Friday 23 February 2018

The Edge: All-Ireland star Valerie and Meg to tie the knot

In love: Valerie Mulcahy and Meg Blyth are to wed and posed, above, for RSVP magazine
In love: Valerie Mulcahy and Meg Blyth are to wed and posed, above, for RSVP magazine
Out with a glam group: Blaise O'Donnell
Glam event: Amanda Byram
Laura Nolan is expecting
Ali Chawke has given birth to her daughter
International man of fashion: Don O'Neill with Oprah Winfrey
Dishy: Nadia Forde was due to have dinner with her new man Dominic Day last night

Your diarist is tickled pink. No - seriously. Ireland said Yes last weekend. And now, voila, Gaelic football star Valerie Mulcahy will say I do with her girlfriend Meg Blyth on June 20, at Camden Fort Meagher, near Crosshaven in county Cork.

Later, the gorgeous bride and bride will celebrate the joyous occasion further with a bash at the yacht club in Crosshaven.

The nine-time All-Ireland winner and Meg, an accomplished choreographer, met seven years ago in Cork, in the company of a mutual friend.

"We ended up hanging out a lot, and got to know each other and become best friends before we ever decided to go out officially," Valerie, who revealed her sexuality in Donal Og Cusack's recent RTE documentary Coming Out Of The Curve, told me.

"We got engaged by our favourite little beach in Cork and are getting married at the end of June."

The beautiful Cork full-forward - and the first big-name female GAA star to come out publicly in Ireland - added that she was "immensely proud to be Irish and to be able to get married in my home country. I'm so excited to be able to put our attention on the wedding now and make it one big party that we will never forget.

"A lot of our time recently was devoted to helping with the Yes campaign and it has been incredibly rewarding," continued Valerie - who is on the cover of RSVP magazine next week with her beloved Meg.

"The future is so promising and people get the opportunity to marry whoever they love." And not before time too.

Someone stop me before I turn into Panti Bliss.

From Gorse Hill to Bodega for Blaise

She mightn’t have known that her parents were billionaires — an easy mistake to make —but Blaise O’Donnell certainly knows where the fun is.

Notwithstanding being with the in-crowd in Sophie’s in the Dean hotel last month, the babe with a one-time address at

Gorse Hill in Killiney was in a blaze of romance with her boyfriend a few weeks ago in a Spanish restaurant in Dublin. They and a glam group of pals were in La Bodega in Ranelagh.

My Deep Throat that night told me that blonde Blaise was looking particularly stunning  in a pale pink leather  jacket.

Speaking of matters pink,  Rosanna Davisonwas celebrating the Yes vote last weekend in

House on Leeson Street with her husband Wes, her brother Andy and his girlfriend Grace. (Pippa O’Connor was in House with three friends the night before.)

Possibly as much to top up his sun-tan and take some time off from a hectic work schedule as celebrate the referendum victory, the incomparable Darren Kennedy is off to the Amalfi Coast in Italy with his boyfriend at the end of next month.

In the meantime, delightful Dazza is, he told me, “gearing up for ‘London Collections Men’ in early June. I’m hosting a big fashion event. My new collection with Louis Copeland [in Ireland] hits stores this week.  I’ve already been inundated with requests from gay couples planning their nuptials.” 

Stylish Amanda goes up in world

Amanda Byram is going up in the world. Or at least the star (along with,  among others, Holly White, Jane Given and Lorraine Keane)  will do so this Wednesday, for the launch of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby in the rooftop bar of Dublin’s Marker hotel.

Amanda, who is the style ambassador (I don’t know what it means either) at the big bling day at the Curragh on June 27, is coming from London for the characteristically chic beano, but possibly not  with her new fella Julian. Mary Crosby (daughter of Bing who crooned at the Derby in 1965) is flying in from in America. Celia Holman Lee is coming up from Limerick for the event.

Titter ye not, it is an achievement to get Celia and husband Ger up on the train, with all her work and TV commitments.

Jacqueline O’Brien,  the matriarch of Ireland’s racing dynasty and the dignified wife of the late great Vincent O’Brien, is also expected at this swish soiree where — mark my words — the equine, style and celebrity worlds will happily collide over champagne and canapes (and me) in the stratosphere.

