Saturday 24 August 2019

The Edge: H2 oh! Rosanna and Wes's secrets leaked

Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison at the 2015 VIP Style Awards. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Wesley Quirke and Rosanna Davison at the 2015 VIP Style Awards. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Lorraine Keane will be slaving over a hot oven providing for some 32 guests. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
Keynote speech: Niall O'Dowd, founding publisher of 'Irish America', John Saunders and Rhona Blake
Hot: Olivia Tracey is going to Punta Cana for Christmas. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Fianna Fail TD and barrister Jim O'Callaghan Photo: Tom Burke
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

It's official. Rosanna Davison gives great head (phones.) The former Miss World is giving her husband Wesley Quirke what he really wants most in the world for Christmas. He is also getting a set of Bose headphones to listen to music on. Doubtless he and Rosie will make plenty of sweet music together this Yuletide.

And before the politically correct brigade out there start sending in abusive missives about my lack of respect for women, I met Rosie for a coffee last week at Java on Molesworth Street and I asked her was she OK with the joke. She thought it was hilarious. Got that?

It is nearly 2017 and we are still allowed to make jokes in Ireland the last time I checked. (Rosanna bought the aforementioned very pricey Bose headphones last Wednesday at Duty Free in Dublin airport en route to London on a business trip). Rosanna possibly needed something to lighten her mood last week at home anyway. Not that she is having any problems at home. I'll let Rosanna explain herself the situation on the home-front. "After taking a shower yesterday, I heard water dripping into our living room. It turned out we had a burst pipe. The carpet was soaking wet." Just as well Rosanna didn't give Wes his Christmas present early this year or he could have been sitting in the living room listening to music on his headphones oblivious to the sound of his wife's shower water coming through the ceiling above.

Completely unrelated to her soaking wet carpet at home, Rosie and hubby Wes are jetting off to Mauritius on St Stephen's Day for their annual trip away with the entire De Burgh family.

To continue with the airline metaphor, Rosie tells me that her book Eat Yourself Fit is "flying off the shelves'' - with Easons taking a huge Christmas order.

''I hope it will encourage readers to make some healthier lifestyle swaps next month.

If they are aiming to work on their health and fitness over Christmas, I'll be taking time off the healthy eating and fitness and indulging in some of my favourite Eat Yourself Fit recipes - including banoffee pie and cheesecake."

Praise for Tom McGurk as presenters prepare to feast

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Lorraine Keane will be slaving over a hot oven providing for some 32 guests. Photo: Patrick O'Leary
 

Lorraine Keane will be slaving over a hot oven providing for some 32 guests

I don't mean to broadcast it to the nation. Be that as it may, one of my favourite broadcasters, young Tom McGurk, had a 70th birthday party in Sallins village last weekend. The soiree was attended by, amongst others, George Hook (who gave a speech on the night) and Lucinda Creighton. The latter noted that it was "a privilege to be here to celebrate with an old buddy. Good old Hooky," she said, "paid due homage to Tom."

Praise well deserved too.

Lorraine Keane's family and extended family will be paying homage to her, too, come Christmas Day. Every other year Lorraine and the gang do Crimbo dinner at her husband Peter Devlin's family. This year it is Lorraine's turn at home in Monkstown.

The former mainstay of TV3 is going to be slaving over a hot oven on that day for 32 guests. "That's my parents, all my siblings and our children. So that's 16 adults and 16 children. We will all cook. Delegation is key. Everyone will bring a dish or platter or something."

The plan is to feed the children first, so that the grown ups can relax over their dinner, but with the eldest being 13 - Lorraine's daughter Emelia - and seven of the 16 children under the age of five, the star says she has a feeling that her cunning plan "may be wishful thinking and it will be organised chaos".

From Monkstown to Galway, Daithi O Se's lovely wife Rita Talty will be cooking the dinner on the big day for him and their young child Ogie. "I'm not a bad cook," confided Daithi, "but I'm better at eating.

"It will be our first Christmas day with just the three of us. So I'm really looking forward to it.

"Santa will be coming also and I think Rita and I are more excited than Ogie."

Ho ho ho.

