Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
Former model agent Elaine Doody (left, main photo), sister to ex-Bond actress Alison Doody, was one of the guests at the Cask summer party and is pictured here with Mary Bergin of Green Hospitality.
We are all familiar with the 'farm to fork' concept, but Cask - which sits on MacCurtain Street in the Victorian Quarter of Cork - serves 'farm-to-glass' cocktails designed by manager Andy Ferreira, below. The Kinsale-born mixologist certainly had a busy time between the summer party and winning the Irish final of the World Class Bartender of the Year 2017 competition and he will now represent Ireland in the global finals in Mexico in the autumn.
Andy doesn't believe that all bar ingredients should be ordered over the phone and delivered to your door: his philosophy involves nature. "Get your hands dirty; feel the pain of a thorn or a nettle. Evolution has taught us to hunt and gather. Don't dismiss it." Andy's drinks menu at Cask uses foraged ingredients like wild gorse flowers, fresh dillisk, rosemary flowers, young spruce shoots and - for extra sting in the tail - there's even new-season nettles.
Gráinne Ross, MD of the Dylan Hotel in Ballsbridge, above, hosted a lovely party to celebrating a 'Decade of the Dylan' at the chic boutique hotel, formerly the Nurses' Home for the Royal City of Dublin Hospital on Baggot Street. It was one of the first hotels in Ireland to welcome dogs as guests - perhaps something to do with the fact that Gráinne has a gorgeous rescue Yorkie called Heidi!
David Murray of Balfes restaurant and Siobhan Byrne of BodyByrne posed, above, with gusto for the launch of their new healthy-eating menu. Bernie Sanders, it seems, is a fan, having recently enjoyed Balfes' food on his first visit to Ireland. @bairbrepower
Congratulations to (3) Dubliner Derek O'Neill (above,left), who was presented with the Philanthropy Award at the Arts for India Golden Gala Awards in London by businessman Satish Modi (above, right). Derek has been responsible for taking 35,000 kids off the streets of India and is on the international board of the children's charity Variety. A very proud Tallaght man, he is also a member of Variety Ireland. Vanessa Redgrave was honoured during the evening with the Lifetime Achievement Award, recognising her outstanding contribution to the film industry. Previous Arts for India awardees include Richard Attenborough, the Dalai Lama, Goldie Hawn and Joan Collins - so Derek is in extremely good company.
The summer season of chef swaps has kicked off at Aniar in Galway and Syrco Bakker - a rising star of Dutch cuisine and chef at Michelin-starred Pure C - will be joining Aniar chef-patron JP McMahon next Friday and Saturday, creating five- eight- and 10-course meals.