Thursday 20 June 2019

Rosanna jets to the sun to escape the Beast In The East

Rosanna Davison soaked up the sun in Mauritius
Rosanna Davison soaked up the sun in Mauritius
Rosanna Davison and husband Wes Quirke
Jungle-bound... Victoria loved filming in Malaysia. Photo: David Conachy.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Aisle be there... designer Helen Cody married her long-term beau architect Rory Murphy in Dublin Hall earlier this year. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Ready for action... Guggi and Bono met up in Miami. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

La Dolce Vita? Is there any other life? In May, Yvonne Connolly and her film cameraman beau John Conroy were in Rome and Milan.

Yvonne visited John in the Italian capital, where he was shooting The Name Of The Rose with John Turturro, before they took in Milan where Yvonne was seen attending the San Pellegrino Young Chef Competition. In June, the permanently tanned duo enjoyed a break in Santorini.

In April, Norah Casey went for an Indian - the entrepreneur jetted off to India to receive a Women of the Decade in Print and Media award at the Women's Economic Forum in Delphi.

Norah (who just recently flew to Miami to go on a cruise) said she was delighted to go to India for the first time, not least because she has Indian roots (her great-grandmother Elizabeth Meeroe was born in Calcutta in the 1800s).

Also going for an Indian in April were love birds Helen Goldin and Patrick Bergin who were spotted in uber-trendy Rasam in Glasthule (they are regulars in there, as are Rosanna and hubby Wes, plus his father-in-law Chris de Burgh and wife Diane, Neil Jordan et al.)

The same month, Michael D and wife Sabine went French, albeit a classic French dinner a deux on a Saturday night at L'Ecrivain on Lower Baggot Street. The repast for the Prez was, of course, cooked by the very hand of Derry Clarke.

In early March, when most of us were trying to avoid frost bite courtesy of The Beast From The East, Rosanna Davison and her husband Wesley Quirke jetted to the Indian Ocean.

The one-time Miss World and her beau did, however, protest before they jetted to the Indian Ocean.

"We got the worst of it," she told me. "We only arrived in Mauritius on Sunday. We were snowed in all last week," she said as my heart bled for her. The bleeding stopped when she said that "it is currently 30 degrees Celsius here". She added that: "Wes looks better on the beach. He bronzes in about five minutes," she answered, "whereas I prefer to fake it".

Naturally, your diarist was too frightened to ask Rosanna what she was faking, precisely.


The Papa Smurf of Dingle's double treat

Jungle-bound... Victoria loved filming in Malaysia. Photo: David Conachy.

In February, TV star Daithi O Se took his wife Rita Talty somewhere special for Valentine's. And I mean special. The co-presenter of the Today show took one-time New Jersey Rose Rita to see Smurfs Live On Stage - Smurfs Save Spring at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. The two lovebirds did bring young son Micheal Og along too.

Daithi did also treat Rita and the child to a weekend at The Westbury Hotel as a sort of "St Valentine's treat mixed with Mother's Day present all wrapped up in one". Plus, well, the Smurfs. "Rita fancies me until she is blue in the face!" joked the Papa Smurf of Dingle.

In any event, joy was unconfined in the Kingdom, as it was in South Africa a month earlier when Eddie Jordan's son Zak popped the question to gorgeous girlfriend Grainne at the top of Lion's Head mountain in Cape Town on New Year's Eve.

On the same night, Irish designer Lucy Nagle was ringing in the New Year in Barbados. Closer to home - and Daithi - Miriam O'Callaghan and husband Steve Carson and the clan rang in New Year 2018 in O'Flaherty's pub in Dingle.

In the second week of January the Greta Garbo of Irish music, Enya, was spotted having a lovely lunch in the swish InterContinental hotel in Ballsbridge.

A man who is no stranger to lovely food - cooking it - Neven Maguire took gorgeous wife Amelda and two children, Connor and Lucia, to northern Italy for a week's holiday in October. In the same month, Christina Aguilera appeared to get what a girl wants when she had dinner in 37 with her dance crew, having come from Fade Street Social. The American superstar then returned to her suite at the InterContinental. In the same week, great Irish actress Victoria Smurfit entered the jungle in Malaysia. No - she wasn't doing an alternative version of I'm A Celebrity.. Get Me Out of Here! Victoria was filming two episodes of Strike Back, a HBO Cinemax show, in which the beautiful Dubliner plays Lauren, a fearless agent at the drug enforcement administration. "I loved every second of it," Victoria told me from Malaysia.


Helen ties the knot in style as Johnny goes smart casual

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Aisle be there... designer Helen Cody married her long-term beau architect Rory Murphy in Dublin Hall earlier this year. Photo: Brian McEvoy

In March, Irish fashion designer Helen Cody married her other half, architect Rory Murphy, in a low-key affair in

Dublin’s City Hall.

The bride wore a Suzie Monaghan cashmere cardigan and one of her own embroidered silk organza skirts.

“It was the most magical day spent with our closest friends and family — from the celestial voices of Anuna, to the stunning Appassionata blooms, in what we think is the most beautiful venue,” she said, referring to City Hall.

Helen and Rory walked through the streets afterwards to La Maison in Castle Market for an intimate dinner “to celebrate a very special day”.

And on May 17, Johnny Ronan’s son Johnny Junior and his beautiful girlfriend, Suzanne Taylor, were married in Girona, Catalonia.

The dress code was described as ‘‘smart casual”.

Obviously, trying to get the bearded buccaneer from Carrick-on-Suir, Mr Johnny Ronan Senior, into anything other than casual would have required some doing — especially in sunny Spain.

In any event, it all kicked off at 4pm at Castell d’Emporda, a plush hotel in the Costa Brava hills.


Into the West (End) for a theatre break

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

'The question, 'Who ought to be boss?' is like asking 'Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?'" quipped Henry Ford once upon a time, before answering the question "Obviously, the man who can sing tenor". I don't know whether Leo Varadkar (pictured) can sing tenor but he certainly is the boss.

In September, he and boyfriend Dr Matt Barrett went to see the hit musical Hamilton in London's West End.

"Hamilton was really, really good. I hope it comes to Dublin soon," Leo told me, adding that he and Matt were in London on a well-earned break, and stayed with An T's sister Sophie.

"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. She lives there with her husband and my niece and nephew," Leo told your diarist.


Artist Guggi (and Bono) paints Miami a certain colour for Aids charity

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Ready for action... Guggi and Bono met up in Miami. Photo: Arthur Carron/Collins

In October, top Irish artist Guggi launched his new sculpture in London's Embassy Gardens with a speech that stated he always felt he should be "like a small Victorian child - seen but not heard". His great pal John Rocha attended the swank soiree (swank because the guests included the late Princess Diana's niece Lady Kitty Spencer, Viscountess Weymouth, Jodie Kidd and British fashion designer Alice Temperley) which saw Irish developer Sean Mulryan unveil Ballymore's latest development in West London.

When your diarist talked to Guggi the morning after, he said he was "feeling very fragile" after enjoying himself a little too enthusiastically at the party. "You only live once," he said.

True to his word, Guggi was on the town in Miami in early December for Bono's Aids charity Red. And yes, Guggi (and his friend Bono) did paint the town that colour.

Whatever happened to acting like a small Victorian child?

I suppose all that hanging around with The Simon Carmody Community will ultimately have its effect.

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