Andrea expecting second child after miscarriage hell
Andrea Hayes has a good tale to tell. She is expecting a happy event with her husband, David Torpey. "Naturally, as well as feeling extremely overjoyed, I am - and was - still feeling a little terrified, if I am being honest, due to the fact that we have had multiple miscarriages," the beautiful presenter of TV3's Dog Tales told me.
"So because of that, it's always a worry it will happen again. It's been an extremely difficult year personally in many ways. But we got through it and yet so many positive things have happened. I am feeling so blessed that we have finally reached the milestone 12 weeks, having lost pregnancies in the past this is a very treasured pregnancy and both David and I are beyond excited.
"I'm feeling so elated to be at this point where I can celebrate the pregnancy and also the completion of my third book," she said, referring to Dog Tales, which is being launched in House on October 25 between 3pm and 6pm. Andrea was also looking forward to the second series of Dog Tales.
"I am enjoying every moment," added Andrea who lives in Dublin with husband David, their six-year-old daughter Brooke and their 12-year-old Labrador, Dash.
I recommend you all dash out and buy the book. You'd be barking not to.
Soapy Rosie 'n Ferg slide backwards up a rainbow
Last Thursday evening the worlds of arts and business met at The Westbury for the annual Dublin Theatre Festival Gala Night, to pay homage to two theatrical deities: actress Rosaleen Linehan and her late husband, playwright Fergus Linehan, for their outstanding contribution to theatre.
Surrounded by family (all her four children) and friends, Rosaleen provided the highlight of this illustrious evening when she sang, told stories and spoke touchingly of her and Fergus' life together... even treating guests to a few bars of their most famous song, Soap Your Arse and Slide Backwards up a Rainbow! As she finished, the room erupted into applause and the guests gave Rosaleen - and Fergus - a standing ovation.
Countess Alison draws in the Irish aristocracy
The life of the Irish aristocracy seems to proceed largely unimpeded. And what of it?
On November 9, a large amount of them will converge on the United Arts Club on Upper Fitzwilliam Street for the unveiling of an exhibition of the Countess of Rosse's latest works, Landscapes and Interiors - which includes, I'm told, interior paintings of Russborough and Mount Stewart and landscape of Killaun Bog in Birr.
Alison Rosse, say my Deep Throats in the landed gentry, would be in her 70s but doesn't look it.
She was a society beauty in London in the 1960s. Her husband, Brendan, the Earl of Rosse, is - added another well-bred mole - "a friend of Prince Charles and has been over and back to Highgrove and is a member of the prestigious Irish Tree Society".
A society of trees, eh?
The titled types expected on the night for the Countess's launch at the United Arts Club (which, incidentally, had a certain Countess Markievicz as one of the founding members) will include: Alison's son, Patrick, Lord Oxmantown the heir to the earldom, and his wife and fashion designer, Anna, Lady Oxmantown.
Alison's daughter, the lovely Lady Alicia Clements, and her husband, Nat, are also attending, as are Alison's friend Lindy Guinness, who is the Marchioness of Dufferin, plus Sir David Davies of Abbeyleix House in Laois.
Onetime diarist with The Irish Times, the exquisite Robert O'Byrne, will open the exhibition, while another former diarist with that newspaper, the dashing James Gibbons, will attend from his home in Clara in Offaly.
All this talk of titles has me in urgent need of a lie-down in a dark, and possibly draughty, room in some restored ruin down the country somewhere, with a pint glass of brandy.
Majella jets out to Daniel in Tenerife
Talk about 'living the dream'. It is not just the title of Daniel O'Donnell's new autobiography but it is clearly his philosophy as well. This I say because the legendary singer's beautiful other half Majella told last week of his whereabouts, revealing thus: "Daniel is in Tenerife for two weeks and I join him on Sunday after the Mental Health Summit in the Aviva on Friday."
Meanwhile, as Maj was flying out from Dublin to Dan, Michael Gambon was jetting into Dublin from London to film a movie and to hook up with his good buddy Michael Colgan (he is staying with Colgan in his pad on Waterloo Road). The latter had just returned from New York where his good buddy Sean Mulryan was honoured by the Irish Chamber of Commerce USA at the 29th Annual Celtic Ball held at the Plaza Hotel last weekend. (Previous recipients of the Sir Michael Smurfit Business Achievement Award include Sir Michael Smurfit, Peter Sutherland, JP McManus, Denis O'Brien and Gary McGann.)
But back to Michael Colgan, who I had lunch with in Angelina's last week. He is on the board of AIL (owners of Abrakebabra, Bagel Factory and O'Briens Sandwich Cafe), which launched its three-year partnership with LauraLynn, Ireland's Hospice care for children, last Thursday in The Merrion hotel with AIL ambassadors Rachel Allen and Keith Barry.
Brooklyn courts Chloe in House
Doubtless Brooklyn Beckham got the romance in his DNA from his somewhat well-known parents. As daddy David said on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in January, the early stages of his courtship to the more-famous-than-him-at-the-time Spice Girl was conducted in his new bright blue BMW in the car park of a pub in England.
Brand new blue Beamers notwithstanding, Brooklyn was seen leaving the Aviva Stadium after Leinster v Munster last weekend with his more-famous-than-him movie star girlfriend Chloe Moretz in a black-tinted-window minibus. They got to watch Johnny Sexton set the new all-time points-scoring record for Leinster.
That night, the couple pitched up in House at approximately 10.30pm. They sat in the terrace in the VIP club on Leeson Street (where they were joined by friends), before going downstairs to the club's Red Room for a bop. They all left at 2am in the minibus with the black-tinted windows.