Thursday 23 November 2017

The Edge: Michelle Rocca in the Aras has a certain to ring to it

Michelle Rocca would make a great poetry-loving President.
Michelle Rocca would make a great poetry-loving President.
Sharon Smurfit and Emmet Savage after their civil ceremony at the K Club last week.
Rachel Stevens will be this year's style ambassador.
Richard Corrigan and his wife Maria saw the Boss.
Jenny Chawke and Rory Burgess got married.
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

If Miriam hadn't already got it ear-marked for herself, I would have liked to put forward another woman who would fit seamlessly into Aras an Uachtarain as the next President of Ireland. Be patient, and I'll give you her name. But first a description. . .

She's beautiful. She's cultured. She has Italian blood. She's enlightened. She loves poetry, much like the present, esteemed resident of the Aras.

Indeed, like the present, esteemed resident of the Aras, she has read poetry onstage at the 3Arena once upon a time. And appeared on the cover of an album, No Prima Donna, in 1994.

Those three little words sum up precisely Michelle Rocca - my nomination for President of Ireland if in the unlikely event Miriam changes her mind. Of course, Michelle would have to move to a smaller home, with a smaller garden, if the move to Aras an Uachtarain in Dublin's Phoenix Park ever materialised.

The culturally astute Michelle Rocca has only recently returned from a trip to Morocco. Morocco? You see, I told you she was culturally astute. Michelle was there with two of her equally astute and beautiful daughters, Claudia and Danielle. They enjoyed a holiday at the swish Amanjena Resort in Marrakesh in early May, staying in a Moroccan-style villa in the sublime palm tree-shaded gardens.

And according to my Rocca Deep Throats, Claudia and Danielle plan on flying out later this summer to Los Angeles to visit their other sister Natasha, who lives in LA. The girls were also expected at the Forbidden Fruit Festival at the weekend. Festival? You see - I told you these Rocca ladies were culturally astute, didn't I?

Sharon Smurfit to tie knot with Emmet  in sunny Majorca

Sharon Smurfit and Emmet Savage after their civil ceremony at the K Club last week.

Sharon Smurfit and Emmet Savage after their civil ceremony at the K Club last week

It's not just all discerning Irish private jets that will be whizzing their way to Majorca in a few weeks for a big Irish wedding beano.

No - I imagine that a certain €50m luxury yacht will be making its way from its berth at Marbella too for this very important occasion on this, the chicest of the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean.

The super-yacht I am referring to is the Lady Ann Magee, owned by the illustrious Irish magnate Dr Michael Smurfit.

Which, my spies in that part of the world tell me, is mooted to be making the journey.

And why not? Well, because this is a particularly special soiree, as it is Sharon Smurfit's wedding party to her long-term beau Emmet Savage.

So expect everyone from the beaming mother of the bride Norma Smurfit, as well as various other Smurfits from far and wide, to say nothing of the likes of Sharon's pals like Deirdre Kelly.

The prepossessing Director of Golf at the K Club in Kildare, Shazza - who was married before to Jack O'Brien - got engaged to Emmet in December, 2012.

She told her parents, Michael and Norma, over dinner in Dublin her good news. "They were both thrilled," Sharon told me in 2012, adding that dashing Emmet - whom she had been dating for five years prior to the engagement - proposed to her on Sandymount beach.

"The ring is a beautiful antique ring, Emmet and I are delighted."

"I am thrilled for Emmet and Sharon," their friend Deirdre Kelly also told me in December 2012.

"A day out to look forward to."

So it appears, as Majorca readies itself for the summer wedding of the year.

Rachel for Dubai Duty-Free Derby

Rachel Stevens will be this year's style ambassador.

Rachel Stevens will be this year’s style ambassador

While this fine weather feels like summer may actually be here, the start of the 2016 Summer Season for your diarist is always The Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby launch party.

So, on Wednesday evening, it's to the rooftop of The Marker Hotel in Grand Canal Square I'll be heading. This party truly Trumps all - and no that is not a ruse to mention that Donald Trump is coming in for the hooley on his private 747. Actually, he could yet turn up at The Dubai Duty-Free Irish Derby on June 25th at The Curragh.

Still, Rachel Stevens is definitely flying in for The Dubai Duty Free Derby (she is also definitely flying in for the party at The Marker). I can exclusively reveal that the pop star turned mentor on RTE's The Voice Of Ireland will also be this year's Style Ambassador at the Derby - judging the 'Most Stylish Lady' prize on Derby Day. The prize includes a stay at the Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai, a €1,000 shopping spree at Dubai Duty Free, and a beautiful Boodles pendant.

The VIP Marquee at the Derby will be hosted by Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free, and his wife Breeda. Previous guests in cool Colm's chic tent have included Millie Mackintosh, Amanda Byram and her husband Julian, Rory McIllroy, and Jerry Hall.

Kodaline help mark friends' engagement at get-together in House

Richard Corrigan and his wife Maria saw the Boss.

Richard Corrigan and his wife Maria saw the Boss

They were certainly glory days in Dublin  last weekend...

Bruce Springsteen and The Boss - aka Enda Kenny - at Croke Park, notwithstanding last Friday, two of Kodaline celebrated a friend's engagement in style (is there any other way to celebrate an engagement?) in House on the same night.

Vinny May, who drives the beat as the drummer in Kodaline, and the band's esteemed guitarist Mark Prendergast were in the Leeson Street hot-spot to celebrate their friends, Sean and Megan's good news.

On the Sunday night in Herb Street in Hanover Quay, acclaimed chef Richard Corrigan and his wife Maria celebrated her birthday with a dinner before going on to the Bruce concert.

"It was a brilliant evening with my darling wife on her birthday," he told me.

What did you get Maria for her birthday?

"Time together," he answered.

On the Saturday night in Chapter One on Parnell Square, Bill Cullen and Jackie Lavin were in enjoying a romantic dinner for two and had the tasting menu.

Bill and Jackie seemed to be celebrating something said my sauce . . . sorry source . . . in the Michelin- starred restaurant.

Chawke's daughter Jenny gets married to Rory in Marbs

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Jenny Chawke and Rory Burgess got married.

Jenny Chawke and Rory Burgess got married

Am I sensing a theme in this week's column? Weddings are back. Nuptials are the new rock 'n' roll. White (wedding dresses) is the new black.

Charlie Chawke's daughter Jenny got married this weekend in - where else - Marbs to her boyfriend Rory Burgess. There were some 300 guests (only 300?) at this magnificent Marbella wedding.

I would normally utter those precious four words - the boom is back - on the basis that an Irish couple had a black-tie wedding for 300 guests in Marbs this weekend.

But this is Charlie Chawke - the colourful Irish publican who is to moderation what Roy Keane is to sheepishness, or Bono to humility. Don't get me wrong: Charlie, who has spent a life-time behind bars - there are one or two shady types in Marbs who could say the same themselves - is one of Ireland's great characters.

Charlie's other daughter Ali's wedding in Doonbeg Golf Club in September, 2012, to Peter Morrissey had 300 guests in attendance, and plus not one but two honeymoons in Dubai and St Lucia, staying at the five-star Jade Mountain.

This weekend in Marbs, the beautiful bride Jenny and her husband Rory, who got engaged in late February, 2015, after three years together, never looked happier.

They have yet to ring to inform petite moi whether they will be having multiple honeymoons.

I am waiting by the phone.

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