Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
The roof just had to go down on the car, given the sunshine which greeted us as we set off for Dowth and the Royal county of Meath.
Owen Brennan of Devenish Nutrition pictured below with his sister-in-law, Helen Stanton and, on his right, Penelope Lindsay-Fynn, hosted the launch of his Point to Point & Country Fair which runs over Hallowe'en weekend next month.
Owen kick-started the Dowth Hall racing tradition last year and the origins of the equestrian event dates back to the 1700s. He owns and runs Devenish Nutrition, the animal nutrition company which supplies products to over 25 countries globally. He and his wife, Alice, are restoring Dowth Hall, a mid-18th century house and estate bordering the Boyne between Slane and Drogheda. The couple are well known on the hunting field and welcomed over 60 guests on Monday, including Alex and Carina Mount Charles from nearby Slane Castle.
I spotted Nikki Flanagan, main photo above, of McDowells Jewellers, her newborn son Ivor and her husband, Mick, the popular bloodstock agent who had just flown in from Shanghai. Edward and Alex Galvin from Ardmulchan Castle attended with their children, and Clare Ludlow (belowe) arrived with her stunning hound, Skip. I also met Harry Fowler of Rahinston and Tamso Doyle, whom Owen brought on board to organise Point to Point.
The six races run over three miles will be held on Sunday, October 30 at 12.30pm. The lunchtime start should be no problem for the 300 guests attending the Devenish Charity ball in aid of Farm Africa, the night before. Owen told me that a marquee will be bathed in light in the middle of the racecourse and 300 guests will enjoy a feast designed by Michelin star chef Richard Corrigan. Yum!
The brekkie at Natalie B Coleman's SS17 'Donkey Love' show was inspired by her time spent on Inis Meáin in 2001. We sipped Belvedere vodka spritzers and nibbled island pear and frangipane tart from Currabinny foods. Apart from the gorgeously romantic clothes, all eyes were on the designer's beautiful smiling daughter, Eden, dressed in striped jacquards from the collection, and happily posing with mum and Today FM's Louise Duffy, above. On Thursday, Natalie went back to lecturing at NCAD where her husband, John Paul Dowling, is head of the visual communications department. Snapchat sensation, James Kavanagh who set up Currabinny with his boyfriend, William Murray, was hands-on when it came to serving their food - as our pic with Lorraine Keane below shows.
Jonathan Swift fans are in seventh heaven, tucking into Lilliput cake (the portions are not small) in Dublin's Conrad Hotel's new bar - named Lemuel after the fictional narrator in Gulliver's Travels. Swift was Dean of the city's St Patrick's Cathedral but fans know he was actually born close to Christ Church cathedral.