Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Former National Hunt jockey, Paul Carberry, enjoyed some family time at the weekend and it was wrapped around great poignancy.
Paul with his wife Rachel and their children, Kacey-Lou and Elle-Jay, attended the Bobbyjo Chase Day at Fairyhouse last Saturday. The annual event is a warm-up to the Easter Festival and the title race, the Bobbyjo Chase, was first run in 2003 and is named after the racehorse, Bobbyjo, who won both the Irish Grand National in 1998 and the 1999 English Grand National. The horse was trained by racing legend, the late Tommy Carberry and famously ridden by his son, Paul.
The family were all present to mark a new race, the Tommy Carberry Handicap Hurdle. It was run for the first time in memory of Tommy who passed away last year.
The winner of the Bobbyjo Chase on Saturday was a real family affair for the Mullins clan as Bellshill won for champion trainer Willie Mullins and was ridden by his nephew, David Mullins.
The county Meath racetrack was busy on the day and general manager, Peter Roe, made sure all went according to plan.
At the M&S new season showcase at Ely Place, I was over like a light to find out more about the grey check suit with lemon stripe worn by Jo Hales, M&S head womenswear buyer. "It's Limited Edition", Jo told an interested gaggle, after which we all scattered to check out that check which is called 'Storm.' Jo was over the for the event hosted by Carmel Breheny, (pictured main photo, on left, with Jo), who is marketing manager for M&S in Ireland.
Meanwhile, Happy Year of the Dog! We marked the new year at Kildare Village with His Excellency Dr Yue Xiaoyong, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, and Victor Biffi Rosano, the Village's Business Director.
It's Margaret Molloy's fashion baby, so to speak, and entries close on March 5 for Wearing Irish NYC 2018, supported by Bank of Ireland. Eight of Ireland's best fashion/accessories designers will head to New York for a showcase programme. Winners will be announced on March 16.
All details from wearingirish.com
Kim O'Sullivan, the woman with the best brows in Ireland and a PhiBrow Master, no less, attended the Brown Thomas Wild Beauty event which has been attracting the best Irish and visiting international make-up experts and artists. Pop-up stores are nothing new but imagine my surprise to find this pop-up destination on their carpark rooftop!
Put March 10 in your diaries as there's a special fragrance event with Emma South of Jo Malone London. Meanwhile, Magee 1866 hosted a spring showcase, at which I met top stylist Cathy O'Connor. The standout piece was the Moyne boyfriend jacket made from an intricate design in silk and wool and woven at their mill in Donegal.