Monday 26 February 2018

The Edge: Rob jets to Marbs for best friend's wedding

Rob Kearney and Jess Redden will be heading for Marbella for Rob’s pal Andrew’s wedding on Saturday
Rob Kearney and Jess Redden will be heading for Marbella for Rob’s pal Andrew’s wedding on Saturday
Last Sunday Blaise O'Donnell walked around the lake in Glendalough — not on it
Michael Colgan hits a sartorial high
Andy Quirke, of ‘Damo and Ivor’ fame
Yvonne and her children, Jack, 17, Missy, 15, and Ali, 10, on a family holiday in Los Angeles last month
Stop fretting, gents. Grainne is on her way home
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

It's all kicking off in Marbella. But then, isn't it always in that kitsch bastion of bling? Rob Kearney is preparing to fly out to Marbs for a wedding next Saturday. The Irish rugby deity is Best Man at his best friend Andrew Lynch's wedding. Debonair Andrew - MD of top recruitment company, Mason Alexander - is one of Rob's old Clongowes buddies. Andrew's stag party was in London a few weeks ago.

Andrew will marry the very beautiful Aoife Bushell at this most swish of Marbs nuptial ceremonies. Others expected at the wedding of weddings in sunny southern Spain include, naturally, Rob's lovely other half Jess Redden, as well as Brooke McVeigh and her husband Ken Rohan.

I'm sure it is foremost in Jess and Rob's minds when they will be having a similar beano in Marbs, or indeed anywhere, for their own big day - whenever they get engaged. Until then, they will have to dream they dwelt in Marbs halls and wedding balls.

Johnny rides in the Med, Bono swans in Croatia, and Blaise walks in Wicklow

Last Sunday Blaise O'Donnell walked around the lake in Glendalough — not on it

Last Sunday Blaise O'Donnell walked around the lake in Glendalough — not on it

Johnny’s gone riding again. And he’s brought his bicycle too. Only joking. My favourite hirsute tycoon (the hairy biker?) Johnny Ronan is in the Mediterranean. The brash business man from Carrick-on-Suir, who to his credit does a lot for charity,  was either working or cycling or riding. Or all three. 

My Deep Throat on Johnny’s cross-bar...sorry, I mean in Johnny’s camp didn’t elaborate.  Nor can I elaborate that much on Bono but he was on the Croatian coast last week, having dinner at the restaurant Laganini on the island of Sveti Klement. Whoever said no man is an island presumably never saw Bono swan around Sveti Klement, pondering perhaps all things existential. And why not?

Back in Ireland, meanwhile, Blaise O’Donnell — the young Irish beauty, formerly of Gorse Hill mansion in Killiney — was seen taking a romantic stroll with her new boyfriend Stephen O’Hara last weekend in Wicklow.

Given it has been a bit of a wet summer, it won’t be that much of a surprise that the normally terribly fashion-conscious (we won’t mention the orange guna) Blaise was turned out in rain-proof walking gear as they walked around the lake in Glendalough last Sunday. In July, she and Stephen were sighted on a romantic break to the desert in Abu Dhabi. Trips to the desert? Walking around Glendalough on a Sunday?

Things must be getting really serious for Ms O’Donnell.

Shy retiring Colgan wins Best Dressed with Fantastic Mr Fox

Michael Colgan hits a sartorial high

Michael Colgan hits a sartorial high

It's Tuesday. So it must be lunch with Michael Colgan, OBE, in Pichet on Trinity Street. In-between mouthfuls of fine French fare, the moustachioed mastermind all the luvvies love to love  told me that last weekend he and his pal, the restaurateur Robbie Fox,  won Best Dressed Couple at the Polo Tournament at the Phoenix Park.

"In my acceptance speech," the shy, retiring Colgan revealed, "I noted that the last time Robbie came close to winning anything of this merit was in the mid-1970s when he came third in the Bundoran Best Dressed Man, Mid-Price Range." Colgan added that he took Fox as his date because his other VBF, David Blake-Knox was away in Africa.

