Saturday 20 October 2018

Hozier joins bro's bash in party week to remember

Julian Okines and Amanda Byram arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA
Julian Okines and Amanda Byram arriving on the red carpet for the IFTA
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Fresh-faced Eoghan McDermott is enjoying his hectic lifestyle in Spain - despite the early starts - while narrating the Australian version of ITV's popular 'Love Island' TV show
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

What a week. And not just for the weather. Hozier helped his brother John celebrate his birthday in House last weekend. The great singer looked cool in a grey T-shirt and black jeans. Robbie Henshaw and girlfriend Sophie Marren were in Host Restaurant in Ranelagh on Tuesday night. Millie Mackintosh was in the Marker that day. Keith Duffy was at the launch of Blow in Henry Street's Dunnes on Wednesday night. Pippa O'Connor and Brian Ormond were in the Intercontinental after the IFTAs (they stayed the night, as did Amanda Bryam and husband Julian Okines).

Elsewhere on Thursday evening, something of the past, of an Ireland long gone, leaked through on Farmleigh Estate. The ghost of Garech Browne was ever present at the launch of Anthony Palliser's Irish Portraits at Farmleigh Gallery.

John Boorman (one of Palliser's subjects) attended (as did Guggi, Paul McGuinness and Kate O'Toole.) The filmmaker would have recalled how Garech threw a bash at his Luggala estate in the 1980s for the wedding of daughter Katrine Boorman to Tom Conran. Actress Tara MacGowran also attended the Farmleigh hooley. Garech in the mid 1960s recorded Tara's father Jack reading Beckett for Browne's Claddagh Records. Paddy Moloney played a solitary tune on Thursday night. Garech had famously asked his pal Paddy to form a group in 1962. Another guest at the soiree James Morrissey is currently writing a book about Claddagh Records and the crown prince of Luggala himself. A good night for Garech.

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