Saturday 21 September 2019

Liadan Hynes

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Author Elizabeth Gilbert pictured in Dublin last month by photographer Colin O'Riordan

She ate, she prayed, she loved - what Elizabeth Gilbert did next 

In 2006, Elizabeth Gilbert wrote a book that sold more than 12m copies, became a movie starring Julia Roberts, and led to Time magazine naming Gilbert one of the 100 most influential people in the world. That book, Eat Pray Love, tells the story of Elizabeth's brutal depression and divorce, and subsequent personal odyssey through Italy, India and Indonesia, where she ate, prayed and eventually loved her way back to happiness. The story ended with her meeting the man who would eventually become her second husband.

Apartment and duplex units at Elsmore, Naas

New homes: Apartment launch in the commuter belt 

In the new homes market, buyers typically look to the commuter belt for reasons of space and size. If they are not from the area, buyers moving to the counties surrounding Dublin offset a significantly longer commute with the prospect of a larger living space, both interior and exterior. However, as a result, the apartment market in these commuter towns has been far slower to develop than those closer to the city centre where space is at a premium.

Lee and Jackie - then the Bouvier sisters - at a debutantes' ball in 1951

The end of Camelot - the princess and the first lady 

One-time princess, actress, muse, interior designer, fashion PR, art lover, a Truman Capote ''swan'', and the ultimate doyenne of her family, most of whom she outlived; Jackie Kennedy's little sister can't have been an easy moniker to have been lumbered with for Lee Radziwill. Three years apart in age, so intense was the competition between the two sisters according to one biographer that, after Jackie's death in 1994, Lee had to completely rethink who she was, so utterly had she defined herself against her older sister.

Dawson Place, Dublin 7

This rare type of home near hipster haven Stoneybatter is selling fast 

Of all Dublin's urban villages currently undergoing a process of gentrification, the area around Arbour Hill and Stoneybatter in Dublin 7 might be the most desirable. More des res than East Wall, less prohibitively priced than Portobello, more hipster than Phibsborough, with a better atmosphere than Ringsend, for buyers who wish to live close to town, and whose budget or lifestyle doesn't stretch to a three-bed semi in the 'burbs, this area is a favourite.

Fashion designer Deborah Veale. Photo David Conachy

The long goodbye - designer Deborah Veale on her father's dementia 

When someone is suffering from some form of dementia it can be hard to spot the signs. If that person is an older adult, the onset of a certain forgetfulness, even the occasional out-of-character behaviour, can be easily ascribed to age. Who, after all, wants to broach the possibility of this most awful of diseases? For Deborah Veale's family, there was a whole other, terrible reason for not really clocking the first signs of the disease in her beloved father Ken Meehan. In 2000, Deborah's younger sister, Alacoque, a mother of one, was diagnosed with cancer which would eventually...

Aoibhin Garrihy for Life Magazine, Sunday Independent. Image: Kip Carroll. Dress, €45, River Island. Earrings, €29.95; necklace, €49.95; bracelet, €29.95, all Knight & Day

Aoibhin Garrihy on branching out in her career: 'I'm really making a conscious decision to do what keeps me happy' 

Acting is one of the world's most uncertain professions; nevertheless, its inherent vagaries have taught Aoibhin Garrihy numerous valuable life lessons: how to cope with stress, the importance of self care, and, not least, the importance of diversification - she recently graced our screens on RTE's Dancing With The Stars; she runs wellness workshops for women, and she's now the face of Knight...

'Rose' wedding dress, €779, Whistles. Photo: Kip Carroll

Say yes to the dress 

Like all life's big events, weddings evoke a visceral reaction. So if your dream has always been to get married in a huge white dress purchased in a bridal store, then look away now. Because I'm going to suggest that spending thousands on a wedding dress is totally unnecessary. These days, the high street has such a comprehensive selection of wedding collections that really, unless you want the full meringue, that's the best place to purchase a dress you will only wear once.

Looking radiant, blogger and entrepreneur Pamela Flood is enjoying being a full-time mum to her three children. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Pamela Flood: 'TV is not the be all and end all. I don't think any job is' 

One would be justified in suggesting that we have reached a peak with lifestyle blogging. That the market for everything from beauty to fashion, food to travel blogs has been well and truly saturated. In fact though, it's saturated specifically with those in their twenties and early-thirties. Unlike Britain, whose 40-plus blogging business is booming, no one of that age here has really captured the public's imagination.

