into burgers.

Dublin city has been swarming with Hollywood's good, bad and truly bizarre for the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

Poldark star Aidan Turner and his beau and Anna Wintour's BFF Sarah Greene dismissed those engagement rumours; Russell Crowe went on a selfie spree outside the savoy; Kim Cattrall was her fabulous self and Ryan O'Neal left us a little bewildered.

Northern Irish actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh flew in for the premiere of Cinderella starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett.

"It was always going to be different from the 1950 animation," he said wandering down the red carpet.

"There were never going to be as many musical numbers or as much mouse interaction."

Branagh admitted navigating his way through the fairytale was a challenge.

"You're simultaneously dealing with the death of three parents and mice turning into horses so there is a lot going on."

Tomorrow, everyone's favourite novice-turned-governess, Maria Von Trapp, aka Julie Andrews, will be in town to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music.

Andrews will take to the stage of the Bord Gais Energy theatre to talk about her most iconic roles including prim and proper Mary Poppins, loveable flower-seller Eliza Doolittle, and Felonius Gru's mother in Despicable Me.


A race to the top at the BT's swish bloodstock get together

There was lots of warm congratulations for Elaine 'Legs' Lawlor, Goffs International director at Brown Thomas this week.

Elaine married her Australian businessman beau, Peter Barnett, in Melbourne last month. The new bride attended the Goffs celebration of style at Brown Thomas Dublin on Tuesday and is heading back to Australia next week for the Sydney Easter Racing Festival and bloodstock sales.

It was a fun night at the Grafton Street store with a show previewing an edited collection for the upcoming flat racing season.

It was a night where equestrian chat crossed happily, and fluently, with fashion. Stephen Sealey, MD of Brown Thomas and Henry Beeby, group CEO of Goffs, welcomed guests on arrival to the Designer rooms where they enjoyed a champagne and canapé reception followed by a fashion show presented by personal shoppers Michelle Curtin and Jeff Thompson, who showcased male and female looks from Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, Victoria Beckham, Roland Mouret, Dolce & Gabbana, Gieves & Hawkes and Canali.

Henry Beeby is certainly a busy man and after Tuesday's event, he was jetting off to the Middle East for the Dubai World Cup today. Champion jockey-turned-trainer Johnny Murtagh, who I last met at the inaugural Champions Weekend last September, was there with his stylish wife Orla. They were joined by their Curragh neighbours Patrick and Grainne Prendergast and Mark and Zoe Weld.

Johnny joked that after the menswear tips on the night, he'll be the best-dressed trainer on the Curragh this year. Trainer Jessica Harrington was there with her daughter, top jockey Kate Harrington, who is looking forward to the flat season.

Nikki McDowell, who will marry bloodstock agent Mick Flanagan in two months' time, was there and she has a really beautiful ring... well she is a McDowell from the Happy Ring House! Leading bloodstock agents, Peter and Anna Doyle, were celebrating their 43rd wedding anniversary.

- BP

Brains 'n' beauty at the hair Oscars

Beautiful, brainy and the best of friends, doctor sisters Dr Katherine Mulrooney and Dr Jane Mulrooney (pictured left) scooped the prize for 'Best Skin Clinic' at the Image Business of Beauty Awards.

Now in their second year, the BOBS are very much part of the Irish social scene and are dubbed as Ireland's hair and beauty Oscars.

The evening opened with bespoke Tanqueray gin and Ciroc vodka cocktails, created by Diageo's award-winning mixologists followed by a black-tie dinner for over 500 key industry professionals, held at Dublin's DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel on Sunday, with Image Magazine's editor-in-chief Melanie Morris in charge.

Guests at the event, which was held in association with Beverly Hills Formula, included Glossybox's Irish MD, Rachel Kavanagh (pictured right) who is thrilled to be expecting her second child this summer. Married and living in London, the former Fair City actress is spearheading the success of Glossybox in the UK and Ireland and she attended the event with her gorgeous mum Anne.

Mark O'Keeffe, owner of Brown Sugar, hosted a table and his guests were on their feet as the 'Best Hairstylist' gong went to Roy Leigh.


Old boys in suits (you Gaybo) recall days at 'Saint Trinian's with trousers'

"It was Saint Trinian's with trousers," Old Uncle Gaybo shouted cheerily as he reminisced about his alma mater, Synge Street CBS.

"They were rough days and they were tough days. We were beaten with straps, sticks, even the leg of a chair," Gay said.

"But those Christian Brothers gave us an education second to none". Ah yes, the good old days!

The oak room of Dublin's Mansion House was crowded with old boys in smart navy suits for the launch of Never a Dull Day: 150 Years of Synge Street CBS.

"Of course the brothers are probably spinning in their graves with all these female teachers running about the place," Gay noted. "But I welcome the change."

There was plenty of chat about tete-a-tetes with principals and school-yard pranks over glasses of wine.

Principal Michael Minnock spoke fondly of past pupils Eamonn Andrews, Milo O'Shea, Eamon Morrissey and Ronnie Walshe as former Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave (pictured centre with Gaybo and Michael Minnick) and Lord Mayor Christy Burke moseyed about the room.

The cost of the book was underwritten entirely by funeral director and past pupil Brian McElroy who, along with a dozen other attendees, was presented with a copy of the book.

"Well, now we know where I inherited 'There's one for everyone in the audience'," Gay shrugged.

Speaking of must-read books, Kathy Gilfillan of Lilliput Press's upcoming book Father+Sons sees a rake load of A-listers write about the paternal bond.

Bill Clinton, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, and Colin Farrell all contribute musings while out-of-action rock star Bono has sketched the pictures.


Mum-daughter bond brings laughter and tears

Coming, as it did, just after Mother's Day, there was a real comfortable, celebratory feel to The Daughterhood Supper held in the Grafton Suite at The Westbury Hotel, and hosted by the five-star hotel and Dubray Books.

Guests on the night included authors Róisín Ingle and Natasha Fennell, whose new book, The Daughterhood, is racing up the best sellers list.

They were joined by some of their families and friends, and there was a sprinkling of journalist pals including Joan Scales plus Sarah and Jane McDonnell from The Gloss.

Natasha explained how the supper was "a great chance for friends, sisters, mothers and aunts to tell us their stories, to express their hidden fears and share the highs and lows of being a daughter over some delicious food".

And yes, we were spolit rotten with a supper of tempting Irish artisan cheese, cured meats, mouth-watering Line Caught Seabass and a scrumptious dessert of seasonal berry profiterole, apple tarte tatin and white chocolate sorbet.

Natasha and Roisin both read from their paperback which is published by Simon & Schuster Ltd, but the real fun began when guests were invited to fill out comment cards about why they are 'mad about their mother/daughter' and why their mother/daughter 'drives them mad'.

Needless to say, that sparked lots of laughter, and a few tears, and we all went home with a copy of the book to enjoy. Great night. More like that please!

- BP

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