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The Edge: Wedding bells for Siobhan in Gib on Dad's anniversary


Siobhan McClafferty

Siobhan McClafferty

Padraig and Caroline Harrington

Padraig and Caroline Harrington

Heading west: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion

Heading west: Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion


Siobhan McClafferty

Siobhan McClafferty found a big rock in Gibraltar three weeks ago. No, not that one, sillies.

A diamond one. . .

The Portmarnock beauty married her partner Julian O'Sullivan in a "private" ceremony in Gibraltar.

Siobhan, who won Miss Ireland in 1990 and went on to become runner-up in the Miss World contest (she lost by a measly point) married Julian in an exceedingly intimate affair on February 19th.

It was a special day on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula in more ways than one for the former beauty queen turned business woman.

February 19th was her late father Joseph's birthday anniversary. "We got married on that day because I always wanted my dad to be there when I married," Siobhan told your diarist exclusively.

I mean - duh! - who else is she going to tell?

"I always wanted my dad to give me away. So this was the closest thing to it, in my eyes, the next best thing," she continued.

"I felt it was kind of like he was there," continued Siobhan, referring to her father who died in November, 1999. She added that the nuptials in Gibraltar was just Julian and her.

"We have been planning the wedding for a good while. We just wanted it to be the two of us, and not to have all the stress of a big wedding and all the planning and headaches," said Siobhan.

They met in July, 2012, at Dublin Airport. She was there to meet her little brother John off a flight from Madrid while Julian was coming in off a flight from America - where, for your information, Siobhan and Julian are about to move to after the excitement of their very low-key wedlock dies down a little.

"Julian and I wanted our wedding to be about two people who are uniting in love," she gushed. "We will, of course, have a big party for all our family and friends soon to celebrate our great news."

This column will, of course, be there to give you all the details of who was there, etc.

And given that Siobhan's sister Jackie is married to the late Charles Haughey's son Conor, you never know who will be at the party to help Siobhan and Julian mark their happy event.

Perhaps most importantly, Siobhan's own father Joseph will be there in spirit.

Padraig Harrington's party to mark PGA win

I'm with Jack Benny on this. "Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air." Joking aside, golfers are generally great fun to be around and certainly know a thing or two about the joys of clubbing.

Night-clubbing, even.

Take the legendary Pádraig Harrington. He had a lot to celebrate recently. And last weekend to mark his unforgettable, even dramatic, win at the Honda Classic at the Palm Beach Gardens golf course in Florida last Monday week, he threw a party for 20 friends.

Yes - 20 friends. Well, it was his first PGA tour title since 2008.

The illustrious sportsman, who hails from Rathfarnham, and his group were booked into the plush Wine Room in House on Leeson Street for 8.30pm, last Saturday.

Ronan Flood, Pádraig's uber-caddy and brother-in-law (he married Susie Gregan, the sister of Pádraig's wife, in 2007) arrived first with his lovely wife Susie Gregan at 8.15pm. They were quickly followed by the main man himself Padraig with his beautiful wife Caroline. There was champagne on the table for their arrival and canapés were served at 9.45.pm.

I'm sure everything - food, service, etc - was well above par.

My Deep Throat at the swish-est soiree in town told me that, "It was very calm and just a really relaxed vibe. Just a small celebration with his close friends and family. They stayed the night in the VIP area of House all evening." The host Padraig left at about 1.30am.

On the subject of great sportsmen, former Liverpool legend Ian Rush and his gorgeous, Cork-born girlfriend Carol are jetting out tomorrow at 1pm from Manchester to spend St Patrick's Day in Burma. And why not?

Eamon (and Steven) to visit Farrell clan in LA

Sandymount will possibly be in mourning. Two of its coolest residents will be away for Easter. 

Eamon Farrell and Steven Mannion, for it is they, are jetting over to Los Angeles to visit the Farrells: Colin, Claudine, Catherine and mother Rita, all of whom are based in the Californian city.

They will be staying with Eamon's mother Rita and husband, Terminator 3 producer Joel B Michaels.

In fact, Los Angeles is something of a second hometown for Ireland's hippest gay couple, Eamon and his husband Steven. They spent Christmas there.

"Yeah, LA for Christmas and now Easter - we're very lucky," said Eamon. "We'll see all the family."

As for where he and Steven and the entire Farrell clan will be visiting this time around, Eamon explained that he loves Laurel Hardware restaurant "near my mam's. Cafe Roma in Beverly Hills is a really laid back place for family dinners and chill out time," Eamon added.

So, who'll mind their dogs Bess, Rosie and Lilly, when they're away?

"My God-daughters Molly and Ruby move in!" explained Eamon, who had been at ex-Westlife singer Markus Feehily's show at the Olympia Theatre last Sunday. The reason we had this chat last Monday was I met them after the Yes Equality launch in the Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital.

"It was a wonderful day," Eamon said, "there was a huge positive energy in the room. We are now the YES Equality campaign, which I guess makes them the NO equality campaign, something that I hope doesn't sit too well with the Irish electorate!"

Sunday Independent