Thursday 26 April 2018

The Edge: Michelle finds love with new Irish beau

In love: Michelle Mone says she is besotted with her new man. Photo: Tony Gavin.
In love: Michelle Mone says she is besotted with her new man. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Charity: Norma Smurfit was feeling charitable
Carrie Pearce
Bernie Cafolla
Eileen Murphy: she went for the leopard-print look
New York: Roz Lipsett was joined by her sister Avila
Big day in Portugal: Lisa Harrison and her husband Liam Botham celebrated in style.
Home: Jasmine Guinness is home from London
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

It's all good news for Michelle Mone these days, isn't it? (Well, she was never one to Mone, anyway, even when her marriage turned bad. But I digress.) She was made a Baroness on September 30.

The multi-millionaire business woman has, I can reveal, some far more exciting news than that . . .

She has found love with an Irish man. And why not, as I always say? The gorgeous Glaswegian told a group of high-powered women at a dinner in Suesey Street on Fitzwilliam Place last weekend that she was besotted with Steph, whom she met at the bash JP McManus threw for AP McCoy at Adare Manor in county Limerick on August 8th. (In fact, Michelle met AP McCoy's wife Chanelle at a do in London last week.)

The First Lady of Lingerie, who was in Dublin for the Laya Healthcare top business women lunch in Dublin on the topic of leadership last Thursday, regaled the girls in Suesey Street with how her dashing new man lives between London and the Caribbean and how she is completely besotted with him and how he could be The One.

Indeed the following day at another lunch, the stunning-looking Baroness Mone of Mayfair, told some friends in Dublin that love was definitely in the air.

So much so that Michelle, who was staying in the Marker hotel and had drinks in the Shelbourne hotel's bar on Friday night, flew back on her favourite airline CityJet to London on Saturday to spend the weekend there with her new Irish flame.

So it's official: the heat is on.

And that heat is Irish.

Norma turns on the style for charity

You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the birthday cake. Vogue Williams has no such problems just yet. Marital problems, yes - but too-many-candles-on-birthday-cakes problems is a definite no for the beautiful, if estranged, wife of Brian McFadden. Vogue celebrated her 30th birthday last Friday with a big hooley in Xico.

The Lower Baggot Street's hotspot - Laura Whitmore has been twice and Nadia Forde has been at least five or six times in the last two months - played host to Vogue and 50 of her nearest and dearest.

The World Mental Health Ball for the Walk In My Shoes Charity at the Mansion House on Dawson Street last Saturday night was possibly not as cool as Vogue's birthday beano but what of it?

Norma Smurfit looked . . . well, very Norma Smurfit in a classic black evening suit with a statement necklace. She also put her hand in her classic black evening suit jacket to purchase something at the charity auction. Other notables at the ball included Niall O'Farrell (turned out in his own clothing brand, Henry Jermyn), British Ambassador to Ireland Dominick Chilcott and wife Jane, TV3's Martin King and wife Jenny, plus 250 other, well turned-out folks.

Jackie Lavin was looking equally turned-out when I bumped into her at The Marker Hotel last Tuesday - she was looking almost as chic as Made In Chelsea's Millie Mackintosh who I spotted on Thursday in the lobby of the same hotel, checking in with husband Prof Green.

Wives checking into hotels with their husbands? Whatever will they think of next?

At least Gayle and Sean will always have Paris

It had slight echoes of Bogart and Bergman at the airport in Casablanca when Bogey turns and says: "We'll always have Paris." Or even, for some reason, author Gertrude Stein when she said, "America is my country and Paris is my hometown." 

Gayle Killilea and Sean Dunne, who now live in Connecticut in America, were in Paris last weekend. The embattled Irish tycoon and his beautiful other-half were on a break in the City of Light.

And pourquoi pas, as they say in the finer salons of Paree? You'd have to ask The Dunner yourself.

My other favourite Irish tycoon, Tadgh Geary, was in New York last weekend.

I met Tadgh, Alison Doody's former fiance, at the recent Galway races and he is one charismatic character. So I'm sure he knew how to have a good time in the Big Apple.

Legendary bassist with The Pogues, Cait O'Riordan, who lives in Rathmines, was also in America last week.

In fact, all last month.

The stunning ex-wife of Elvis Costello completed Route 66 in a red Mustang straight out of a Quentin Tarantino movie, arriving in Santa Monica at 5pm local time on Monday - having, as she put it, "survived the LA freeways and escorted onto Santa Monica Pier by the friendly local motorcycle patrol."

You go, girl!

