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Cill Rialaig lunch showed no sign of a recession

THERE was no sign of a recession in Patrick Guilbaud's for the annual Cill Rialaig lunch, the yearly fundraiser for the Kerry-based artist project spearheaded by gallery owner Noelle Campbell Sharpe.

Among those who forked out for the €500-a-head lunch was Residence's owner Olivia Gaynor Long, who was with her restaurant manager Marie Chawke. Also there were Krystle bosses Rangan Arulchelvan and Eileen Wright.

Celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin was there with a group of pals alongside musician Christy Moore's brother Andrew.

  • THE bad weather has really thrown a spanner into the works when it comes to our socialising this month.

But one event still scheduled to go ahead tonight is the opening of the first Skechers store on Henry Street with special guest Peter Andre.

He has told organisers he can't wait to come over and meet his Irish fans.

Attendees will warm up with complimentary mulled wine and roasted chestnuts.

  • THE Diary thought we could have had a new couple on the scene after party boy Garrett Gunnigle was spotted in the company of bubbly socialite Avila Lipsett.

The pair turned up together to Keith Duffy's masquerade ball where they joined hundreds of designer-clad revellers for a night of fun.

But the pair were quick to dispel any rumours of a romance and have both insisted they're "just good pals". Avila, who recently featured on RTE bakery show Rachel Allen's Dinner Parties, also revealed how she's back home in Dublin for good after spending three years DJ-ing at some of the top celebrity haunts in London.

  • BEAUTY junkies will be out in force tomorrow night for a very lavish event.

Lancome's MD Trevor Tye will be hosting an invitation-only launch party at the Cliff Town House on St Stephen's Green where he'll be unveiling the 2011 Lancome Ultra Spring collection.

Meanwhile, out in the upmarket suburb of Rathmines, revellers will be heading to the opening of new bar Copan. Situated on Lower Rathmines Road, attendees will be getting the first look at the finished cafe bar, which comes complete with its own garden terrace.

  • SOME of our best-known personalities have donated jewellery for a good cause, namely Jewels for Cures.

Originally launched by RTE star Miriam O'Callaghan, whose sister died of cancer at the age of 32, all proceeds will go towards the Cancer Clinical Research Trust at St Vincent's Hospital. Herald columnist Rosanna Davison has donated a silver and amber pendant and earrings, Boyzone star Ronan Keating has given a bracelet with Chinese dragons while Keith Duffy's wife Lisa has given a designer crucifix necklace and earrings. All will go under the hammer at an auction this evening in the Westbury Hotel.