Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
In a former life, I used to be a big fan of a glass of Guinness with a drop of red lemonade. The 'Mad Men' advertising bunch who hung out at Smyth's on Haddington Road indulged me, but maybe I wasn't such a philistine after all. At the launch of Kronenbourg Blanc wheat beer last week, they served it with a twist of lemon on the glass and the effect was very, very pleasing indeed.
Hosting the party was (1) Sheena Heaslip (left), brand manager of Kronenbourg Blanc, and she was photographed with her sister, Ciara O'Buachalla. Also in attendance was Sheena's husband, (2) Ireland and Leinster rugby player Jamie Heaslip; the pair have just celebrated their first wedding anniversary. The launch party involved live music from the Paris Swinging Lovers and a DJ set by Ivano Cafolla and Chris Engel. A collection of exclusive prints by renowned French illustrator Quentin Monge was also unveiled at the launch in Haddington House, Dun Laoghaire.
The newly-crowned 2017 Rose of Tralee was quickly back to work with her tiara in place on Sunday for the Kildare homecoming at the Tipperary Crystal Rose race day at the Curragh. Jennifer Byrne was guest of honour at the event and lead judge in the 'Rose of The Curragh' Best Dressed Competition.
She was joined on the judging panel by Karen Scanlan, creative director with Tipperary Crystal - who wore Greta Constantine from Covet in the Powerscourt Centre Designer and is pictured, above, with her husband, Robbie, MD of the crystal company.
The Imelda Marcos in me will be enjoining the shoe fest in Arnotts today, where Pippa O'Connor will be hosting a stylish shoe and fashion workshop with her AW17 'must haves' in the new first-floor Shoe Gallery from 12 noon. I'm most excited about the arrival of the French brand Jonak, which rocks low-heeled moccasins with fringed buckles, and ankle boots with pearl embellishments. Sometimes it just pays to stay close to the ground!
Lisa McGowan is pictured, above left, with Aoibheann Lindsay, co-organiser of 'A Fashionable Evening', which takes place at Galway's Ardilaun Hotel on September 8 in aid of Niamh Wishart. The mum-of-two has progressive MS and hopes to travel to Russia for life-changing treatment. Tickets, €25, from eventbrite.ie
The Farm to Fork dinner at the Avoca Dunboyne store was seriously impressive - it was 'fast food', but in a new and healthy way. The salad leaves were picked an hour earlier in their raised veg beds which we sat beside as we dined in royal style (in the royal county of Meath), after ogling new looks from their AW collections. It was a lovely opportunity to catch up with their marketing manager Maoliosa Connell, above, and also Alan Kelly, their menswear buyer - formerly of Gentleman Please in Glasthule and Blackrock, where he dressed half of Dublin. Alan has a terrific eye and he told me how he discovered the store's quirky new shirt range, Abbie & Rose, while scrolling through Instagram.