Sunday 25 February 2018

The Edge: Jim Corr enjoys fine fare over two nights with a 'stunning' blonde friend

Jim Corr enjoyed an intimate dinner a deux with a mystery blonde in Galway recently.
Jim Corr enjoyed an intimate dinner a deux with a mystery blonde in Galway recently.
Jessica and Ronan O'Gara
Laura (left) and Michelle will be joining the rest of the extended Rocca clan for the celebrations.
Cazza and Bazza are off in the sun in Scotland.
Amy Huberman was spotted dining with a well-known sporting god.

Oh, brother where art thou? Caroline, Andrea and Sharon Corr's esteemed bro' Jim was in the West the weekend before last with a beautiful blonde.

Does Jim know any other kind?

The musician clearly enjoys the fare in Galway. This I say because last Saturday night week he was in for dinner with a mystery lady friend in Kirwan's Lane in Galway City - and the following night, Jim and the lady friend dined in O'Grady's On The Pier restaurant in Barna (an establishment much favoured by Bono on occasion when he and Ali are in Galway.)

The Saturday night before last Jim and his pal came in at 8pm and left a little after 11pm, having enjoyed an intimate dinner a deux. "She was a stunning-looking woman," said my source in the West.

Both establishments are owned by Mike O'Grady. Mike was in especially joyous form last week because on Monday O'Grady's won best seafood restaurant at the Restaurant Association Awards in the DoubleTree by Hilton. "The restaurant Oscars," Mike explained to me, helpfully.

The last time your diarist was in Kirwan's restaurant was during the Galway Races last summer when everyone from Tadgh Geary to JP McManus's son Ciaran and his wife Ann Marie to Albert Reynold's son Philip were all in for dinner and chic chit-chat.

Ronan and Jessica's Cork hols

Jessica and Ronan O'Gara

Jessica and Ronan don't need the Seine - they've got the Lee

It's all happening in Cork. But then, isn't it always? Ronan O'Gara and wife Jessica will be coming over from their home in Paris with the kids to spend their summer holidays in their real home - Cork.

Their mighty brood of JJ, Molly, Zak, Max, and Rua will doubtless find something to enjoy in the Real Capital of Ireland that they can't find in France's almost as celebrated City of Light.

How do I know Jessica, Ronan et al are coming to Cork for the summer?

Well - Jessica's daddy Dominic Daly, Cork's foremost auctioneer and raconteur, told me. Dappy Dom recently celebrated his birthday with a party at The Club Brasserie in the City Quarter, Lapp's Quay, in Cork. This suitably swish soiree, a dinner for Dom's nearest and dearest, was attended by his son Philip, plus his daughters, the aforesaid Jessica, plus elder sisters Adrienne, Katie and Lucy.

They all brought their partners, apart from Jessica, whose rugby legend other half Ronan was coaching his team Racing Métro 92 in Paris and couldn't attend.

What Ronan missed was a fine dinner with Jessica et al singing Dom happy birthday as he blew out the candles on his cake.

Next month, Dom is overseeing a public auction at Readers Bar on Washington Street in Cork in aid of local charities.

The Rocca family communes for Lidia and Bernard

Laura (left) and Michelle will be joining the rest of the extended Rocca clan for the celebrations.

Laura (left) and Michelle will be joining the rest of the extended Rocca clan for the celebrations

Expect a glamorous gang from one of Ireland's most famous families to chicly commune next weekend.

I speak, of course, of the esteemed Roccas of Castleknock.

They will be turning up, doubtless in their droves, next Sunday at the Anglers Rest in Strawberry Beds for the Holy Communion dinner for young Bernard and Lidia Rocca.

Their proud parents, Theresa and Bernard, will be joined at this celebration by the likes of Michelle Rocca and her sisters, Laura, Paula and Lisa.

The guests of honour will, naturally, be the two sets of grandparents - Maureen and Paddy Rocca, and James and Elizabeth Sweeney.

