Bairbre Power: Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
This morning, as you read this, I hope to be scampering half way over the Tralee mountains, on a well deserved route march after dancing the night away at the Rose of Tralee Ball. The 2014 Rose, Maria Walsh marked my cards in advance that it would be a seriously fashionable affair so I took her at her word.
Earlier in the week, I met five of the Roses when Melissa O'Gorman, store manager of the Kilkenny Shop on Nassau Street, hosted a reception for the early arrivals in town including the Cork Rose, Denise Collins and the Tyrone Rose, Genevieve Scullion.
The full squad of Rose of Tralee minders were out in force and I met Robbie Scanlan of Tipperary Crystal which has taken over as title sponsor of the Rose festival, and he attended the reception with his wife, Karen. They were busy deciding who will wear what jewellery in front of the 1.7million TV audience. The catering on the night was most interesting, especially the choice of celeriac soup and I'm definitely chasing down Kilkenny's food guru, chef Gerry Devlin, for that recipe.
The glamorous Galligan sisters, Careena and Lorraine, above, are celebrating 40 years of the family's beauty college which their mum, Kay, started in 1976. The dynamic, statuesque Cavan woman was a true pioneer in the Irish beauty industry and opened her beauty business opposite the Provost's House in Trinity. Four decades later, probably half the beauty therapists in the country have passed through the college.
"My big memory growing up was of mum sitting at her dressing table, using her Dorothy Gray cleanser and moisturiser every day," said Lorraine. It's a beauty regime that Kay drummed into her daughters. I'm not at all surprised to hear that Kay is as sprightly as ever with interests in bridge, water aerobics and trips to the National Concert Hall.
Bébhínn McGrath of Dunmore East, above, won the Tramore 2016 Style Evening wearing a two-piece dress and headpiece she created, matched with a vintage bag.
A costume designer, Bébhínn works mostly in film and TV and worked on Brooklyn and Vikings.
Timmy Ryan pictured above at the Prohibition party at Sam's Barbers on Dame Lane, with some authentic jazz sounds courtesy of the talented Conor McGrath. Timmy is director of Anchor Spirits Ireland, along with partner, Nichola Beresford. The couple founded the company in 2013 with another married couple who are based in the USA and the company currently produces two products, Muldoon Irish Whiskey Liqueur and Thin Gin. For the next two Saturdays, they are hosting a pop-up at Sam's Barbers so customers getting a short, back and sides or a buzz cut if that's your thing, will receive free Thin Gin tonic with their trim between 2pm-4pm.
Psst! Catriona Hanly has designs to be crowned the Irish Queen of modern tweed. The pocket-sized dynamo is showcasing her new fashion collection at her family’s Kilronan Castle on October 16.