Soaraway Saunders takes Manhattan...

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Keynote speech: Niall O'Dowd, founding publisher of 'Irish America', John Saunders and Rhona Blake

Keynote speech: Niall O'Dowd, founding publisher of 'Irish America', John Saunders and Rhona Blake

Members of the Saunders family were singing with delight last week. And not just in Manhattan, where PR deity John Saunders was the toast of the town.

But I'll get to the singing later...

When he delivered the keynote speech at the Irish America Business 100 lunch - and received a standing ovation from all those present at the Metropolitan Club - it marked what has been an incredible year for John, appointed PR giant FleishmanHillard's president and CEO in 2015.

So being nominated for the top spot at the 31st Annual Irish America Business lunch may have been the icing on a cake that was possibly in skyscraping proportions for soaraway Saunders.

The golden boy was joined by his wife Jean and his daughter Caroline and many long-standing US-based friends - including manufacturer Hanover's Charlie McCabe, Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis, legendary NBC sports presenter and voice of Notre Dame Don Criqui and leading HSS orthopaedic surgeon Steve O'Brien, who is also vice-president of the prestigious Metropolitan Club.

A large contingent from Dublin also attended, including FH colleagues Mark Mortell and the one and only Rhona Blake.

Beautiful blonde bird-on-the-wing Rhona, FleishmanHillard's chairman John D Graham, who marks 50 years with the firm this year, and his wife Linda and others flew back to Dublin afterwards to attend a special event at the National Concert Hall.

The special occasion was that John's wife Jean, a member of the choir from Our Lady's Choral Society, was singing in Handel's Messiah at the NCH. Some might say Jean is married to the messiah of global PR.

Olivia's mystery holiday man

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Hot: Olivia Tracey is going to Punta Cana for Christmas. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Hot: Olivia Tracey is going to Punta Cana for Christmas

Some like it hot. Irish actress based in Los Angeles, Olivia Tracey, in particular. The former Miss Ireland (1984) is travelling to the white sand beaches of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, for a 10-day sojourn.

"I'm heading to warmer climes this Christmas," she told me, before teasing, "and I'm not going alone."

My Deep Throat in Olivia's camp tells me her travelling companion "is a very entertaining Jewish New Yorker, handsome in a Richard Gere-ish sort of way, and a lot of fun. Never a dull moment and lots of laughter. He is in the restaurant business. For now, let's just call him the Mystery Man".

In the meantime, the fine documentary Rebel Rossa - of which Olivia is executive producer - is on RTE on Thursday. Olivia said: "It premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh to a sold-out house, and likewise at last month's Cork Film Fest.

"I'm thrilled to have it broadcast on our national station, and kudos to our co-producing partner Ciaran O'Connor, RTE's Brian Walsh and sales agent Derry O'Brien for sealing the deal.

"I'm especially loving LA these days, as I get to play real-life aunt/mom to my godson and nephew, David Stewart, who moved to LA last summer with his beautiful wife, make-up artist Kate Synnott."

Maybe Kate will do the make-up for Olivia's future wedding to her dashing date in Punta Cana?

O'Callaghan has great pulling power

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Fianna Fail TD and barrister Jim O'Callaghan Photo: Tom Burke
 

I always said Jim O'Callaghan had great pulling power - first with the electorate and now behind the taps.

The rising star of Fianna Fail (above) pulled pints for charity at House on Leeson Street. Today FM's Dermot and Dave, and Tatiana, ex of Fair City, also worked as bartenders for the evening in a soiree to raise money for Haiti and the Irish charity Haven. Guggi turned up with Dave Kavanagh and Simon Carmody to oversee the auction of his painting.

The artist had come directly from a lunch at The Merrion and was in fine form as he described his etchings for the guests. He did a good job because it went for well over two grand.

Number Twenty Two on South Anne Street hosted plenty of Guggi's VBFs, like Liam Cunningham, for the launch of Masquerade and Spectacle nightclub.

Mrs Brown's Boys star Rory Cowan, Brent Pope, Norah Casey, Alan Hughes, Karl Broderick, Karen Koster and John McGuire also pitched up.

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