Closer to home, Colgan is excited at putting The Father by Florian Zeller on at his beloved theatre on September 14. "It's going to be an incredible production. Yet another sold-out run at The Gate." (Is there any other kind?) Someone, shoot me, quick, before I turn into a luvvie, dahlings! That said, I am waiting with relish the headlines next year when the great Colgan finally leaves after 33 years as artistic director.

Gate Unhinged?

Wesley & Andy have quirky night in House

Andy Quirke, of ‘Damo and Ivor’ fame

It was all go on Leeson Street last weekend. No, seriously.  On Friday night in House, singer Paul Byrom was in with a group of friends.

Chief among this gathering of hipsters was Rosanna Davison's other-half, Wesley Quirke - and his brother, and Damo & Ivor superstar, the incomparable Andy Quirke, above.

The group arrived at 10pm to apparently celebrate a friend's birthday and stayed, I'm reliably informed (aren't I always?) until late.

Stayed until late? Well, it's allowed.

On the following night, it was a case of Saturday Night with Miriam in House as Miriam O' Callaghan herself came into the nightclub on Leeson House after her show with some pals and some people from the show.

The statuesque blonde arrived at 12.30am and enjoyed the night in the secluded area of the Gin Room.

The Gin Room? I'm not saying what my granny once told me about gin.

Yvonne and John head off to LA for Emmy awards show

Yvonne and her children, Jack, 17, Missy, 15, and Ali, 10, on a family holiday in Los Angeles last month

Yvonne and her children, Jack, 17, Missy, 15, and Ali, 10, on a family holiday in Los Angeles last month

Yvonne Connolly recently told your diarist about the precise moment when she lost her heart to her partner John Conroy. 

"The heating was broken one winter's night in Dublin early in our relationship," she recalled.

"In fact, it was Baltic. I came out of the bathroom freezing and he was sprawled out on my side of the bed. He looked at me and told me he was warming it up for me."


"And - I fell head over heels in love."

On September 10, Yvonne and John are going somewhere decidedly un-Baltic.

To Los Angeles.

They are jetting to La La Land presumably to stay in a five-star hotel with a non-freezing bathroom, but ostensibly, as Yvonne told me, because John, who is a film camera-man of some note, has been nominated for The Creative Arts Emmy Awards for his work on Luther.

So I hope you will join me in wishing that John and Yvonne will be doing lots of celebrating when they are over there.

Yvonne will certainly know all the places to bring John. The 42-year-old blonde is only newly returned from Los Angeles, after being there on a family holiday with her brood - Jack, 17, Missy, 15, and Ali, 10, by her ex-husband, Ronan Keating.

"So I'm very busy getting the kids back to school after a hectic summer working," she told me,

"I've been busy with my RSVP magazine food column, being the brand ambassador for Seven Seas' Perfect 7 and presenting and cooking on TV3's The Seven O'Clock Show and shooting TV commercials, like Old El Paso."

I always said Yvonne Connolly had sauce.

Grainne Seoige up for the craic with fiance Jordaan in South Africa

Stop fretting, gents. Grainne is on her way home

Stop fretting, gents. Grainne is on her way home

No word yet of an actual wedding date - and certainly no pressure from your diarist (sure, isn't it bad enough that I'm putting gentle pressure on Rob Kearney and Jess Redden to get engaged?). But Grainne Seoige was on to me from a distant shore a few days ago, where she is on a well-earned vacation with her fiance Leon Jordaan.

"I'm actually in South Africa at the moment busy packing to come back after my summer hols," Spiddal and RTE's finest told me, adding that she had "the loveliest" trip to the Cape Winelands with Leon and some good friends.

"The landscape there is truly awe-inspiring, and the euro goes a long way as well, if you like good wine! But I've been keeping up with all the GAA action online because I am straight into production for Up For The Match on September 3, the night before the Hurling All-Ireland," Grainne said, referring to her and Des Cahill's show on after The Nine O'Clock News on RTE1.

"My friends here were agog at me roaring at the iPhone listening to the RTE Radio 1 commentary of the Tipp v Galway semi-final. A great match but it wasn't to be for us westerners. So we raised a glass to the tribesmen and I taught them how to say: 'Beidh lá eile ag an bPaorach!'"

Yes, yes, Grainne, but what day will the actual wedding be on?

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