Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
What a gala night in Ballsbridge as Moya Doherty was presented with the 2017 RDS Gold Medal for Enterprise.
Moya was praised as an extraordinary business woman whose influence and impact has transformed the creative economy in Ireland. Up to 220 guests enjoyed the evening at which a special video was screened chronicling the career of the girl from Pettigo in Co Donegal. Career successes include being co-creator of Riverdance, founding director of Today FM radio station and former chairwoman of the Dublin International Theatre festival.
Surprise of the night was the flashmob where dancers dressed as waiters took to the stage to reprise some classic Riverdance moments. The enthusiastic attendance included Moya's husband, John McColgan, Dee Forbes, Director General of RTÉ, pictured with Moya who looked fab in a shawl-necked pale gold silk jacket and great statement spectacles.
Other guests at the RDS included Morah Ryan and Caroline Downey, as well as Eleanor McEvoy and Garry Hynes.
Since its inception in 1992, the RDS Medal had only ever been awarded to men, so it was an extra sweet achievement for the dynamic mum of two.
Chupi’s grey diamonds have been the jewellery hit of 2017 and her gold velvet maxi from LA brand Reformation was the big hit of the party season
It really was a busy week for the Tyrone Productions team - after Moya's gala night at the RDS, John McColgan and Moya hosted Tyrone's 30th birthday celebrations at the Smock Alley Theatre. There were 140 guests including Gay Byrne and his wife, Kathleen Watkins, old friends of the couple both professionally and from Howth. Gay was in great spirits, and took to the stage for a trip down memory lane. The company produced 52 episodes of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? with Gay. I remember the launch night of that show, and sitting behind me was Brendan Courtney, who went on to host the dating show, Wanderlust.
At the party Brendan (above, left) was pictured with Orla Eighan and Joe O'Shea. Guests included John Creedon, Mary Kennedy and mighty music from the Swing Cats.