Talk about the height of good taste.

Georgia on Ali’s mind as daughter makes her arrival

Raise your glasses. Ireland’s most arresting publican Charlie Chawke became a grandfather again last week.

Ali Chawke and her husband Peter Morrissey welcomed their second child — a sister, Georgia, for Freddie.

Ali’s VBF Laura Nolan has her own baby news. She is expecting sprog number 2.

So maybe raise those glasses again. Any excuse to keep the recovery chugging, or even glugging, along, don’t you know?

Laura and husband Ronan Horgan, who already have a young child, Elizabeth, are due the happy event in November. 

They are currently chilling out in Spain — “north of Barcelona,”  to be precise, in case you’re wondering, and I’m guessing you are.

Next week, they travel further south to Marbella for Laura’s other VBF Stacey Emdadian’s wedding to her tech guru beau, Barry McDaid. 

Sun-kissed fashionista  Laura — one-time creative director of Fran & Jane for over a decade —  is taking some much-deserved hols after recently setting up a personal and image consultancy business, LNH Image International.

The ambitious blonde tells me from sunny Espana that the bookings are already flying in.  A

bit like the guests for Stacey’s wedding in Marbs, where doubtless there will be mucho raising of glasses. 

Am I sensing a theme to the column this week, or even better, to the mood of the nation now the fine summer weather seems to be upon us?

Yeats was a hammer man, jokes Eddie

Oh, joy of joys. Nadia Forde was expected in Nobu in London last night for dinner with her new man, rugby star Dominic Day, after Bath’s big game against Saracens.

Closer to home, joy was unconfined in Fade Street Social in Dublin last Monday.

 Constance Cassidy and Eddie Walsh — owners of Lissadell House in county Sligo, and fresh from their triumphant hosting of Charles and Camilla — launched their summer programme, which includes: the Great Yeats birthday bash  on June 13,  celebrating Ireland’s (and my) favourite poet’s birth 150 years ago.

In his lots-of-lols speech, Eddie noted how “Yeats was some hammer man” — apropos of the great man’s many muses.

Also present on the night, (as well as Kate and John, two of Constance and Eddie’s seven gorgeous kids) was RTE stalwart and my neighbour in Portobello, Bryan Dobson.

He  recited Yeats’ Lake Isle of Innisfree (I will arise and go now) —something he will also be doing at the birthday bash, which caused  Marian Richardson of RTE’s Playback to panic: ”I’m off home to learn some poems,” she was heard to exclaim.

Apparently, Maid Marian is booked for the poetry event too but she says: “I thought I was going to be reading poems, not reciting them, but after Dobbs’s performance it seems that’s what I’ll have to do.”

The nation’s favourite retired newsreader, Anne Doyle, will also be doing the poetic honours at the birthday bash.

The philistines among you need not fear: it isn’t all poetry reading. There are lots of other fabulous events, and delicious food, cooked by that colourful barrister Tim Bracken.

Tasty Tim also cooked recently in Sligo for the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall — aka Chaz and Cam.

 Your diarist will arise and go now.

Doctor O’Neill will see you now

Don’t take my word for it. Take Oprah Winfrey’s. . .

Kerryman Don O’Neill is her favourite Irish fashion designer. She wore one of his creations to the Oscars in 2012.

He is flying in from his base in New York this Friday to Ireland to accept an Honorary Doctorate from University College of Cork.

It will  recognise the enormous contribution he has made internationally as a designer,

Don told me a tad modestly (I  say modestly because, as well as Oprah, he has also designed for Taylor Swift and Khloe Kardashian) that the invitation to come to Cork to accept the Honorary Doctorate  “was the most exciting invitation I have ever received.

“I was shaking with excitement,” Don added.

 “I immediately rang  [his boyfriend] Pascal, who was elated and then I hung up and called Ireland to tell Dad and Patrick and Deirdre [Don’s brother and sister], followed by my Aunty Breda in San Francisco —  that we would have a Doctor of the Arts in the family!”

Dr Don O’Neill. It has a certain ring to it . . . don’t you think?

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