Bairbre Power... Out and about
Flying visits home are nothing new to fashion designer, Don O'Neill and his florist husband, Pascal Guillermie. They were back in the Kingdom to host the second gala ball in aid of Recovery Haven, in memory of Don's late mum, Mim who passed away from cancer.
I was delighted to co-judge the Best Dressed Lady prize with RTÉ fashion stylist Orla Diffily pictured (l-r) with her daughter, Zoe O'Connor and Orla's husband, photographer Barry Murphy.
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The lucky lady was destined to win a Don O'Neill 'Theia' gown of her choice. Now that's keeping good company as the Ballyheigue man has dressed everyone from Oprah to Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and is doing a bespoke wedding dress for Gráinne Seoige's forthcoming nuptials.
Our winner was Majella Quinlan Duignan, pictured with (l-r) Pascal and Don, chic in their white DJs. Majella's dress was striking - Italianate and sophisticated. Later she shared her remarkable story of losing seven stone in weight and setting up Nutrifit For Women, a health and fitness business in Tralee.
It was a splendid evening with lots of guests including Adi Roche and Senator Frances Black. Music came from the O'Neill sisters - Fiona, Evangeline and Naomi - who hail from Causeway and raffle prizes included paintings by Pauline Bewick and her daughter, Poppy Melia.
I hopped on a plane home next day and the best thing about going through Farranfore airport is the warmth of the welcome and professionalism of Noel Ryan who is an absolute treasure in Ireland's tourism industry. He really should be giving masterclasses on what constitutes good customer service.
Congrats to the Morgan Hotel's general manager, Michael Skehan, who celebrated the first year in business of the new-look hotel with a fun party featuring cool cocktails, great music plus a doughnut wall!
Give that man the prize for Best Hat, I say! The dapper (3) Ray Byrne, owner of the Wineport Lodge in Glasson presented the Best Dressed Lady prize at Kilbeggan to Maria Coughlan from Malahide. If she looks familiar, Maria was the 2017 Dublin Rose. For the races on Friday, she wore a Marc Cain dress and a Ashleigh Myles headpiece.