Tuesday 17 September 2019

Happy Christmas! Johnny and Maia together again

Johnny and Maia: Joy is unconfined.
Johnny and Maia: Joy is unconfined.
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Ladies only for Chanelle McCoy and friends at Fanny Hannon's party
Daithi receives his award from Professor Eugene Wall. Pic. Brian Arthur
Getting ready for Santa ... Daithi and Rita are getting really excited about Christmas as is their young son Michael
Dining out ... Dakota Fanning
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Johnny Vegas and Maia Dunphy. I knew it would never last - their break-up, that is. I can officially confirm the couple who separated earlier this year are now well and truly back together. Don't ask me how I know. I just do, OK?

Let's say someone so close to acclaimed author and broadcaster Maia that she can see her put her make-up on in the morning told me Maia and English comic god Johnny are re-united. And that joy is unconfined in both households and that this Christmas is going to be the best Yuletide ever for them and their young son, Tom.

So, there you have it. You will have to trust me on this, not least because Dalkey beauty and Julianne Moore lookalike Maia is so averse to attention and self-publicity that you won't hear a peep out of her on it.

She barely likes to even talk about herself. When, late last year, I interviewed Maia about her magnificent book (one to ask Santa for, naturally) The M Word: For Women who Happen to be Parents, she was happier to talk about her granny Conchita and the Spanish Civil War than the actual book.

So don't expect her and Johnny on any TV sofas baring their souls any time soon. You can expect, however, Maia and the newly whippet-thin Johnny spending Christmas between Ringsend and London.

Viva Las (Johnny) Vegas.

Daithi and Rita strike a deal

Getting ready for Santa ... Daithi and Rita are getting really excited about Christmas as is their young son Michael

Santa is not coming early to the O Se household in Co Galway. But the in-laws are. In two weeks' time, Mike and Anne Talty are flying in from New Jersey to spend Yuletide with their gorgeous daughter Rita, their famous son-in-law Daithi and grandson Micheal (aged 4 and a half).

The nation's favourite TV dreamboat had to sit down with Rita and Micheal to bash out a deal. "They wanted to put up the Christmas decorations last week," Daithi told me from the set in Cork of Today, the hugely popular RTE show which he co-hosts with Maura Derrane.

"We always put them up on the eighth. December 1 was the compromise," Daithi said, adding that he and lovely Rita are "so looking forward to Christmas this year. Micheal really understands Santa this year."

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Daithi receives his award from Professor Eugene Wall. Pic. Brian Arthur

Daithi must have felt he was going back not quite to his younger self last Monday evening. He was honoured with an alumnus award from Mary Immaculate College in Limerick for his achievements on television.

"This award means a lot to me as I feel Mary Immaculate set me on a good road in life. I had four great years there. I went from college straight into television. It was great catching up with all my old lecturers. It's a place I'll definitely come back to study one day."

Claire goes for the Byrne in the InterContinental

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TV stars from past and present were present in a swish D4 hot spot last week. RTE's Claire Byrne was in the InterContinental last Wednesday, meeting her agent, Noel Kelly, for coffee.

Ex-TV3 star Lorraine Keane - who now runs events and is something of a fashion guru - was in the same ultra-chic establishment for afternoon tea the day before. In Dublin's city centre, Donald Trump's favourite model Stormy Daniels was in 37 on Dawson Street after her appearance on The Ray Darcy Show last weekend.

On the same night, Leinster players Adam Byrne, Tom Daly, Peter Dooley and Noel Reid were in House on Leeson Street celebrating Ireland's great win against the All Blacks.


Chanelle's enchanting Ascot race date with royalty

Ladies only for Chanelle McCoy and friends at Fanny Hannon's party

Chanelle McCoy is taking a break from world domination, running the medical business of her dad Michael's globally successful human and veterinary healthcare company, the Chanelle Group.

But don't hold the front page of the business section just yet. Chanelle is only taking a break from world domination for a night. The Irish beauty is pitching up at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire for the 50th of Fanny Hannon, daughter of Richard Hannon Sr, the former champion racehorse trainer.

So I thought I'd ask Chanelle whether she is going to the birthday beano with her esteemed husband, retired legend of the saddle, AP McCoy. "No! It's ladies only!" she laughed, without confirming whether AP would be with the kids, Archie and Eve, playing kiddy games at home in Oxfordshire while yummy-scrummy mummy is in Soho Farmhouse playing more adult games with Fanny and friends.

In the meantime, Chanelle and AP were two of the very few guests invited to join the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall for the fourth Prince's Countryside Fund Race Day at Ascot last Friday.

Lunch was held in the royal box, and Camilla was seen studying the racecard with AP in the parade during the day. It is far from lunch at Royal Ascot with British royalty that Chanelle was reared in Loughrea, Co Galway. But then, Chanelle is now, of course, Lady McCoy.


A Big Bang on Grafton Street

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Dining out ... Dakota Fanning

Planet Ireland must have felt it underwent a big bang last weekend when our rugby heroes brought a certain team from New Zealand down to earth at the Aviva. Two miles away on Grafton Street, there was a big bang when Kunal Nayyar, one of the stars of The Big Bang Theory, landed in Lillie's.

Around the corner, superstar Dakota Fanning was spotted recently having dinner in Luna. The restaurant is used to stars. It has become something of a second kitchen to Bono and the Simon Carmody Community. Meanwhile, the indomitable Alison Canavan is off to Chicago next week to give a keynote talk at Refuel alongside ABC News's Dan Harris and CNN's Mel Robbins. Go Ali! Go Ali!

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