Sunday 22 April 2018

The Edge: Brooke and Lucy ring in New Year in Sandy Lane

Lucy Nagle
Lucy Nagle
Wit: Enda Kenny upbeat about the election.
In the sun: Marian Keyes avoided the Irish floods.
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

At swim in the Caribbean - two birds. On reflection, make that more than two birds (and please accept my apology in advance for my sub-Neanderthal sexism), because Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given's gorgeous ex-wife Jane was also in this part of the world over the Crimbo (as was half the Irish jet set on their annual pilgrimage to the hot sands of Sandy Lane. I won't mention names, but you know who you are.)

The pulchritudinous pair of Brooke McVeigh and Lucy Nagle celebrated together on New Year's Eve in the aforesaid Caribb bling bolt-hole Sandy Lane in Barbados with their husbands, brothers Ken Rohan Jnr and Jamie Rohan. Obviously, F Scott Fitzgerald was right when he said the rich are different than us.

Different, yes, because they ring in the New Year in not just a five-star hotel but one of the swishest hotels in the known universe. Brooke and Lucy are, of course, not averse to a bit of oul' glamour.

Brooke married Ken Jnr in the Co Wicklow mansion of uber-wealthy property tycoon Ken Rohan Snr, in July, 2011. And Lucy married Ken's older brother Jamie in August 2013 in a marquee on the grounds of the Nagle family stud farm in Meath.

If it is any consolation to you, dear reader, while Lucy and Brooke and the gang perhaps rang in the New Year with a walk along Sandy Lane beach, your humble hack here went for a stroll on Sandymount strand after a feed in Marco Pierre White's trendy establishment in nearby Donnybrook.

Marco himself was put on the phone to me just after midnight, but at that stage we could both have been swimming blindfold underwater in the Caribbean for all the sense we made to each other.

Enda has a rare oul' time in Dublin 4

Noel Coward said "never trust a man with short legs; his brain is too near his bottom."  He was possibly referring to Napoleon - or, possibly not, Bono.

Coward also warned, "Wit ought to be a glorious treat, like caviare. Never spread it about like marmalade."

Enda Kenny was spreading wit and wisdom about like the aforesaid fruit preserve at his Christmas party in Bellucci's in Ballsbridge over the Yuletide.

Well, he is the Taoiseach, isn't he? And this beano, that included 14 people at his VIP table, could be his last hurrah before the election.

The Fine Gael leader had rib-eye steak - medium rare. Doubtless he had a rare oul' time in D4 that night. In any event, he brought the chef out to the table to congratulate him. An T washed his grub down with some Montepulciano. As is his wont, Enda shook hands and had his picture taken with fellow-diners in Robbie Fox's restaurant which was characteristically jammers.

One of My Deep Throats on the Christmas party night said that Enda provided plenty of festive tidings of comfort and joy for all and sundry: "He was very upbeat about the country and the election. He said it was great to see the restaurant so busy. He said the outlook for the country was good and that people should be optimistic for 2016."

Another of my sauces (Geddit? Source? Sauce? Italian restaurant? Oh forget it!) told me, "Enda was the perfect gentleman. I reminded him of a night I had with him back in the early 1980s in Suesey Street [the famous nightclub on Dublin's Leeson Street] at 4am. Not sure he remembered. . ."

An Taoiseach possibly had other, more important things on his mind. Like the floods - of rain not wine, sillies. . .

Rebellion down on Dawson Street

Do they not have homes to go to with their own TVs? Only joking.  Last Sunday night ,the celebrated cast of Rebellion watched a special of RTE's new 1916 drama in 37 on Dawson Street. A bit of a tongue-twister, isn't it? 1916 in 37?

Everyone from Charlie Murphy to Ruth Bradley and Sarah Greene enjoyed the screening in the hipster bar turned into a private, VIP cinema for the evening.

There was a virtual galaxy of other stars joining them for the soiree on Dawson Street. Chief among them was Star Wars star - and one of the best things about the billion dollar block-buster - Domhnall Gleeson (whose brother Brian is in Rebellion), as was Love/Hate's Laurence Kinlan and Poldark star Aidan Turner.

No prizes (The Turner Prize, anyone?) for guessing who Aidan thought was the best thing about Rebellion. He was engaged to the aforesaid Sarah Greene.

Another Irish beauty who was out and about recently was Blaise O'Donnell. On her first Christmas out of Gorse Hill, she swapped the panoramic views of her former home overlooking Killiney Bay for the vista from the rooftop hotspot Sophie's in The Dean on Harcourt Street. Blaise was in there on St Stephen's Day with her sister Alex and a few pals. On Christmas Eve, Blaise and the gang were in The Lep Inn in Stillorgan.

Speaking of rebellion, where was Land League rebel - and sometime Blaise sidekick - Jerry Beades during all this?

Life's a beach for Marian Keyes

Making It Up As I Go Along? Sounds like the Government on the floods crisis, doesn't it?

It's actually the title of Marian Keyes' new book. Mercifully. the best-selling writer is as far away from this country's foul weather as you could get. She's in Australia with her husband, Tony Baines.

To completely rub our noses in it, here in a nigh-Biblically flooded Ireland, Marian and Tony went to a wedding on the beach last Thursday in Perth. Yes, the author of Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married went to the wedding of an Irish friend, Clara Douglas, with her parents writer Kate Beaufoy and actor Malcolm Douglas, and her famous godfather Ciaran Hinds, proudly looking on.

After the bash, Marian and Tony spent two more days relaxing in Perth before jetting 5000 kilometres to Auckland. No - they are not going to another wedding on the beach. The aforementioned Making it Up As I Go Along is being published in New Zealand this month prior to its publication here.

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