Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
With a surname like Power, I was super-keen to sample the whiskey cocktails at the Irish debut of the world's best bar, The Dead Rabbit, during its five-day residency at The Sidecar in Dublin's Westbury Hotel.
Michal Lis and Jillian Vose - bar manager and beverage director, respectively, of the Lower Manhattan bar set up by Belfast boys Sean Muldoon and Jack McGarry - made me an Eye Candy. I was smitten at the first sip of Teeling single-grain whiskey with peach, fig, cinnamon, lemon, chamomile and black cardamom.
The launch party gave me a chance to catch up with local business people from the Creative Quarter and it's exciting times for trainer-to-the-stars Siobhan Byrne (centre left, above), who's expecting her second baby. She was with hubbie Paul Byrne (left) and the hotel's GM, Vincent O'Gorman, and his wife, Sandra. The BodyByrne couple devised the healthy breakfast and brunch menu at Balfes restaurant, beside the entrance to the Westbury.
Annmarie McManus (above, left) looked radiant with Ashling Kilduff at the CRY Pure Style Fashion Event of the Year in association with The Design Centre. This was the ninth year of the lunch, which was in aid of Cardiac Risk in the Young and held at the InterContinental Dublin in Ballsbridge. The fashion event showcased collections from the best of Irish and international designers including Philip Treacy, Helen McAlinden, Caroline Kilkenny and Aoife Harrison.
Kilkenny Shop hosted a breakfast at its Nassau Street store in Dublin on Wednesday to mark the start of its annual Irish Craft & Design Week, starting this Monday. There'll be in-store demos in the Cork, Dublin and Galway shops - and free vouchers when you spend over €75.
Congratulations to Isabelle and Bill Kelly of Kelly's Resort Hotel & Spa in Rosslare, Co Wexford, on being awarded Supreme Winner and Ireland's Family Friendly Hotel at the Gold Medal Awards in association with Hotel & Catering Review. Bill is a fourth-generation hotelier; he trained at the famous Swiss hotel school in Lausanne, where he met his French wife-to-be, then Isabelle Avril, daughter of leading winemaker Paul Avril, of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Pippa O'Connor (above, right) posed for a snap with Naomi Fitzgibbon at the launch of Centra's Cups Against Cancer to support the Irish Cancer Society during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.