How do movie stars celebrate their birthdays? Depends on the movie star, of course. Patrick Bergin - who in 1991, Newsweek magazine talked of as the next Sean Connery - has never been one for the shallow trappings of fame.
Last Tuesday to mark his 69th birthday, he and his gorgeous girlfriend Helen Goldin visited the religious centre at Clonmacnoise, Co Offaly.
"We had a great time," Helen told me, adding that the previous day, her beau Bergin, as a new ambassador for Toyota, "collected his new Toyota Hybrid Camry and drove to Wineport Lodge and Spa near Athlone where we were graciously hosted by the lovely owners Ray and Jane Byrne."
Lest we forget, the first Irish actor to star in a $100m film - as the obsessive tormentor of Julia Roberts in Sleeping with the Enemy - first joined the Goldin Circle in the summer of 2017 when he began seeing green-eyed Helen of Mitchelstown.
Since then, they've been inseparable.
As such, they've been spotted everywhere from charity lunches at the Shelbourne (like Helen's VBF Miriam Ahern's CARI Summer Lunch) to dinner at Red Bank on Duke Street, to name but a few places that the glamorous duo has been seen.
I'm told that Patrick, who is originally from Mourne Road in Drimnagh, and has a fine singing voice, has been known to sing to Helen (whose great-grandmother was Lady Catherine Louisa Moore Morgan) at dinners and the like.
And why not?
Love's young dream aside, Patrick and Helen have become one of the nation's most stylish couples.
As a friend of Helen's revealed when they started seeing each other: "Helen has been on her own for almost 10 years since she lost her soulmate Paul" - in reference to famous hypnotist Paul Goldin, who passed away in 2008.
"She is very social but no one has entered her life until Mr Bergin came along. It is romantic. Dating is something teenagers do. But they are definitely smitten with each other."
They are definitely hypnotised by each other now.
I'm sure it wasn't a big operation. But RTE star Kathryn Thomas was in 37 last Friday night with her other half, Padraig McLoughlin. Going out with your husband on a Friday? What will they think of next? The Operation Transformation superstar was in the hipster venue on Dawson Street with Padraig and some friends.
Brian Dowling of Dancing with the Stars was also in 37 last week with some pals. There seems to be a friendship theme running through the diary this week. Stop me before I turn into a Minion beaming excitedly about Buddies!
Internationally feted Irish artist John Keating brought his life-long buddy, wife Miriam, to London last week to celebrate his 68th birthday with their two daughters, Ruth and Rebecca.
Both are barristers, based over there. John seems to be based everywhere: he has a travelling exhibition around Italy, plus his exhibition Heads Hands Life Fragments Still Life at Tipperary Museum of Hidden History in Clonmel has been extended until February 22.
Where were you on November 4, 2019? It only seems like yesterday when Gay Byrne went to the big chat show in Heaven. He was such a monumental part of Irish life and Irish culture, such a massive part of all our lives.
Try, then, to imagine for a second what that loss was like for his beloved wife, Kathleen Watkins.
Joy was unconfined, therefore, last Wednesday when Kathleen was seen suppering in Roly's Bistro in Ballsbridge Terrace, Dublin 4.
The flame-haired author - who married Gay on June 25, 1964, in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Saggart, Co Dublin - was with some close pals.
The previous Wednesday, Kathleen had been seen at the Gaiety for a performance of Martin McDonagh's The Lieutenant of Inishmore with some other close pals. (It says something about her that she has a loyal group of close pals.)
A source close to Kathleen told me that her next cultural expedition will be tonight at the 3 Arena, where she and family members will attend the gala performance of Riverdance.
"Twenty-five years ago Kathleen and Gay were there for the beginning of it," my Deep Throat in Sandymount told me, adding that Kathleen would be the special guest tonight of her VBFs John McColgan and Moya Doherty, the show's producers.
The begrudgers who accuse Daithi O Se of being stage Irish should avert their eyes now. He really is going on the stage. The West Kerry deity - and presenter of The Today Show on RTE One with Maura Derrane - is bringing his new stage show Daithi's Rhyme with Reason to the Kingdom: at the Listowel Arms Hotel on April 25 followed by "a hometown show" in Dingle on April 26, and the Ballyroe Heights Hotel in Tralee in May.
"The show is over 18s and even though my mother is over 18," Daithi told me, "I hope she doesn't come. She might disown me. My mother never disowned me before but I could be written out of the will after this... again!"
Whatever about his mother, Daithi's wife Rita is, mercifully, "delighted".
"She's doing a lot of the research in to the stories. I'm really looking forward to going home to Kerry with this show. There will be no TV cameras so it will be a good chance to leave whatever hair I have down," Daithi claims of the show that it will be "real crazy stories thrashed out by some of Kerry and Ireland's best and wittiest writers and personalities".
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