Wednesday 20 March 2019

Leo & Matt go West (End)

Time out: Matt Barrett and Leo Varadkar
Time out: Matt Barrett and Leo Varadkar
Vera Whelan and Mick Mulcahy on Cape Clear Island. Next month they are heading for Paris
Kiera Doyle Brogan partied
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Harry and Megan were at it two weeks ago so our own royalty, Leo Varadkar and boyfriend Matt Barrett, simply had to see a certain musical in the West End last weekend.

"Hamilton was really, really good. I hope it comes to Dublin soon," Ireland's youngest ever Taoiseach told me. (Was Leo hoping to get some acting tips for the Fine Gael think-in in Salthill?)

Leo and his dashing beau were in London on a well-earned break.

What does our leader enjoy most about London? "I always love to visit London," he told me."It's such a cool, vibrant, precocious and truly international city. Thankfully my sister lives there too, so it's a handy one," said Leo of Sophie whom he and Matt stayed with. "She lives there with her husband and my niece and nephew," he said.

Back in Dublin, Claudine Keane (sans Robbie), Pippa O'Connor (sans Brian), Norah Casey, Lorraine Keane and Doireann Garrihy attended the annual ISPCC Brown Thomas Fashion Show (fabulous fashion as always) & Luncheon at the Intercontinental Hotel with hotel GM, the eternally debonair Nicky Logue last Friday. I'm told that 200 of those fine specimens of Mna na hEireann pitched up later in the Ice Bar. Cool.

Hats off to Mick and Vera on trip to treasured island

You have to take your hat off - a bright yellow cowboy one or an extra floppy vivid pink one - to internationally acclaimed Irish artist Mick Mulcahy and his muse, girlfriend Vera Whelan. They are indeed creatures of habit...

Early next month, as they do every year, they are travelling to Paris. The trip is to visit Mick's 18-year-old daughter Fiona from a previous relationship. Knowing Mick, the romantic sojourn in the City of Light will also involve visiting the odd restaurant and wine bar for a vino with Vera.

"We can't wait," said Vera. They are staying at their usual haunt in Paris, The Prado.

The two bon vivants have only recently returned from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.

"Some of the island community asked Michael to do a big installation painting. Which he duly did, and it permanently belongs to the islanders now. Cape Clear is a real step back in time, beautiful scenery, walks and bird sanctuary."

They also made new friends on Cape Clear, Vera added. And along the way Vera and Mick bought the lovely and aforementioned lovely hats - pictured - at An Siopa Beag on the island.

It could be this season's fashion statement.

Hats off to Mick and Vera on trip to treasured island

You have to take your hat off - a bright yellow cowboy one or an extra floppy vivid pink one - to internationally acclaimed Irish artist Mick Mulcahy and his muse, girlfriend Vera Whelan. They are indeed creatures of habit...

Early next month, as they do every year, they are travelling to Paris. The trip is to visit Mick's 18-year-old daughter Fiona from a previous relationship. Knowing Mick, the romantic sojourn in the City of Light will also involve visiting the odd restaurant and wine bar for a vino with Vera.

"We can't wait," said Vera. They are staying at their usual haunt in Paris, The Prado.

The two bon vivants have only recently returned from Cape Clear Island off the coast of West Cork.

"Some of the island community asked Michael to do a big installation painting. Which he duly did, and it permanently belongs to the islanders now. Cape Clear is a real step back in time, beautiful scenery, walks and bird sanctuary."

They also made new friends on Cape Clear, Vera added. And along the way Vera and Mick bought the lovely and aforementioned lovely hats - pictured - at An Siopa Beag on the island.

It could be this season's fashion statement.

Dublin go Mexican after Croker

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Kiera Doyle Brogan partied
 

About to star in sci-fi Nightflyers, Eoin Macken was in Lillie's nightclub on Grafton Street last Friday. Around the corner on Baggot Street Lower in Mexican style emporium Xico on Sunday night, the Dublin GAA team must have felt they were in their own science fiction episode about another universe where one team wins everything.

The team came out to toast their All-Ireland win with their wives and girlfriends. My spy told me Bernard Brogan was the first in to make sure everything was ready to go. The boys in blue danced the night away to the sounds of Owen Thomas singing with the George Murphy band before continuing into the night with the Xico DJ.

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