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Krystle and Lillie’s Bordello were packed due to the Meteors and the IFTAs

Our celebrity haunts were naturally jam-packed over the weekend, given the Meteors and the IFTAs were taking place on consecutive nights.

You couldn't move for familiar faces in clubs such as Krystle and Lillie's Bordello, as home-grown and international celebrities jetted in for the showbiz events.

Friday night saw many of the Meteor Music Award attendees heading into town to continue the fun.

Getting the party going in Lillie's was Kathryn Thomas, who was in pressing the flesh with a blonde pal. She told the Diary she had a "brilliant night" at the RDS.

Also spotted was TG4 presenter Daithi O Se alongside hunky actor Michael Fassbender, crooner Jack L, TV3 beauty Elaine Crowley and Virginia Macari.

The busty babe had set pulses racing earlier in the night with her near-snog with Leigh Arnold while presenting an award at the music event.

Other revellers included Laura Whitmore, who was seen dancing away with a gang of pals.

Saturday night saw Spice Girls star Geri Halliwell heading into the celeb haunt with her blue blood boyfriend Henry Beckwith, with the pair enjoying the hospitality of the VIP area.

  • Paula Rowan is previewing her new leather collection at the Westbury Mall boutique on Thursday night.

Giving the glove specialist a hand to garner some publicity from the bash will be some of her high-profile clients. Richard Lewis, Darren Kennedy, Emily O'Donnell, Anna Daly, Zoe Clarke and Eddie Shanahan are all on the list to attend.

  • veteran broadcaster Gerry Ryan is renowned for his love of fine food and vintage tipples.

And now he has given celeb chef Conrad Gallagher a considerable mouthful of praise after offering his approval for his new venture, Salon des Saveurs.

He gave the place a glowing review after sampling Gallagher's restaurant for the first time and revealed he was blown away by the Donegal man's cuisine.

"I had one of the best meals I have ever had in this restaurant on Aungier Street. It was absolutely incredible. It has absolutely amazing food and quite well-priced, so it was an unusual experience," he said.

"As we know, he's maybe one of the most controversial chefs to come out of this island," he added.

However, he accepted that not everyone shares his view when it comes to the flamboyant personality, who came back home with his wife Candice and their two children after being declared bankrupt in South Africa.

"I remember when he first started cooking with Peacock Alley. He was a young fella in his early 20s and he was Michelin-starred at that stage.

"But he's back now, it's such a controversial name, he annoys some people and some people stand by him and some people think he should be in jail -- others think he's an absolute genius.

"All I know is that the grub we had was absolutely astonishing."