Saturday 7 December 2019

Enya enjoys the taste of the (inter) continental

Gweedore godess: Enya spotted out and about. Photo: Mark Condren
Gweedore godess: Enya spotted out and about. Photo: Mark Condren
Marie Flavin
Lucy Nagle
Miriam O'Callaghan and Steve Carson
Leo and partner Matt enjoyed NYE concert
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

She is the Greta Garbo of the Irish music industry - rarely seen, but never less than brilliant. I am talking, of course, of Enya, the Gweedore goddess/genius and all round Donegal divine being, who lives in a mansion high up in the Killiney hills... who sold trillions upon trillions of records worldwide with her sublime masterpiece Orinoco Flow in 1988 from her equally masterful Watermark album.

For the record, if you pardon the pun, I reviewed the album upon its release almost 30 years ago for New Musical Express in London and Enya and her manager Nicky Ryan presumably liked the review so much that they used part of it for ads in the United Kingdom.

My Deep Throats spotted her in the Intercontinental in Ballsbridge having lunch in the swish lounge area of the five-star hotel with her manager, the aforesaid Nicky Ryan, the week before last. I'm told that the herbal tea was flowing a la Orinoco. I'm also told that the blessed Enya is, in fact, a regular enjoyer of lunch in the Intercontinental - once a month at least. Her driver parks the big Maybach outside the hotel. Talk about leaving your (water)mark.

Still in the Intercontinental, Rita Farrell spent the Yuletide in the hotel with her movie star producer husband Joel B Michaels. Joel (who produced Terminator 3 in 2003) and Rita (who produced Colin Farrell on May 31, 1976!) married in 2013 in Colin's mansion in Los Angeles.

Soprano Maire hits right notes with baritone Don

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Marie Flavin
 

Top Irish soprano Maire Flavin (pictured) is excited about her upcoming nuptials to Scottish baritone Donald Thomson. The couple are eloping to a treehouse at the romantic Loch Goil in Scotland. The brunette Maire, from Cabinteely, met her fiance on stage in Paris when he took her pulse playing her doctor in La traviata. The former Alexandra College boarder has another reason to celebrate as her first album of classic children's lullabies with the RTE symphony orchestra, Baby Mine, is available to download on iTunes from March 2 with 100pc of artist royalty profits going to the Irish Society for Autism. Maire says: "This project has been my lifelong dream and a lovely gift for someone this Mother's Day."

Lovely Lucy in the Caribbean sky with friends

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Lucy Nagle
 

Once more unto the beach. Or at least into the stunning Sandy Lane hotel on the Caribbean island of Barbados for Lucy Nagle.

The fashion designer of the moment was seen ringing in the New Year at the Sandy Lane with some friends. Lovely Lucy looked beautiful in a white dress.

The equally beautiful Doyle heiress and insta queen Ashley Doyle was also in Barbados.

She dined with her family at several of the island's top eateries, among them The Cliff and Lone Star.

Ashley was spotted celebrating on Christmas Eve with her Leinster Rugby hooker boyfriend James Tracy at the Westbury before jetting off to the Caribbean.

Dingle all the way for Miriam

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Miriam O'Callaghan and Steve Carson

When she is living in the Aras an Uachtarain, perhaps, Miriam O'Callaghan won't be able to get away for New Year's Eve?

Maybe she should ask Michael and Sabina for advice in advance? Last year, however, the RTE superwoman was able to trek to her beloved Kerry to ring in the New Year with husband Steve and their brood.

They stayed at The Skellig and went to the centre of Dingle at midnight to enjoy the craic with crowds of locals. Miriam et al also had a prime time that night in O'Flaherty's pub. And why not? Sure, the star of Montrose is entitled to let her gorg gruaige down once in a while, before she gets her feet under the table at the Aras.

Former TV star, turned events guru Lorraine Keane, rang in the New Year in the West, in Tawnyinlough, Leenane, Co Galway. "It was with close friends," Lorraine told me. "Eight families in Delphi Lodge Country House. We took over the place."

Star of the big screen - A View to a Kill and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, among them - Alison Doody, meanwhile, was spotted looking ultra-glam outside Patrick Guilbaud's restaurant on Upper Merrion Street over Christmas with a group of friends. Alison's daughter, Alanna, a successful make-up artist in Los Angeles, was back from LA for Christmas. She stayed with her mum at her home in Donnybrook over the break.

Alanna, who is the image of her movie-star mum, was sighted shopping in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street over the Christmas break rocking a Gucci belt and skinny jeans.

Leo and Matt get sporty

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Leo and partner Matt enjoyed NYE concert
 

In politics, Napoleon once said, absurdity is not a handicap. With Leo Varadkar being a bit of an unreconstructed hipster is not a handicap in his job either. Quite the contrary, in fact. Unlike the most recent Taoisigh, the Fred Perry-wearing 38-year-old An T likes Blur, Radiohead and popular culture as much as he likes the cut and thrust of political discourse.

He went to the big NYE concert on Custom House Quay. "It was good," Leo told me. "Kodaline, Hudson Taylor et al…" And after that? "I went to the Leinster v Connacht game on New Year's Day with Matt," he answered, meaning his other half - Matthew Barrett (pictured above). "I've been easing myself back into work since then." Like the rest of the nation you govern over, Leo...

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