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Bono hits the town with Sean Scully and Guggi

 

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James Roanan and his bride Jennifer Byrne (right)

James Roanan and his bride Jennifer Byrne (right)

RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Claudine Keane

Claudine Keane

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Glam guest... Lorraine Keane

Glam guest... Lorraine Keane

Sinead Burke. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Sinead Burke. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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James Roanan and his bride Jennifer Byrne (right)

Those looking down from outer space last weekend would have seen an absolutely giant glass marquee in Dargle Valley in Enniskerry last Saturday.

Those looking down from outer space last weekend would also have seen a giant badger stripe running down the middle of groovy gruaige, owned by tycoon Johnny Ronan.

The spectacle in Wicklow was the marriage of Johnny's son James and the lovely Jennifer Byrne. Remember, I told you this last week and I promised you the guest list this week. Unlike the Troika, I always keep my promises.

The Valley Girls included Caroline Corr (with husband Frankie), former Bond girl Alison Doody (looking as always ab fab), Anna Kirwan (with her beau Ian Madigan). Rosanna Davison was with husband Wes, plus her parents Chris de Burgh and Diane).

Johnny's sister, Gill, was the lady in red while Guggi was in black tie, perhaps because that was the dress code.

Meanwhile, Guggi was out on the town last month with fellow internationally acclaimed artist Sean Scully and Oscar, son of Barry Humphries - aka Dame Edna Everage.

Another guest on the evening was Dame Bono. I don't know what they were celebrating, but when you are Bono, every night is Friday night, don't you know, unless you're out with the Simon Carmody Community...

Another tycoon, the incomparable Dermot Desmond also had cause to celebrate. His son Derry marked his engagement to the stunningly beautiful Ali McKeever on September 7 in the super-swish Zozimus in Anne's Lane in Dublin's city centre.

They got engaged in Cap Ferrat in the sunny south of France last month.

The aforesaid Alison Doody was also sun-kissed, as she was recently on a break in Ibiza.

On September 4, her lovely daughter, Laura, graduated at O'Reilly Hall in UCD.

Well, her grandad is the great Tony O'Reilly.

 

Miriam and  Maura for a poptastic weekend!

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RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

RTÉ’s Miriam O’Callaghan. Photo: Gerry Mooney

 

How pop(culture)astic is this? Superstar-in-the-making Maura Higgins dined in The Ivy on Dawson Street, while down the road in Ballsbridge in the InterContinental Westlife's Mark, Kian and Shane and their families stayed for the weekend. X Factor pop genius Louis Walsh was in last Thursday for lunch in the hotel's Reading Room.      In another five- star hotel last Friday, Miriam O'Callaghan hosted the inaugural Garden Party lunch at the Merrion Hotel in aid of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook.

Guests on the day included international designer Louise Kennedy, horse trainer Emma Harrington, Tamso Doyle, Ali Chawke plus former mayor and barrister supremo, Oisin Quinn and his sister Alison - along with committee member, the totally fab Astrid Brennan.

Speaking of fab, later that night, at the IMMA, Sinead Burke MC-ed an event launching the Kildare village and IMMA partnership at Culture Night.

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Sinead Burke. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Sinead Burke. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Sinead Burke. Photo: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

Everyone from Aoibhinn McGinnity to Kathryn Thomas were expected.

 

House turns Blue after Croker Final

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Claudine Keane

Claudine Keane

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Claudine Keane

 

They're good sports. Last Saturday, after the All-Ireland Final in Croke Park, Shane Lowry and Robbie Keane pitched up in 37 on Dawson Street in celebratory mood. The golf and football legends, respectively, had come from the game, obviously.

They then went on their way to another party on Leeson Street. Claudine Keane et al were already in House where the party - as well it might considering the circumstances - was in full flow.

Shortly after midnight, the party went up another level when the Dublin team arrived through the doors of the famous hipster hang-out. The celebrations went on until the early hours with DJs Ray Shah and Rob C pumping out the tunes, to say nothing of live music from the George Murphy band. I can't say whether they were bopping to five-in-a-row on the dancefloor, but those who were enjoying themselves on this night of nights included Dubs' captain Stephen Cluxton, goal hero Eoin Murchan and man-of-the-match Ciaran Kilkenny as well as Bernard Brogan and James McCarthy.

They could possibly have done with a (Joe) Brolly, there was so much good will and joy raining down on them from the truly ecstatic crowd in a totally jammers House last Saturday.

And last Monday night, some of the Dublin team continued the celebrations in Xico on Baggot Street Lower.

Is it tempting fate to say - see you next year, same place, same time? Six of the best?

 

New fashion show by princess Fiona

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Glam guest... Lorraine Keane

Glam guest... Lorraine Keane

Glam guest... Lorraine Keane

 

Sisters are doing it for themselves. During the recession, it was indefatigable fashion warriors like Fiona Foy Holland who led the charge against the grim naysayers. They put on fashion shows to beat the band (and the naysayers.)

And she and her clan are still at it.

On Friday lunchtime in the Stephen's Green Club in Dublin, Fiona is putting together a show celebrating Irish women in fashion - a show for women by women with luminaries such as Eileen the Style Queen in attendance and the delightful Lorraine Keane expected.

It is all in aid of St Lazarus - the money goes to humanitarian causes. RTE's Nuala Carey is the MC on the day. To paraphrase Bob Dylan, you do need a weather woman to know which way the wind is blowing!

And all the fashion is by Irish designers, including Katie-Ann McGuigan (who wowed everyone at London Fashion Week), Roisin Gartland, Caroline Kilkenny and Caireann Foy will be showing her children's wear with little mites running up and down the catwalk.

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