"It's a family occasion," Theresa told me. "We're going for a bite to eat."

Theresa added that Lidia and Bernard junior's 16-year-old sister Sophia is going to see her hero Alex Turner and his band, The Last Shadow Puppets, next week at the Olympia in Dublin.

For the record, I have to say that Bernard's big brother, the late great Patrick Rocca, was something of a hero of mine. Patrick, who was Best Man at my wedding, once upon a time, is hugely missed in Ireland and much further afield.

Speaking of much further afield than Castleknock, next month, Bernard and Theresa and all their gang - and possibly Maureen and Paddy Rocca too - will decamp to Marbella for a few weeks' holidays in the sunshine of southern Spain.

You never know - the Roccas might even have a night or two on the tiles in Marbs.

Mary finds something Finan into the West

I have James Morrissey's book Inishbofin Connemara on my desk. I pick it up and look at its colour and sepia photographs whenever I feel trapped in the big city  and want to escape to somewhere surreally beautiful.

Escaping into the wonders of the wild west is a dream many of us have possibly had at one time or another during our lives. And now the surreally beautiful Mary Finan, right, can do just that on occasion as she has recently bought a home in Connemara. "You didn't hear that from me," said the lovely luvvie who imparted this piece of information to your diarist. Mary, who is Chairman of The Gate Theatre, will of course fit right in around such a theatrical setting as Connemara. Gate Theatre impresario Michael Colgan will fit right into Charleston, South Carolina, for the next two months where he will be overseeing a Gate production of Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at the Spoleto Festival. Colgan flew out yesterday, stopping in New York first for a three-day artistic sojourn.

Big Dev and Caroline sun themselves in the Hebrides

Cazza and Bazza are off in the sun in Scotland.

Cazza and Bazza are off in the sun in Scotland

Men bringing their wives away for weekends? Where will it end? Last weekend, Horslips founder Barry Devlin brought his beautiful other half Caroline Erskine to the Hebrides for a romantic getaway. "Sunning myself!"  Bazza texted me from off the northwest coast of Scotland. "It was like Greece but with kilts." (I'm glad to report that their love is not colder than black marble by the sea, to quote Dearg Doom.)

The director-of-the-moment with The Bloody Irish -a musical about 1916 Easter Rising that wowed Broadway - doubtless took every opportunity to break into song with Caroline as they walked around the Hebrides like love's young dream. Music is very much part of their story anyway. They met in 1971 at the first Horslips gig in Dublin on a TV show called Fonn. Declan Sinnott, who was then playing guitar in the band, had a girlfriend who roomed with Caroline at Trinity, and invited Caroline to come to see her boyfriend's band play. Caroline and the dashing Dev, long since married, have a grown-up collection of kids: Kate, and Jack and Paul.

Barry, who is the epitome of busy at the moment, had just wrapped a production of a new show of his (he wouldn't tell me its name) for the BBC, so he needed a break away with Cazza in the sunny Hebrides.

Niall and the mystery Lady in Red at Rory after-party

If I'm on the golf course and lightning starts, I get inside fast. If God wants to play through, let him, I always says. I have exactly the same feeling whenever Sir Alex Ferguson turns up.

The ex-Manchester United god-of-thunder pitched up at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Tuesday night for 'An Evening With Rory McIlroy' to support the golf legend's foundation, The Rory Foundation. Rory and Derry Desmond's hip new bar Zozimus on South Anne's Lane was the only place to be, for the official after-party which Newstalk hosted.

Things really got into swing with Rory holding court with his nearest and dearest, including Niall Horan.

My Deep Throat in Zozimus - I don't know what it stands for either - told me that Mr Horan was overseen swapping phone-numbers with a stunning young lady in a fetching red top.

Another beautiful woman at the party was, of course, Amy Huberman, who attended with her sporting god other-half, Brian O'Driscoll.

They were later spotted enjoying a Taco Tuesday date night in Dillinger's Restaurant in Ranelagh.

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