Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Dancing is all around us it seems. The celebrity charity crew who have done Strictly Against Breast Cancer fundraisers over the years are teaming up again this year for a major fundraiser on April 8 - only this time, participants could find themselves singing, too, in the competitively named Battle of the Stars.
"I'm praying that I will be dancing because in addition to the Strictly-style' dance-offs, there's going to be lip-sync battles," said the gorgeous TV presenter, Jenny Buckley, pictured above with her dancing partner, Mark Cahill. The former Billie Barry kid presented the Breast Cancer event with Aidan Power back in 2013, and danced with Mark Cahill the following year. Over the New Year, many of the team got together for a stroll - or should I say cha-cha - down memory lane.
From left: Patrick Molloy, Sinead Briody, Maik Lepatey, Elaine O’Reilly, Patricia Molloy, Annmarie Bourton and Emma Perrett
The Battle will feature many of the faces who participated in Strictly Against Breast Cancer over the past three years, including Elaine Crowley, who launched her new show on TV3 this week, 2FM's Eoghan McDermott, rugby pundit Shane Byrne, solicitor Gerald Kean, Red Rock actor Dave Crowley, Fair City actors George McMahon, Dave O'Sullivan and Jenny Dixon, as well as Triona McCarthy, from the Sunday Independent and weather-girl Helen Curran.
"If I have to sing, I always do Shirley Bassey's Big Spender or maybe I could do Beyoncé," said Jenny when we met for lunch.
Dancing has certainly gripped the nation this week thanks to the RTÉ show, and Nicky Byrne has kindly agreed to MC the charity event for which tickets are on sale at €150 per person from breastcancerireland.com.
Also celebrating over the holidays was (above) Patricia Molloy, owner of the Derma Clinic in Blackrock, Co Dublin who scooped the prestigious Skin Ceuticals 'Best Clinic in Ireland award' at the annual Aesthetics Awards. The prize was presented at a gala ball at London's Park Plaza, Westminster.
Hugh Statham was truly a man amongst women in the winner's enclosure at Naas races last Sunday. The popular local jeweller sponsored the Winter Ladies' Day racing and Hannah Crosse from Kilfeacle in Co. Tipperary (pictured above) won with her handsome monochrome outfit. I especially liked her hat by Galway's Edel Ramberg. The style on the day was very smart with lots of cosy faux furs and a heavy sprinkling of designers and milliners turning out, including Maire Forkin (pictured below with her sister Therese, left). I've come across lots of unusual elements over the years but a new one on me was discovering one competitor wearing an ivory feathery shrug which she bought in the childrenswear department at Dunnes Stores, discovering it in Paul Costelloe's Communion range.
Congratulationss to designer Niamh O'Neill and her husband, Garrett Greene, new parents to baby Lugh who arrived on January 5. Baby was named after an important god of Irish mythology and a member of the Tuatha Dé Danann.
Psst! The latest men’s fashion accessory to hit the zeitgeist may surprise a few. International darling J.W. Anderson is leading the charge with skinny ties made from colourful crocheted squares — just like those homely bedspreads your granny made!