Thursday 22 February 2018

Robbie and Claudine, the toast of Hollywood

Claudine and Robbie Keane were living it up with Dorit Kemsley
Claudine and Robbie Keane were living it up with Dorit Kemsley
Dorit Kemsley
Louise Kennedy will be raising funds for St Joseph's Shankill
Bono and Ali were at nuptials last week. Photo: Mark Condren
Celia Homan Lee
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

It seems like only yesterday - July, actually - that Rosanna Davison and Wesley Quirke were topping up their perma-tans in the Seychelles in some five-star establishment.

And before that, they were in Mauritius with her parents, Chris de Burgh and Diane Davison, for a post-Christmas break in another five-star establishment.

Last week, the literally golden couple were soaking up the rays in the Sunshine State - where else? - of America. This time, however, their luxurious lodgings weren't a five-star hotel on the beach.

No - it was better than that.

"Wes and I spent a week in Florida with friends renting a villa," the former Miss World told me upon her arrival in the not-so-sunshine country of Ireland last Tuesday morning.

"We stayed near Orlando as it was closer to everything we wanted to see. We hoped to take a trip to Miami but didn't have time."

This was because Ros n' Wes and their VBFs were busy visiting Disney World, Universal Studios and NASA's Kennedy Space Centre.

"Plus," added the model and author, "we took a swamp air-boat ride to look at alligators in the wild. It was great fun and a brilliant high to end the summer. I had never been to Florida. So it was lovely to feel like a child again at Disney."

Rosanna flew back in advance of her demo for her book Eat Yourself Fit yesterday at the Theatre of Food at the Electric Picnic.

Someone who doesn't need to eat himself fit, presumably, is Robbie Keane. The iconic footballer and his wife Claudine helped Boy George's manager Paul Kemsley celebrate his 50th birthday in - where else? - Beverly Hills last weekend. It was organised by Paul's wife Dorit, one of the stars, if that be the right word, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Claudine looked beauteous, as ever, in a silver bodycon guna.

Celia says 'Hi' to grandchild number five

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Celia Homan Lee

Celia Holman Lee (pictured) had an extra spring in her step at the ISPCC/Brown Thomas annual fashion show lunch last Friday at the Intercontinental.

This came courtesy of her son Ivan and wife Asta very recently providing Celia and husband Ger with grandchild number five, Alexander. "I'm over the moon," the connoisseur of all things chic, attending BT's fashion extravaganza with Annette Rocca, told me, adding that she was heading home to Limerick  to see the new arrival. Meanwhile, Wexford-born Brendan Howlin was in Hugo's for lunch last Thursday week. The Labour Party leader is a regular in the stylish French bistro on Merrion Row, as indeed is Enda Kenny and half the Dail. They know how to feed themselves, these politicians, don't they?

Louise Kennedy et al to showcase for Saint Joseph's

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Louise Kennedy will be raising funds for St Joseph's Shankill

Deja vu, as they say in Saint-Paul-de-Vence? Last week, this column had Alison Doody in the Four Seasons Hotel in Florence, and now here she is in my column again. This time, the beautiful ex-wife of Gavin O'Reilly (remember, remember him?) was spotted in Reid's Palace in Madeira, Portugal.

There was me thinking that only very old people went to Madeira. Far from it, evidently. Actress Alison enjoyed a glamorous breakfast and worked it off later in her very trendy Lululemon workout gear in the gym. Where will she be jetting off to next? Tune in next week and I'll tell you.

Meanwhile, equally glam TV star Elaine Crowley, in a glam black dress, celebrated her 40th birthday in the VIP suite in Krystle nightclub two weeks ago with an illustrious gang from TV3. The almost-as-illustrious Mayo and Tyrone GAA teams were in more recently - albeit, on separate nights. And why not? Last Saturday night Lee Moran of MTV's Ex On The Beach was also in the super-chic nightclub on Harcourt Street, along with various hipsters.

Speaking of hip, New York-based Kerry international designer of some note Don O'Neill is joining Louise Kennedy and the likes of Deborah Veale, Umit Kutluk and Helen Steele to showcase their autumn-winter 2017 collections at the Conrad Dublin on October 13.

Lorraine Keane is the MC and Allianz has come on board as an event partner, so it will be a great night with all funds raised going to support Saint Joseph's Shankill and their vision of creating Ireland's first village for dementia sufferers. Tickets, priced €100, from or by calling 01 271 9204.

Bernard McNamara's son marries on French Riviera

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Bono and Ali were at nuptials last week. Photo: Mark Condren

It's all weddings at the moment, isn't it? Bono was at one last weekend with the great and the good in Wicklow. And the great and the good - if not Bono - were at the nuptials of tycoon Bernard McNamara and wife Moira's son last Friday in the Cote d'Azur. Dashing Darragh McNamara, who works in AIB, got hitched in St Paul de Vence to Aimee Breslin, the niece of race horse owner John Breslin.

I'd say there were more Irish accents - and Irish-owned private jets flying into Nice airport - in Saint-Paul-de-Vence last Friday than French accents for what was definitely the Irish wedding abroad of the late summer.

But back to Bono in Wicklow.

After the wedding of his ex-manager's daughter, the U2 star - who has a second (or is that third?) home in Eze on the French Riviera - was spotted in the Roundwood Inn last Saturday evening with his beautiful wife Ali and a crew of colourful characters.

Sound the trumpets, for this colourful crew included: Michael Colgan, Dave Kavanagh, Bernie Doyle and John Gallagher, Marie and Joe Donnelly.

I am busily trying to work out which is posher - Wicklow or Saint-Paul-de-Vence? Answers on a scented Hermes handkerchief.

Sunday Independent

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