The Edge: The Ivy plays host to Kathryn and Padraig's jolly do
The Jolly and The Ivy? That seemed to be the title of proceedings last week in the famous restaurant on the corner of Dame Street/Parliament Street.
Take last Friday at The Ivy, which played a very chic host to the engagement party of RTE star Kathryn Thomas and her fiance Padraig McLoughlin.
The couple met in O'Donoghue's pub on Baggot Street, Dublin, in June 2013 and got engaged recently at Ballyfin House, Co Laois.
But back to last Friday in The Ivy. Kathryn and Padraig hired the exclusive venue privately from 6pm until 1am for their 80 or so guests, who included Kathryn and Padraig's family and friends.
Chief among the latter were singer/songwriter Brian Kennedy, TV presenter Eoghan McDermott and chef Clodagh McKenna.
The newly engaged duo treated guests to glasses of Prosecco, bottles of Heineken and the signature drink of the night - The Ivy's gin cocktails.
Also circulating the room was some food, which was prepared by The Ivy's head chef Denis Massy. His team had made a selection of small dishes and finger food that were served to the group throughout the evening.
If I give you any more detail, I will be accused of dressing up in whites and going into the kitchen in the restaurant and pretending to be one of the staff, just to get you the hot gossip on Kathryn and Padraig's big night.
Be that as it may, I can add that The Ivy has become the place for hip millennials and older hipsters to dine.
I'm in no Rush to get married jokes Carol
His team Liverpool are flying in the Premier League - OK, they're second in the table. But I bet Ian Rush must feel he's No.1 every time he basks in the erotic glow of his beautiful Irish girlfriend - shapely brunette from Cork, Carol Anthony.
In fact, Ian must bask pretty often in Carol's gorgeous glow because they live together, with pads in Cheshire, London and The Algarve.
The dashing duo (who have been romantically entwined since early 2013) are clearly hot to trot. And the emphasis is on the hot.
They are spending Christmas in that most wonderful of islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius.
"We will be there until new year...really looking forward to it as Ian and I work extremely hard and most trips are business trips," she said, referring to Ian's work as an international global ambassador for Liverpool and her own charity work for slum kids in India. "So this trip will be just for us!! I can't wait!"
Will Rushie be popping a question in Mauritius? "I hope not! Ha!" Carol laughed. "But I do think it's something we might talk about next year."
Engagement or not in Mauritius, Ian and Carol will be jetting back to spend a few days with Carol's parents in Cork on December 19.
Maybe after a bit of craic in the Second City over the Yuletide, the former Liverpool FC deity will feel sufficiently loved-up to propose to Cazza on the spot?
Jim Corr, Brian Ormond and Bressie hit the town for a 40th
There will definitely be talk on corners now. You don't see him for what seems like an eternity - and then, suddenly, Jim Corr is at a friend's significant birthday party in Dublin last weekend.
The maestro with The Corrs pitched up at pal Garrett Gunnigle's 40th hooley last Saturday night in 37 on Dawson Street.
Other attendees of note at the celebration included TV star Brian Ormond, RTE broadcaster Eoghan McDermott, and musician Niall Breslin, known as Bressie (who I bumped into on Wednesday morning having breakfast in Balfe's in the Westbury). One guest at Garrett's do was heard to exclaim apropos of the fact that the birthday boy seems to have been on the Dublin social scene, like Jim Corr, since time immemorial: "40? I thought he was 50!"
Garrett is evidently a popular boy: when he married the lovely Erica Leahy in August, 2013, in Kinnitty Castle, those who turned up in Birr to help the bride and groom celebrate their day included Keith Duffy and his wife Lisa as well as Roz Purcell, Nadia Forde and Holly Carpenter.
Meanwhile, Lorraine Keane and many other fashionistas pitched up in all their finery to help the incomparable Sarah Gill celebrate the 10th birthday of her fashion emporium Seagreen in Monkstown.
Daniella Moyles was the DJ at this suitably stylish soiree, of which Seagreen's pulchritudinous proprietor told me: "Celebrating 10 years in business is incredibly exciting and I couldn't think of a better way to celebrate than an evening with so many wonderful customers, friends and press who have supported us over the past ten years."
