Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Hats and horses, my week was full of both as I raced around the RDS Showgrounds to judge the Dundrum Town Centre Ladies Day Best Dressed competition last Thursday.
Selfies were the order of the day and smiles were wide. I bumped into Sarah Lynch with Jeanette Jordan, marketing manager of DTC (pictured below) who hosted a lunch in the Dundrum VIP suite overlooking the band lawn. Depending on who you sat beside, they were either looking at the fashionable hats, or the sleek equine beauties below.
Congratulations are in order for Faith Amond from Carlow. Resplendent in red, this Best Dressed veteran was attending her 40th Dublin Horse Show and should give masterclasses in grooming.
That night, the glamazons headed to the Shelbourne Hotel where the style squad were out in force and I met up with my fellow judges in the Best Dressed competition, Carol Kennelly and Marietta Doran who were photographed chatting with designer, Heidi Higgins.
The winner on the night was Louise Allen, above, from Slane, Co Meath. People in the Shelbourne Hotel thought the judges were having a row as we sat in the lounge and consulted about the visions we had just witnessed in the No. 27 Bar.
Melanie Morris, editor in chief of Image Publications, could be heard declaring, "Well you are overruled", but far from being a row, I can reveal that three judges - myself, Melanie and Marietta - were standing firm that we wanted Louise to win and our fellow judge, milliner Carol Kennelly was kind of bashful to agree... because she had made the hat.
Victorious Louise Allen almost didn't turn up at the Shelbourne on Thursday night. "I was up writing my thesis until 5am and lost track of time. Then I ripped the lining of my dress and someone ran into the back of my car on the way," she told me, but luck was on her side in the end!
It was lovely to be back in Cork, if only for a short break. The Irish Independent Laurels finals at Curraheen Park was a fun night and I was there to judge the Best Dressed Couple competition. Conor and Lisa O'Donovan from Cobh were presented with their €1,500 prize by Paul Whelan, Assistant Manager of Wilton Shopping Centre (above).
I also donned my nautical stripes and headed to Crosshaven for Cork Week at which the new Volvo S90 was showcased. I met lunch organiser (above) Mary Jones, with Volvo Ambassador, Francis Brennan and Patricia Greene of Volvo at the RNLI Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show, hosted by Francis, in the Royal Cork Yacht Club