Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Majestic Adare Manor threw open its doors for a pre-St Patrick's Day fashion extravaganza as Brown Thomas hosted their SS2018 season launch for their Limerick customers.
The Champagne corks started popping at noon and over 100 guests sat down to a lunch and a fashion show styled by the inimitable Darren Feeney.
Over drinks I met with some of the local stylish ladies including Lorraine O'Connor (above, left) and Libby Hickey who, it turns out, were both wearing Victoria Beckham. When I swung around to admire the knot-tied silky top worn by local fashion queen Celia Holman Lee it was VB again!
Over lunch I chatted with Limerick store manager Liam Dwan who has just returned to the fair city after a spell in their Cork store. Liam was photographed with Aileen Wallace whose husband David played for Munster, Ireland and the Lions.
The revamped hotel is the epitome of luxury and I was intrigued to discover the building is a 'calendar house' with 365 windows and 52 chimneys.
Its grey limestone exterior was bathed in green light as I dined later with Pandora's Kendra Connolly and she introduced us to their brand new 'Shine' collection of jewellery in 18 carat gold-plated sterling silver, which has a lovely honey bee theme running through it.
Style queen Laura Whitmore wore Joanne Hynes at the launch of the Diet Coke Because I Can series where she was interviewed by our own Darren Kennedy.
The Westbury hosted the Dublin International Piano Competition for the third time with a recital featuring six Irish talents currently studying in the US, Canada and Paris, but they made it home just for the event.
Pictured are Katie Farrell from the Westbury with John O'Conor, co-founder of the DIPC, and pianist Antonia Huang.
He has the cinematic scowl of a moody baddie, but in real time, actor Liam Cunningham is charming with irrepressible smiling eyes. Dapper in pinstripes, he was centre of attention at the annual M&S St Patrick's Day breakfast at their Rooftop Café overlooking Grafton Street, where Liam posed with Frances Deasy, M&S Head of Marketing, before heading off to be Grand Marshall of the parade.