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Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country

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Enda Corneille pictured with Rachel Sherry. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Enda Corneille pictured with Rachel Sherry. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Megan Virgo and Lorna Claire Weightman pictured at the Emirates 'Taste of Asia' dinner. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Megan Virgo and Lorna Claire Weightman pictured at the Emirates 'Taste of Asia' dinner. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Bridget Hourican and Damien Bastiat. Photo: Owen Breslin

Bridget Hourican and Damien Bastiat. Photo: Owen Breslin

Peter and Dorothy McCann. Photo: Owen Breslin

Peter and Dorothy McCann. Photo: Owen Breslin

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Enda Corneille pictured with Rachel Sherry. Photo: Brian McEvoy

A dinner at Nightmarket in Dublin's Ranelagh is to be thoroughly recommended. Talk about great Thai food, it's all down to Jutarat Suwankeeree, who is known affectionately as 'R'. and while she cooks, her partner, Conor Sexton, runs the restaurant with great Limerick charm. The airline Emirates took over the restaurant this week for a 'Taste of Asia' to celebrate eight years of operation in Ireland.

It was hosted by Enda Corneille, country manager for Emirates in Ireland, pictured here with Rachel Sherry, owner of Sherry Communications. The evening coincided with the announcement of Emirates' new Penang route in Malaysia.

Guests included broadcaster Lorna Claire Weightman, pictured below with Megan Virgo.

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Megan Virgo and Lorna Claire Weightman pictured at the Emirates 'Taste of Asia' dinner. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Megan Virgo and Lorna Claire Weightman pictured at the Emirates 'Taste of Asia' dinner. Photo: Brian McEvoy

Megan Virgo and Lorna Claire Weightman pictured at the Emirates 'Taste of Asia' dinner. Photo: Brian McEvoy
 

You hear of five-star hotels' fabulousness but I had the unique opportunity to enjoy 10-star hotel luxury when the Ballyfin Demesne crew took up residence at the Merrion Hotel this week for five nights. Talk about a marriage of two great houses!

Chef Sam Moody from Ballyfin in Co Laois joined the Merrion's executive chef, Ed Cooney, to create a stunning menu, served over five nights.

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Peter and Dorothy McCann. Photo: Owen Breslin

Peter and Dorothy McCann. Photo: Owen Breslin

Peter and Dorothy McCann. Photo: Owen Breslin
 

Peter McCann, General Manager of the Merrion, and his wife, Dorothy, welcomed guests to dinner in the Garden Room restaurant.

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Bridget Hourican and Damien Bastiat. Photo: Owen Breslin

Bridget Hourican and Damien Bastiat. Photo: Owen Breslin

Bridget Hourican and Damien Bastiat. Photo: Owen Breslin
 

Historian Bridget Hourican, who is photographed below, with Damien Bastiat, Ballyfin General Manager, delivered a talk before dinner on the subject of love letters. She is working on a biography of the romantic poet James Clarence Mangan, and said she believes the hipster generation, with their appreciation for all things ink and paper, will return to the art of writing love letters.

 

Specialist menus are all the rage, from pillow menus in hotels to gin ones in bars. Next week sees a new protein-shake menu launched at Balfes restaurant at Dublin’s Westbury Hotel from Paul and Siobhan Byrne of BodyByrne. And there’s talk of a secret ingredient to ensure glowing skin!

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Congrats to Noel Cunningham, TV personality, hotelier, author and charity advocate, who has been named 'Donegal Person of The Year', following in the footsteps of Shay Given, Moya Doherty and Daniel O'Donnell...

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