Still in celebratory mode (was there something in the air last week?), general manager of the Marker Hotel, Charlie Sheil, was enrolled into the Irish Hospitality Institutes's (IHI) prestigious college of fellows at its annual Founder's Banquet and Hospitality Management Awards last Thursday.
"I am delighted to receive this award," Charlie told me, "and I am very grateful for the many great opportunities that I have had so far in my career. This recognition would not have been possible without the fantastic support of both my family and the team of great professionals that I work with every day at the Marker Hotel."
And before I go for this week, let me tell you that, yes, there was yet more celebration last week.
On Friday, To Children With Love (known as To Russia With Love until last year) had their 18th Birthday Celebrations last Friday in Clontarf Castle with a bash for 300 men and women. Hosted by the charity's tireless founder Debbie Deegan, guests included Russian Ambassador Max Peshkov, great grandson of the celebrated Maxim Gorky, and RTE's own Mary Kennedy.
Holly's not idle this Christmas with new show on RTE Player
Holly Carpenter will be sharing her secrets for all to hear
It's that time of the year. No - not you drink too much and get off with a co-worker at the Christmas party.
I mean, deck the house with Holly. And the RTE player with Holly too. Holly Carpenter - that is.
Your diarist can exclusively reveal (no change there then) that the former Miss Ireland (2011) will be launching a new beauty series called What Holly Would Do?, exclusive to RTE Player tomorrow.
The beautiful beauty and lifestyle blogger of some note will become a star of the national broadcaster with this new programme - that will see the late Terry Keane's granddaughter Holly share her tricks of the trade and her beauty secrets. (Most of the nation would have loved to have learned Terry Keane's secrets. But I digress.)
"The main focus of the show is to spread a positive message about being kind to yourself while having the chats and going through some make-up looks," Holly told me.
"I have a great relationship with my followers on social media and I aim to cover some areas that I get asked about most, like confidence, winged eye-liner and the perfect red lip," she said.
"A lot of my followers suffer from anxiety and can feel the pressure from today's society weighing them down at times which I can relate to. I really hope people enjoy the show and can come away from watching it feeling positive and inspired."
And I'm sure we will.
Lucy graces Central Park with Pippa
I'm like Jesus. I'm omnipresent. I'm with each and every one of you. Profoundly sacrilegious joking aside (please, no angry letters written in capped-up red ink) this is a mere trick because I have sources everywhere.
Indeed my tentacles stretch across the Atlantic to New York. The gorgeous goddess Lucy Nagle (above) was spotted walking in Central Park looking fab in her absolutely fabulous Poco by Pippa O'Connor jeans.
The previous weekend, this time in Wicklow, RTE star Claire Byrne attended the wedding of her best friend Helen Carroll. My Deep Throat also informed that Claire also attended Helen's hen party in Dublin in October and, added my mole, wore a black dress. I know. I know. There's nothing I don't know.
Meanwhile, the one-time belle of Gorse Hill, Blaise O'Donnell was at her bessy mate Melissa McKey's hen at the Stores nightclub in Wexford last weekend. She dressed demurely - for Blaise - in a black cape dress.
So am I allowed to call her the caped crusader?
Ireland rugby heroes tackle a Mexican after victory over Aussies
It's nearly Christmas. So humour me. Allow me to give you my favourite rugby quote. Circa 1995, Princess Anne's son Peter Phillips (Gordonstoun School's rugby captain) gives his pre-match coin-toss preference: "Grandmother or tails, sir?"
Post-match last Saturday after their victory over Australia at the Aviva Stadium, the Irish rugby team perhaps had a toss-up of Antipodean or Mexican theme for their well-earned entertainment.
In the end, they didn't go, surprisingly, for an Australian trope to their evening. No, they went for the Mexican option.
They celebrated the win over Australia in Mexican restaurant cum nightclub Xico on Lower Baggot Street. And after their performance earlier that day (to say nothing of the bruising battle against New Zealand the week before), the men in green deserved a night out. In fact, on the basis of those two performances (and the unforgettable one in Chicago a week earlier) the Ireland rugby team deserve the keys to the city.
Arriving after midnight, the group (Conor Murray, Simon Zebo, Cian Healy, Jack McGrath, Peter O'Mahony and Paddy Jackson to name a few) stayed until close to 4am, They had a private area beside the DJ box.
So it's official: Irish rugby players are sound.
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