Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
The & Other Stories arrival into Ireland and launch party in Grafton Street last week certainly pulled out the cool crowd and it was an opportunity to catch up with the uber glam PR, Fiona Mullen and her pal, the Queen of Nails herself, Andrea Horan, pictured, who worked in PR before opening her now world famous nail bar, Tropical Popical, on South William Street.
I say world famous because how can you measure the exposure it got when Saoirse Ronan mentioned it three times on the Ellen DeGeneres TV show, plus a few mentions on the Golden Globes red carpet.
The actress's name kept following me around the & Other Stories room because when I met designer Helen Steele, above, I admired her very chic printed trench. The mum-of-three duly informed me that it was from her forthcoming SS17 collection on sale at Costume and that it was based on the print that Saoirse Ronan wore to the Irish premiere of her Brooklyn movie in Dublin in October last year.
Helen has done a series of fab Christmas items for Costume, something that will delight her legions of fans.
Out and about, I bumped into Anton Savage when he was Master of Ceremonies at the Barnardos Spirit of Christmas Annual Gala Dinner at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham. Anton was chatting with Ruth Guy, pictured above, and I also met Sally Cooke and Paddy Bollard, pictured below, looking very handsome if I say so myself, in a satin trim velvet tux. Way to go Paddy!
We've all heard about Vampire facials, where you use your own blood to rejuvenate your face. But have your heard about the Mermaid facials which were devised by the talented Drs Mulrooney, Katherine and Jane? This year they opened their own cosmetic dermatology clinic, an all-white oasis on Dublin's Eglington Road. There, the Galway-born sisters devised the Mermaid facial using the Seavite range - which their late father developed, harnessing the power of seaweed. The sisters have expanded the range of organic, super nutrient-rich products and their Christmas gift sets are selling like hotcakes at the airport where I spotted them, and also in stores and pharmacies.
Lots of rave reviews about The Snow Queen at Smock Alley which runs until December 23 with matinees and evening performances. The Hans Christian Andersen classic fairy tale never fails to get me - and the smallies love it too.