Thursday 22 February 2018

The Edge: Rosie 'n' Wes hit Spain while Tommy 'n' Tina take Manhattan

Rosanna Davison is heading to Barcelona to celebrate her birthday.
Rosanna Davison is heading to Barcelona to celebrate her birthday.
Tommy and Tina jetting off.
Blaise - orange is not the only colour.
A refulgent Ali Hewson was in House after the Adele concert.
Shane and Victoria - earth didn't move, but they did
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

The hills of Wicklow will be especially lonely next month. This is because local girl Rosanna Davison will be away. The former Miss World is being whisked abroad by her husband, Wesley Quirke, to Spain.

"I'm laying pretty low this week putting the finishing touches to my book," Rosie told me. "But I'm looking forward to a trip to Barcelona in April with Wes."

The romantic trip is partly for Ireland's most loved-up couple to continue to be loved-up in the sunny confines of Catalonia, but ostensibly it is about marking an important event. "It is to celebrate my birthday," Rosanna told me, adding that they will be staying in the five-star Hotel Arts in Carrer de la Marina by the beach.

Almost as amorous as Rosie 'n' Wes are Tommy Fleming and lovely wife Tina. They enjoyed a dinner a deux in Fade Street Social restaurant in Dublin 2 last Monday, the day after Tommy's sold-out show at Bord Gais Energy Theatre.

The tender-hearted duo of Tommy 'n' Tina are jetting off to New York the week after next when Tommy's UK tour finishes. "We'll disappear to New York," tearaway Tommy told me.

"We'll catch up with some friends there and take in some shows. Tina shops for Ireland when she gets States-side! But our real getaway is Sesimbra in Portugal. That's our recharge time every summer," said Tommy, adding that he and Tina "are waiting for the new glamping village to open in Enniscrone this summer to do something different near home.

"The best trip we ever had was the trip to Australia for six weeks in 2014," the gorgeous Tina added, mentioning a cruise she and her famous husband took leaving Sydney Harbour and visiting Isle of Pines and other islands in New Caledonia. "We also did all the usual wild-life experiences - snakes and diving with great white sharks! We also toured the Sunshine coast for three weeks while temperatures hit 40 degrees. To finish off the holiday Tommy performed with Elaine Paige in Sydney and Melbourne."

Blaise is back in black

Someone stop me before I turn into a mincing old fash hag. (For the record: my wife thinks I already have.) The fashion oracles who say that the colour trend for this summer for ladies' apparel is all about bright hues might want to take a glug of their (free) Champagne flutes now as your diarist is about to commit sacrilege - and disagree with them. . .

Black is back.

Admittedly, this fashion forecast is not based on any firm evidence other than Blaise O'Donnell wore a black cape to her pal Emma Cullen's birthday dinner party last weekend in Dublin.

But that is enough evidence for me of something important afoot as Blaise - ex of Gorse Hill in Killiney - must be taking it pretty seriously herself; she has moved from her previous (semi) permanent look of an orange dress (made world-famous at the Sunday Independent 'End Of Summer' party on the rooftop of the Marker Hotel in Dublin last August) to this dark caped crusader look.

The dinner party took place in a house with a three-course meal, blue and white balloons and a fabulous table setting complete with good wines. Nearly 20 other posh South Dublin girls attended, including Blaise's side-kick and newly engaged brunette Melissa McKey among them, last Saturday night.

I can't confirm whether they shook the walls all night with laughter, but one thing was certain - Blaise is back in black.

Ali's luminosity lit up Leeson Street

Work with me on this. Is there a phrase or a noun to describe a gaggle of leading lights cum superstars out on the town with the most famous and pre-eminent of them all - Bono?

No? In any event, there were lots of A-list celebrities seen strolling in the street - Leeson Street - after the Adele concert last weekend with the aforesaid most famous and pre-eminent of them all: Bono. Try to keep up at the back there, will you?

Last Saturday night, Bono, the Simon Carmody Community, Guggi et al were back in House on Saturday night. (I say back, because Bono was in House with Guggi et al over the Christmas.)

Mind you, this wasn't just any Bono excursion into town on a Saturday night. God - no. The messianic U2 singer, perhaps sometimes referred to as God, was in the Leeson Street hipster hang-out House with some very special guests indeed.

Okay, you can't get any more special than Bono's incomparable other-half Ali, who was in very prepossessing, nay pulchritudinous, attendance on Saturday night. Her luminosity lit up Leeson Street.

Radiant Mrs Hewson notwithstanding, Bono's esteemed gang also included other members of his band, plus Guggi, Colin Farrell and Adele's management. The distinguished group arrived at House after the Adele concert at 10.30pm where they had a large table reserved in the conservatory to enjoy a sit-down meal and some drinks.

I can't confirm that the very righteous Bono actually turned Ballygowan water into wine (Châteauneuf-du-Pape or Châteauneuf-du-Bono?) during the event, but your diarist can guarantee you that they all had almost as great an evening in House as they did at the Adele concert in the 3Arena. (Domhnall Gleeson and Laurence Kinlan were also in House that night.)

Another person close to my heart who had a great evening at the Adele concert was Morah Ryan. "Adele was magic," magic Morah told me. "Roll on the summer."

Roll on, indeed.

Rhona 100pc without Charlie for races

Women hold up half the sky? It looked like all of it last Tuesday, International Women's Day, as  events took place across Dublin celebrating Mna na hEirean. Your diarist bumped into Astrid Brennan and her boss Rhona Blake, MD of Ireland's foremost  PR Agency, FleishmanHillard (both pictured), heading into the Shelbourne Hotel all suited and booted to mark the third year of the IAPI Doyenne Awards.

Awesome Astrid along with five other female leaders  from the worlds of advertising, media sales and PR were finalists in the prestigious award. The overall award was won by the fabulous Cera Ward from Google. Rhona is also a member of the 30pc Club Steering Committee who were involved in many International Women's Day events across the country from Cork to The  Convention Centre  where Accenture's amazing Paula Neary hosted 1200 guests. For the record, Rhona is 100pc rather than 30pc (get it?) without her husband Charlie Murless this week as he is leaving her to go to watch the fillies in Cheltenham. So it's official: Rhona is less her Murless.

Shane and Victoria make the big move - Sandymount to Ballsbridge

There goes the neighbourhood! Only joking. Libertine extraordinaire Shane MacGowan has moved into a very plush part of Ballsbridge next door to the Royal Dublin Society. Granted - he was living prior to that in an equally plush part of Sandymount for years.

Last Wednesday, Shane and his soul-mate/muse/long-standing partner, the beautiful Victoria Mary Clarke made the big move.

Doubtless they will be as happy in their new home in this different part of Dublin 4 as they were in Sandymount (I had dinner with them one night; Victoria and Shane are quite the hosts - and cooks.)

More good news for The Pogues superstar is that he got out of hospital last week after a few complications. He had double pneumonia, but is now, I'm delighted to report, almost back to his old self.

Now he is home to his loving (and lovely) girlfriend Victoria, who is presumably ministering to him night and day, it won't be too long before is back in the studio or onstage doing what he does best.

"Shane is dying to get back to work," Victoria said.

I await the new compositions that will be soon winging our way. Rainy Night In Sandymount? Misty Morning, Samuel Beckett Bridge?

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