Wednesday 18 September 2019

Alicia et al at 'Oscar' night in 9 Below...

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender
Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender
Daithi and Rita
Ali Hewson
Mary Kennedy

It was like Oscar night in a certain hip, sexily subterranean establishment otherwise known as 9 Below. But, then, isn't it always like that in 9 Below?

Alicia Vikander, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting actress in 2016 for her performance in The Danish Girl, pitched up at 10.30pm last Saturday with an illustrious gang of actors. Alas, her husband, a fella by the name of Fassbender, Michael, was not among them.

The terrific troop of thesps did, however, include... cue applause... Domhnall Gleeson (there to doubtless catch up with his co-star Alicia from their time together on 2014's sci-fi classic Ex Machina); Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel (who was nominated at the Oscars in 2017 for Best Supporting Actor for Lion) who was also in Dublin to film The Green Knight with Alicia; Star Wars actor Joel Edgerton (also filming The Green Knight in Dublin with Alicia) with his girlfriend Christine Centenera, fashion editor for Vogue Australia.

Chic Christine has, of course, in her time styled some of Hollywood's A-listers like Cate Blanchett, Elle Fanning, Gisele, Kim Kardashian, Lara Stone et al.

Some of our own A-listers were also in 9 Below last Saturday night...

Sitting down? I'll name a few of them for you. Cue another breathless round of applause! Your favourite Irish actor and mine, the incomparable Liam Cunningham, back down from Belfast after attending the premiere screening of Game of Thrones Season 8, was there last Saturday night.

Also there that unforgettable night was, naturally, the lovely Laurence Kinlan, who starts filming for the new series of Marcella this week. They all sat together - plus ca change - in a private room.

They also drank 9 Below speciality cocktails. Alicia sipped on a Dry Dirty Belvedere Martini shaken straight up.

For any further details, you can write to me on a postcard at the Sindo. If I don't answer immediately, please forgive me. It is because I am auditioning - unsuccessfully - for a cameo part in The Green Knight.


Hero Daithi egged on by childhood memories

Daithi and Rita

LAST Wednesday, while Bono and his good lady Ali Hewson were sitting in the Dail for a speech by Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States, Nancy Pelosi, to commemorate the Centenary of the First Meeting of Dail Eireann, that other national hero Daithi O Se was at Fota Zoo in Cork with his good lady Rita - and their young son Micheal Og - listening to the animals.

Ali Hewson

They chilled around Cork for a few days before returning home to Galway yesterday ahead of their big day. "Easter Sunday is always a family dinner for us," Daithi told me, adding that they "always go to Mass on Easter Sunday. That's important for us." Asked why Mass at Easter was important to him and his family, The Today Show on RTE1 star, told your diarist: "It's important because we need to understand what it's all about and not about sweets and getting things." Daithi did tell me earlier that as a kid his first egg was "an After Eight egg. I only got one and it lasted the summer! We didn't get sweets all the time, like nowadays."


Camille and Aidan duet for homeless

I'm about to rename Camille O'Sullivan and Aidan Gillen the Air Miles Couple of the Year. They were in New York the week before last - and in London last week and at the Adelaide Festival (all for Camille's sold-out shows) in Australia three weeks before that; I won't even mention a trip to Los Angeles (where Peaky Blinders star Aidan was honoured by The US-Ireland Alliance).

Aidan and half-French/half-Cork Camille were on a well-deserved holiday in La Clusaz high in the Alps of south-eastern France last week. They flew home yesterday in advance of Camille's headlining spot at the Sunday Independent's annual Rock Against Homelessness show in aid of Focus Ireland this Tuesday at the Olympia.

At the show, Aidan will join Camille for a duet of In Dreams, the Roy Orbison classic that they recorded specially for Focus Ireland.

It is on sale from tomorrow in Tower Records, Golden Discs and all great record stores nationwide, and on iTunes.

But back to Rock Against Homelessness. The last few tickets are on sale now for the charity show, with everyone from Finbar Furey to Deirdre O'Kane to Liam Cunningham to Tommy Fleming performing. Laura Whitmore is MC. The MTV superstar from Bray - who was great on the Late Late Show two nights ago - may even have a surprise up her sleeve. As could Victoria Mary Clarke, accompanying hubby Shane MacGowan.


Mary is Ireland's most glam gran

Mary Kennedy

This news will soon be nationwide. RTE mainstay - and presenter of Nationwide - Mary Kennedy has become a grandmother. A very glamorous gran, albeit. Even, officially, Ireland's most glam gran. "It is the first grandchild on both sides," she told me. "Eva is my eldest and she was the first grandchild for her grandparents. Patrick Sonny Boland is her and [husband] Benny's first child." Before you ask the weight, hold your horses. I can tell you also that he weighed in at - 8lb 3oz - as well as that Patrick was born in Limerick Maternity hospital last Monday week at five minutes past 11pm. "A beautiful, healthy little boy. We are all besotted." Eva and the new arrival are travelling up from their home in Murroe, 30 minutes from Limerick city, to stay with Mary for Easter. "It is his first visit to Dublin," Mary said. "My son Tom and his fiancee Shona are coming for lunch with Shona's mum Jill and her sister Tara." The latter is travelling from California - and it didn't take her nine months to get here, unlike young saint Patrick.

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