Tuesday 24 September 2019

Laura's in print for HIV charity

Laura looks stunning in her unique print designed with her friend Gresham Blake
Laura looks stunning in her unique print designed with her friend Gresham Blake
Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick
Patrick Bergin and Helen Goldin dined a deux in Rasam
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

She hasn't done bad for a young wan from Bray, has she? Two weeks ago, Laura Whitmore was the host at the MTV Best World Stage in London. I was in the audience to watch her introduce another Irish export that has done quite well internationally - U2 at Trafalgar Square.

"They are the greatest live band in the world," she told me after the show. "To see them play such an iconic location was magical and as a fellow Irishman, announcing them on stage as global icons is a moment I'll remember forever."

The Bray Wanderer then jetted off to Hong Kong. She is jetting back to London this week to launch something very special - and very important - for World Aids Day for the MTV Staying Alive Foundation.

"I've created a pattern with my friend and designer Gresham Blake, based on my favourite things - music, flowers and the colour yellow," Laura told me.

"This print makes me smile every time I see it and hopefully it can brighten up many other peoples' day.

"We're launching it on World Aids Day to help raise awareness and necessary funds to eradicate HIV."

The profits go towards MTV Staying Alive, a charity Laura has been involved with for almost 10 years, and which aims to empower and educate a generation of young people and equip them with the tools and knowledge to protect themselves and their peers from the HIV epidemic.

It is shocking that today Aids is still the leading cause of death among young people in the 10-24 age group in Africa and the second leading cause globally.

Titter ye not, Katherine falls for pensioner Declan

Love, Martin Luther King once said, is the 'only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend'. Katherine Lynch possibly thought for a millisecond last week that, au contraire, love was the only force capable of transforming a (boyfriend) into an enemy. This was when her beloved beau Declan told her, apropos of an effort to impress her about their future together presumably: "I have a pension."

"He said this very sexy thing to me the other night," the lovely Lynch told me, before adding that "the love life is great. We are going on holidays in January."

To where, I inquired, before jesting? Madeira? Isn't that where all the pensioners go these days? "We're not going there!" she laughed. "We're probably going to the South of France, or New York to my brother," she said referring to her bro John.

In the meantime, Katherine is appearing in the iconic role of Miss Hannigan in Annie at the National Concert Hall, which opens on December 27 and finishes on January 2. "There's singing and, dancing and acting. So at last I'm a triple threat!" she laughed. "I turned down a few other gigs to do Annie. It's a part you can't say no to."

And hopefully Katherine won't say no to pension-rich Declan when he finally gets around to asking her to marry him.

He's behind you! On the plane to Cuba, that is...

Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick

Is it the apocalyptic polar low about to sweep over Ireland - like a beta Game Of Thrones - bringing ice and snow to our lands that have our celebrities booking holidays to warmer climes?

Take TV3 superstar Alan Hughes and his producer husband Karl Broderick (above, right). Alan tells me that after The Cheerios Panto (celebrating its 10th year at The Tivoli Theatre, with Sleeping Beauty with Alan as Sammy Sausages) finishes its run in late January that they will likely jet off to Cuba.

Until then, Alan and Karl will have Twink et al at the gala opening night of Sleeping Beauty on December 13. Presumably because Alan is up at dawn every week day for Ireland AM that 'sleeping beauty' is the last thing Karl calls him?

The nation's Goldin couple light up Glasthule

Patrick Bergin and Helen Goldin dined a deux in Rasam

The nation expects. No - not an election at Christmas. Something perhaps of equal import in the grand scheme of things...

I'm talking about Patrick Bergin and the beautiful Helen Goldin, sillies.

The nation expects that one of Ireland's most romantic couples will make an official and public announcement about their undoubted love sooner rather than later.

The golden couple have been together for over nine months now - and have been seen everywhere from Bagots Hutton on Ormond Quay to the Sugar Club on Leeson Street to the Cari Lunch in the Shelbourne hotel, among many other hotspots around the town.

So, they are clearly not hiding their light under a romantic bushel.

And so it proved last Thursday in Rasam in Glasthule when Patrick and Helen dined a deux. They arrived a little later than their booking at 9pm. Movie star (Sleeping With The Enemy, Patriot Games, etc) Bergin was a little late to arrive as his boat from England was delayed.

In any event, Helen and Patrick stayed in Rasam until after midnight and were an example to all on matters of the heart.

No strangers to l'amour themselves, Rosanna Davison and her husband Wesley and his parents were in the same night in Rasam - to celebrate his father and his sister's joint birthdays.

Meanwhile, literary queen Marian Keyes and her husband Tony were in the restaurant the night before.

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