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Laura Whitmore leads the celebs rocking out at the Picnic


Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore

Laura Whitmore

Irish celebs swapped the Dublin nightlife hotspots for the green fields of Stradbally this weekend to rock out at this year’s Electric Picnic.

Droves of famous faces donned their wellies and descended on the picnic, with the undisputed queen of festivals Laura Whitmore leading the way.

The Laois three-day event is the Bray native’s ninth festival already this year, and she assured the Diary Electric Picnic would be her last. “I feel like there’s been a lot of festivals this year,” Laura said.

The chatty blonde partied along with her presenter pal Eoghan McDermott as he enjoyed some down time from covering the event for RTE Two with his Assets model girlfriend Jo Archbold.

Eoghan and Jo weren’t the only loved-up celebrity duo down in Stradbally – Roz Purcell and Bressie, Madeline Mulqueen and Jack Reynor, and Rosanna Davison and Wes Quirke were all spotted among the festival revellers.

Many Irish models also left their stilettos at home to muck it out, with Vogue Williams, Michele McGrath, Holly Carpenter, Aisling Quinn and Teodora Sutra all in attendance.

Some screen stars were also spotted down in Laois including Love/Hate’s Susan Loughnane and Made in Chelsea’s Louise Thompson.


Dara parties  in Lillie’s with Tubs

While many of the country’s stars chose festival fun this weekend, the celebrities who stayed in the capital opted for a night out in Lillie’s Bordello.

Comic Dara O Briain took time off from mocking the week as he partied into the early hours at the infamous Grafton Street haunt on Friday night with Late Late Show anchor Ryan Tubridy.

The comedian – who is back home to perform a sell-out stint in Vicar Street – and Tubs enjoyed a few drinks while listening to the soothing sounds of the Late Late house band’s pianist Paddy Cullivan.


Irish play wins big in Edinburgh

Irish stage production A Girl is a Half-formed Thing was among the big winners at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The play, written by Eimear McBride, stars Moone Boy actress Aoife Duffin, who claimed the stage acting award for her lead role. The show also brought home the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2015 and The Scotsman Fringe First Award.