Bertie Daly and wife Louise at home in Maynooth

'We just thought the value for money wasn't there in Dublin' 

Bertie Daly and his wife Louise have been living in Maynooth for 10 years. Originally from Cork, he moved to Dublin after being headhunted by biopharmaceutical company Wyeth, now Pfizer. "I said I'd go to Dublin for a year, to get some experience, and then go back to Cork," he explains. "Thirteen years later I'm still in Dublin." Having rented for three years in Dundrum, the couple decided to buy a three-bedroom semi-detached house in Maynooth, in a new homes development, Straffan Wood.

Violet wears: shirt (from menswear), €125; trousers (from menswear), €130; pashmina, €179.Jago wears: Jacket, €259; shirt, €120; trousers, €130

Modern classics from Magee 

It is a little-known fact that Donegal brand, Magee, designs and creates some of the most sought-after luxurious fabrics for the world's finest fashion houses. Innovation, as well as heritage, has always been the heart of this family-run business. "We've got all this heritage, bags of heritage," says Charlotte Temple. This year, her family's business, Magee 1866, celebrates its 150th anniversary. It began life as a draper's shop that sold hand-woven tweed, then Robert Temple, a cousin of John Magee, bought the business in 1900, and it has been in the family since.

A new priory unit enjoys floor-to-ceiling windows.

In Pictures: New look for Priory Hall after complete refurbishment 

Originally built in 2007 by former IRA hunger striker Tom McFeely, the Priory Hall complex was revealed to be suffering from serious structural and fire safety regulation issues in 2011. The apartments were evacuated by order of the High Court, with the debts of all owners eventually being written off by the banks after a long, painful struggle for the families concerned. Buy-to-let owners received a moratorium on their mortgage payments.

Claire O'Connor

Runway success for homegrown design 

The elegant surroundings of the Hibernian Club in St Stephen's Green provided the perfect runway for Peter O'Brien. His years as a couturier in Paris showed in every garment, from the olive-green hounds-tooth check coat and his signature "New Look" numbers, to his wide variety of dresses, this time adding an early 1960s flavour to his ballet-length sunray-pleated number. His show stopper was a vivid red cocktail dress with a train from the shoulder. With Martha Lynn's Star Wars hat.

Zip poncho, €119.95; shirt, €99.95; skirt, €69.95; all Peruzzi. Necklace, €24, Something Special by Gionni, Pamela Scott. Bag, €79, Gionni; tights, €9, Marie Claire, both Debenhams. Boots, stylist’s own

Style and substance - Peruzzi customers want something with an edge 

'So what are this season's trends?" People ask this question when you work in fashion, usually in the weary tones of someone already slightly exhausted at the very notion of having to 'nail' this season's latest. And really, to a great extent, who cares? Once you get to a certain age, the years have, hopefully, provided an accumulation of knowledge as to what works on you. Hopefully, some sort of personal style has been ratcheted up, that can stare down the latest take on Stevie Nicks or Miss Havisham, and allow you to say: Not for my wardrobe, thank you.

Liadan Hynes viewing rental properties in Dublin last week

Would-be tenants now offering more than the advertised rent 

'I'm paying almost €900 to share a room with two other people. There are 10 of us in the house and only two bathrooms." Margaret Path is a student from the US. She has been living in Portobello but this week, along with two of her fellow students, she attended a viewing in Irishtown. Soaring rents and landlords' preference for tenants who are professionals - seen as more likely to fulfil a full year's lease and maintain the upkeep of a property - makes finding rental accommodation as a student challenging.

Homes in Clontarf

Settle down by the sea in Clontarf for €850k 

Clontarf is often described as 'the Ballsbridge of the Northside' - although locals would contend Ballsbridge is the Clontarf of the Southside. And like Ballsbridge, property prices are notoriously high as demand consistently outweighs supply. The combination of abundant amenities, the seaside location, St Anne's Park, a number of good schools, proximity to town, and excellent bus and Dart transport links all make this one of the Northside's most sought-after areas.

Jacket (on model's shoulders), €770, Paule Ka; lace blouse, €600, Sacai; culottes, €360, P.A.R.O.S.H; boots, €750, Marni. Hair accessory, stylist's own

TrailBlazer - Cork boutique owner Clodagh Shorten 

Just over a decade ago, running a boutique had become something of a hobby. As a buyer, on buying trips, I would regularly see fellow buyers for whom running their own store was as much an extension of their social life as it was a career. They favoured the 'one for me, one for the shop, one for my BF' method of buying. But the crash separated the wheat from the chaff, and now it is mostly the pioneers who remain as boutique owners. Women who have a strong, individual aesthetic, and who tirelessly chase exclusive labels, rather than just imitating what others are doing.