Sunday 25 February 2018

The Edge: Birthday girl Yvonne eyes a lavish La La Land party

Blonde bombshell and fresh-faced Yvonne Connolly celebrates her 43rd birthday on Wednesday. Photo: Kip Carroll
Blonde bombshell and fresh-faced Yvonne Connolly celebrates her 43rd birthday on Wednesday. Photo: Kip Carroll
Rory O'Neill. Photo: Tony Gavin
Morah Ryan enjoyed an enjoyable break at Dromoland Castle
Lucy Nagle
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Age, I always say, is a case of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter. It doesn't matter either that Yvonne Connolly is turning 43 on Wednesday, or that she doesn't remotely look her age. What matters is that the blonde will be having a soiree with her gal pals in the Seabank Bistro on the coast road in Malahide next Wednesday.

They are having cocktails beforehand in the village where Yvonne calls home.

Yvonne's other half John Conroy won't be able to make the girl-friendly beano as he will be away shooting his latest opus.

In any event, he and Yvonne won't have to wait long to be back in each other's arms.

Someone shoot me before I turn into Barbara Cartland! She is jetting over to see him first in London, next month, and then, hopefully, Jamaica, where he is filming a movie with Idris Elba.

Much-feted cameraman Conroy has also been nominated for an American Cinematographer Award for his shooting of Penny Dreadful.

Clearly, the pennies are not a problem, because a trip to Los Angeles would well be on the cards if the dates work out for Yvonne.

Panti's sex life is healthy, his love life anaemic

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Rory O'Neill. Photo: Tony Gavin

For most of us, life is sometimes a drag. This is, however, never the case for Ireland's most fabulous drag queen, Panti, and indeed, his alter-ego Rory O'Neill.

Currently on a sold-out whirlwind tour of Australia until March 8 when he returns to these shores, Rory is going on his holidays to Byron Bay for a quick break from his shows. "Hey all," he posted on his Facebook page, "especially Aussies. Any of you got a gorgeous villa on the beach you want to lend me?" It was far from villas on the beach in Australia that Rory from Ballinrobe, Co Mayo, was reared, but I digress. Indeed your diarist digressed long enough to ask Rory, Down Under, what was the current state of play of his love life. "My sex life is healthy," he said. "My love life is anaemic."

Morah, proud Queen of the Castle

Morah Ryan enjoyed an enjoyable break at Dromoland Castle

Bumped into Morah Ryan the other day in Clontarf. Like fellow northside beauty Yvonne Connolly, Gerry Ryan's widow defies age.

The glamorous Ms Ryan told me that she had no immediate plans to go anywhere and as such was happy to stay put "for now" at home in Clontarf.

This was because, she explained, that she and her brood had spent a highly enjoyable break recently at Dromoland Castle in County Clare.

"It was heaven. We have been every New Year since Lottie was a baby. It is a second home for us." The Gate Theatre, of course, has been a second home for the last 30-something years for the almost as svelte-as-Morah, Mr Michael Colgan. Last Wednesday night he greeted the great and the good (and me) at the top of the Gate stairs for the second last time. The occasion? The opening night of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. An emotional Mr Colgan told me that Brel was among those favourites he needed to get in before his departure on April Fools' Day - "if you're writing this put the apostrophe after the S," Colgan said somewhat quizzically. In truth, I am used at this stage to Colgan's somewhat quizzical, if entertaining, remarks.

And now to his last offering which will be a salute to his heroes Beckett, Friel and Pinter. Expect the Gate's grand guru to be joined by long-time friends Fiennes, Gambon etc. His parting words to me were nothing if not truly sad: "Johnny Hurt said he'd come for it, what a pity..."

Alas, John Hurt is not alive and well and living in Norfolk any more.

Pat's Rasam bash is talk of the town

It was all happening last weekend in Dublin. And, it appears, all on Saturday night, too...

Claire Byrne was spotted having dinner with her husband Gerry Scollan on Saturday night in Pearl Brasserie on Merrion Street Upper.

The RTE presenter was wearing a poncho-style black dress (to disguise her baby bump?), while her other-half wore a suit.

(I bumped into Claire the following morning in children's cool play space Funky Monkeys in Dundrum town centre.)

Meanwhile, Pat Kenny celebrated his birthday a day early last Saturday in Rasam in Glasthule with his wife Kathy and family.

My spies in Glasthule tell me that they all had the famous restaurant's silver platter house special, washed down genteelly by Champagne and then some fine Portuguese wine.

A cake was ceremoniously cut, and everyone in the restaurant joined in to wish the Newstalk superstar a very happy birthday.

Ex-Minister David Andrews and his wife were in Rasam that night too, dining with another couple.

Rosanna Davison and husband Wes were in Rasam the Friday before.

Rosanna was also in there the week before that with her parents, Diane and Chris de Burgh, and her brother Hubie and his girlfriend.

Where, I ask you, does Rosanna put all this food?

Ireland's biggest fashion show

Lucy Nagle

Fashion goes in one year and out the other, don't you know? That maxim won't stop, however, the RDS Main Hall from being packed to the glamorous gills with fashionistas on March 2 for the ARC  Fashion Show.

It's for a great cause too - all funds raised go to ARC Cancer Support Centres. Goddess of the gansey Lucy Nagle, pictured above, will be showcasing her latest cashmere collection on the catwalk. Those expected include broadcaster Marian Finucane, Shelly Corkery, fashion director at Brown Thomas, and designer Helen Cody. Twenty-six designers will help make it the biggest show of its kind in the country. Tickets cost €50 and can be purchased by calling 01 830 7333.

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