Pierre Doyle and Louis in Marbs

Forget Paris or New York or, if you can,  Marbs. Foxrock was the centre of the universe last weekend. Marcus Sweeney and lovely partner Carrie Pearce attended a dinner party with friends there on Saturday night hosted by the tres chic Melissa Mills Bari (she and her husband own iClothing). Marcus, who famously dated the late Katy French, was looking sun-kissed as ever.

Further south in Marbella, the incomparable Pierre Doyle was looking sun-kissed himself, watching the Ireland v Romania game in Patrick's 19th bar in Puerto Banus with Bernie Cafolla and her fiance Garret Wynne (they fly back today to Dublin after two weeks in Marbs; let's hope Bernie put some Factor 50 on his head because he's as bald as a snooker ball.) Later that night, after making plans with Pierre to meet up again, Bernie and Gar retired to Villa Tiberio for dinner. It was here in the restaurant on Malaga's Golden Mile where they met another sun-kissed Irish demi-god - Louis Murray.

See - I told you you can't forget Marbs.

Eileen's new step in Stepaside as Roz takes Manhattan

Roz Lipsett was in Soho House in Manhattan on Thursday night. This is hardly a shock as Roz Lipsett is quite possibly in Soho House in Manhattan regularly, not least because the Irish supermodel lives in New York. Last Thursday, however, she had an especially good reason to  be in the fancy-shmancy  members-only club on Ninth Avenue: her sister Avila flew in from Dublin for a long weekend. After Soho House, Roz and Avila paid a visit to their friend James Morrissey  Jnr's trendy Late Late bar  on Manhattan's East Houston Street.

Presumably the two Rathgar beauties had dinner in Soho? A moment on the Lipsetts, a lifetime on the hips perhaps? Avila, who is a columnist for PJ Gibbon's shiny organ Social & Personal magazine, makes her Manhattan transfer back to Dublin on Aer Lingus today.

On the subject of fine specimens of Irish pulchritude making transfers, Eileen Murphy has moved from her former home beside UCD in Clonskeagh to a new pad in Stepaside.

Last weekend Mike Murphy's ex-wife was spotted having dinner in The Step Inn with that other blonde of a certain age - the decidedly racy Rosemary Smith. Stop me before I turn into Grace Coddington, but Eileen was rocking the leopard print look while Rosemary was sporting a white suit complete with matching shoes.

The fashion was also expected to be off-the-dial at The Wexford Style event hosted by Xposé's Lisa Cannon in the new County Hall in Wexford town last night. Jenny Doyle, who co-owns Si-Jolie Boutique in Wexford Town, was due to fly in from Colorado to attend the fashion show. (Her husband, Irish international Kevin, plays for Colorado Rapids.)

Irish designer Deborah Veale, who premiered her Autumn/Winter collection at the event, was expected also, along with Jewellery Designer of the Year and Gorey gal, Blaithin Ennis.

Lisa becomes an auntie and celebrates in Quinta Do Lago

Your diarist  celebrated his 48th birthday last Friday week with a drink in the Whiskey Bar in 37 on Dawson Street at the farewell do for esteemed colleague Ian Mallon  - he is going to work with my VBF John Delaney at the FAI. 

On the same day, Lisa Harrison, the radiant wife of Sir Ian Botham's son Liam, was in Portugal to mark her big day. "He brought me to Parrilla Natural Restaurant in Quinta Do Lago," lovely Lisa told me. "We had one of our first dates out here three days after we met in London three years ago." They married on the Caribbean island of Mustique in 2013 and had a child, Benji Botham, last July.

As if that wasn't enough good news for Lisa, who once dated, on and off, Irish racing guru Mark Kershaw, her sister Hayley has just had a baby too. "She had Maddie last week. So I'm now an auntie!" Lisa told me. The only bad news for Lisa is that IN! - which Lisa ran with Hayley - ceased publication after seven years recently. "I hope to be back in business with new ventures soon. No pressure as to when as I've nothing to prove and I'm cherishing my time off."

Proof that Guinness travels

Guinness is good for you. Or at least some of the Guinness family historical heirlooms will be good for your home, aesthetically.

The aforesaid historical heirlooms from the Guinness family of Furness in Kildare - owned by Patrick and Louise - will be up for auction (handled by Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers) in Killashee Hotel in Co Kildare at 10.30am sharp this Tuesday. Patrick tells me his supermodel daughter Jasmine (who is currently advising Jaegar with her new cardigan collection, Fenwicks of Bond Street) is home from London over the weekend and is expected at the particularly posh proceedings. . . as are a number of grandee Guinness cousins who will also be travelling over from the UK.

Proof indeed that Guinness travels.

My new best friend Patrick is hoping that neighbours in Kildare, Kevin Myers and Marian Finucane, will also make the admittedly shorter trip to the Killashee Hotel to see the hammer come down on history.

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