Monday 20 January 2020

Sun shines on Johnny for daughter's wedding day

Johnny Ronan (third from right) with his daughter Jodie and other family members on her wedding day
Johnny Ronan (third from right) with his daughter Jodie and other family members on her wedding day
Prince of pop Justin Bieber chilled at the K Club
Erasure's Andy Bell
RTE star Lucy Kennedy
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

When your dad is Johnny Ronan, maybe he can have a word with God about the weather for your big day. And so it proved last weekend in Kilternan. Because God (who wears his beard in a similar style to the buccaneer from Carrick-on-Suir) provided Jodie Ronan with the hottest day of the year for her wedding to her beau, John Savage.

The Kilternan Parish Church on Enniskerry Road last Saturday was the venue for this typically understated wedding for family and close friends (among them: Guggi, Dave Kavanagh, Robbie Fox and the blushing Simon Carmody Community themselves.) Indeed, the wedding showed what a close-knit family the Ronans are (Johnny's sister Gill attended), to say nothing of attractive.

As my late mother would say, they are a very good-looking family. Mary Ronan, looking goddess-like in a blue gown in the shimmering sun, looked more like Jodie's sister than her mother.

As for the father-of-the-bride, friends told me that Johnny never looked happier in his life as he did last Saturday, giving his beautiful daughter away. The sons - John Junior and James - are the image of their famous dad, too.

The recession is officially over now, as Johnny Ronan is smiling like his good old self once more, as you can see from the above photograph. Answers on a postcard as to what Johnny is joking about to his daughter. "I probably spent more getting my hair done than you, Jodie!"

Glad to have him back.

Five-day Bieber Fever at Dr Smurfit's K Club

Prince of pop Justin Bieber chilled at the K Club

Was there a doctor in the house? It would appear not. But bear with me. The K Club - owned by none other than Dr Michael Smurfit - had Bieber Fever.

The spectacularly swish five-star hotel in Kildare played host to Justin Bieber and his entourage all last week before his sold-out show at the RDS on Wednesday night.

He stayed in the €20,000-a-night Straffan House residence on the grounds of the 550-acre K Club estate for five nights.

Doubtless he got a significant discount because this is his second visit to Smurfit's sumptuous establishment. He flew out for a show in France yesterday morning.

He was spotted on the golf course last Tuesday afternoon for a round of golf (and spending time in the rooftop bar of The Marker Hotel on Grand Canal Square later last Tuesday).

Irish movie star Victoria Smurfit, on a whirlwind visit from her adopted home of Los Angeles, was also spotted in the famous hotel, owned by her uncle, last week with her kids.

But back to the Bieber.

The Prince of Pop's palatial home-from-home in Kildare came equipped with its own swimming pool, plus its own private chef and staff, plus 10 bedrooms, its own spa and gym.

That other Prince, Prince Albert II of Monaco, and his wife Charlene and children, spent 10 days (and possibly well over €200,000) at Straffan House last Christmas.

Respect for Andy in Lillie's

Erasure's Andy Bell

I imagine he got a little respect. Last Saturday, Andy Bell popped into Lillie's Bordello - after his band Erasure were special guests for Robbie Williams at the Aviva Stadium. Andy was joined in the permanently en vogue nightclub on Grafton Street by his VBF, Mr Pussy.

Also coming from Robbie Williams's sold-out concert that night were Pippa O'Connor and husband Brian Ormond - albeit seated at the show, not performing onstage.

Brippa, who recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary, enjoyed drinks in the garden area of House on Leeson Street with friends where they stayed for the night. On the same night, The Blizzards decamped to House after their gig supporting The 1975 at Malahide Castle. (It is the Royal Hospital Kilmainham for The Coronas' hugely anticipated, sold-out show next Saturday).

Arriving at 11pm, Bressie and the gang found themselves in the club's garden area before heading off around 2am.

On the Saturday afternoon, TV star Brian Dowling threw a baby shower for his VBF Eileen. It kicked off at 1pm with Prosecco and afternoon tea before they all made the short walk to Lower Baggot Street for dinner at Xico.

Inspired evening in the Kingdom

RTE star Lucy Kennedy

Inspired by name - inspired by nature. The community initiative, which is based in Tralee, held a fashion show last Friday at the Ballyroe Heights Hotel. 

The 250 people who attended this fund-raiser in the Kingdom got to see the models, many of whom had learning disabilities, strut their stuff on the catwalk. In Kerry to mark their wedding anniversary, fashion designer Don O'Neill and his husband Pascal Guillermie walked with the Inspired models.

Local TD Michael Healy-Rae arrived with TV cameras - no, he hadn't said something off-colour in the Dail. He was with Lucy Kennedy, with whom he is filming Livin' with Lucy, and joined the RTE star on the catwalk.

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