Sunday 17 December 2017

Kim Bielenberg: Excess all areas - €100,000 for a wedding cake? That’s nothing . . .

Ciara Quinn with her father Sean
Ciara Quinn with her father Sean

WE may snort with disapproval at Ciara Quinn’s reported €100,000 bill for her wedding cake. But you have to remember that the marriage of one of the Quinn princesses to solicitor Niall McPartland took place in 2007 when such extravagance was commonplace.

This was an era when the moneyed classes would think nothing of flying their pampered offspring to First Communion services by helicopter. Then they could nurse their hangover on the following day by popping into the Oxygen Bar in Brown Thomas for a breath of fresh air at €10 a pop.

Former gossip columnist Gayle Killilea and developer Sean Dunne had set the standard for Celtic Tiger opulence in 2004 with wedding celebrations lasting almost a fortnight on board Cristina O, a yacht formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis.

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