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Lady in Red Pippa has a ball for a good cause


Pippa O'Connor

Pippa O'Connor

Niall Breslin 'Bressie'

Niall Breslin 'Bressie'

Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie at the Maleficent premiere (Invision/AP)

Brad Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie at the Maleficent premiere (Invision/AP)

Lisa Cannon. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Lisa Cannon. Photo: Brian McEvoy


Pippa O'Connor

Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormond took some time out to let their hair down last weekend at new Dublin club Xico, the Diary can reveal.

The glamorous couple presented the Snowflake Ball in aid of both Crumlin and Temple Street Children's Hospitals at the Shelbourne Hotel earlier that night and headed to the new Mexican-themed club on Baggot Street afterwards.

Pippa and Brian weren't the only celebs enjoying new hot spot Xico - formerly the Bagott Street Inn - as Bressie, former X Factor contestant Janet Grogan and models Hayley Ryan, Sandra Blakeney, Faye Rooney and Faith Barnett also danced the night away.

Bressie (34) was not joined by his girlfriend of two years Roz Purcell.

Former Miss Universe Ireland Roz (24) has stated that she is not a big drinker and prefers to lead a quiet lifestyle.


Pippa looked stunning in a beautiful red long-sleeved dress by Australian designer Alex Perry from designer dress rental store, The Ivory Closet.

"A few weeks ago, I spotted a photo of an incredible dress that was coming soon to The Ivory Closet in Limerick. I texted Sheila straight away and said 'bagsy that dress'," Pippa said.

The model-turned-blogger accessorised the winning look with nude court shoes from Cari's Closet boutique and statement box bag and diamond ear cuff from the high street.

Pippa also runs a day of style, make-up tips and hair styling at her event Pippa's Fashion Factory. Tickets for her January 31 event sold out in a matter of hours.

The mum-of-one felt it was important to support the fundraising ball and said she was lucky that her young son Ollie is healthy and happy.

"It's the first time Crumlin and Temple Street children's hospitals have come together for an event like this. It's so important to help these hospitals in any way we can," she said.

"I'm absolutely blessed with Ollie that we've never needed to avail of them but I've seen the incredible work they do and they need all the support they can get.

"The kids are always so upbeat and happy to see everyone. I just think they're amazing.

"And there we are worrying do we have everything on our Christmas list - stupid things," she added.

Pippa (30) lost her mum, Louise, earlier this year and admits that the first Christmas without her will be tough.

"When I'm busy with work, when I keep going I'm okay. But the minute I stop and think, it hits you like a train," she said.

"It's just a crappy situation, it's really hard, especially coming up to Christmas you see something in a shop and you think, 'Oh, mum would love that'.

"She was a really fun woman, with a really dry, witty sense of humour.

"It makes you really appreciate everyone and everything without sound too cliche about it - you do not know what's going to happen tomorrow," she added.

Highlight of the year? Meeting Brad Pitt, reveals TV3 star Lisa Cannon

Xpose's Lisa Cannon gets to interview A-list celebrities all over the world but she says that meeting Brad Pitt was the highlight of her year.

"Meeting Brad Pitt at long last was my highlight. It's funny because I had been waiting 20 years and he didn't disappoint," she said.

Her 101-year-old grandmother even helped her nab some time with the Hollywood heartthrob.

"My grandmother actually had a helping hand in it," she revealed.

"I was supposed to meet him in the morning but the plane was delayed and the interview was gone.

"She cheered me up and suggested approaching him on a red carpet to ask him if Fury was a good depiction of the war for women like her who had lived through two world wars and was still alive.

"In the end, his personal assistant told him and he came right over to me and talked for 10 minutes. Unbelievable," she added.

Lisa's grandmother is very special to her and she heads to London with her dad every year to spend Christmas with her.

They have previously celebrated the festive season at Claridge's in Mayfair and The Dorchester - hotels they know her grandmother would like.

"We want to take her somewhere elegant and nice," Lisa said.

While Lisa says she loves the experience of going away for Christmas, there is another reason she like to celebrate in a nice hotel.

"I just wouldn't have an interest in cooking Christmas dinner, not for two people. It would be different if you were cooking for loads of people and kids, that would be fun.

"I did it before and there was no joy in it," she admitted.

Dub Hannah lands role as princess

Every girl wants to be a princess and now Dubliner Hannah Osbourne is the lucky lady to slip on the tiara.

Hannah (inset) will play Princess Melisande in Pirates in the Kingdom of Enchantasia at the Smock Alley Theatre.

Hannah (24) who studied drama at DIT is delighted at the opportunity to play such a fun character and dress up as a princess.

"It's been amazing to land this role and the costumes are just incredible," she told the Diary.

"It's the first play I've done for children so I'm really excited about it, especially as it's Christmas.

Pirates in the Kingdom of Enchantasia is described as an adventure for all the family that sees Captain Swashbuckle, the dreaded pirate, and his fearsome first mate Sebastian land in the Kingdom of Enchantasia.

Bad things happen when they sneak into the palace, and there's everything from good wizards to evil witches and kidnapped princesses in this play which runs at the Temple Bar theatre from December 27 until January 4.

Hannah said that she hopes the role with Ofegus Theatre Company will lead to more opportunities.