Monday 22 July 2019

From Dublin to London - how Irish celebrities rang in the New Year

Pippa O'Connor and husband Brian Ormond. Image: Instagram
Pippa O'Connor and husband Brian Ormond. Image: Instagram
Laura Whitmore, Niall Horan and friend ringing in the new year.

Sean O'Grady

It was a late night for Ireland’s rich and famous as they cut loose on the dancefloor and celebrated the beginning of 2017 in style.

Several well-known names hit the town to mark the end of another year with Pippa O’Connor and Brian Ormond leading the way with their pals Nadia Forde and Brian Dowling.

The foursome headed out early and checked into the Shelbourne Hotel where they kicked back and relaxed with some Champagne in their rooms before having dinner at restaurant Luna on Drury Street.

It’s been a busy festive period for Brian and Nadia who have been starring together in a panto production of Aladdin at the Tivoli Theatre.

The former Big Brother star and the model were working hard earlier that day for their final performance of the year but got ready in time to head out with their famous pals.

They chose celebrity hotspot House as their destination to ring in the new year.

Sharing a photo of herself and husband Brian outside the Shelbourne, Pippa looked back on what was a busy year for the Kildare woman.

“Celebrated the last day of an incredible year with my hubby and friends. I don’t know if I’ll be able to top 2016 but I will give it my best shot again.

“To anyone thinking of trying something new, my advice is simple, just make a start,” she said.

Also out in Dublin for the night was model and TV presenter Vogue Williams.

While she spends most of her time in London these days, the Howth woman returned from spending Christmas in Spain with her family.

The 31-year-old attended RTE One’s New Year’s Eve party at Iveagh House.

The event was hosted by broadcaster Claire Byrne and was also attended by RTE radio presenter Louise McSharry, comedian Deirdre O’Kane, presenter Aidan Power and The X Factor judge Louis Walsh.

It looks like Vogue’s 2017 resolution is to cut back on drinking after cutting loose over the last few weeks.

“December is too boozy. Albeit fun but too boozy all the same. No more booze,” she said.

There were also Irish stars celebrating abroad.

Laura Whitmore, Niall Horan and friend ringing in the new year.
Laura Whitmore, Niall Horan and friend ringing in the new year.

Laura Whitmore and Niall Horan attended a fun-filled bash in London.

Laura, who recently finished a stint on Strictly Come Dancing, uploaded several photographs of the night to her Instagram account as she rang in 2017 with the One Direction star and their friends.

Niall spent the Yuletide period in Mullingar where he reunited with his pal Bressie on Christmas Eve.


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