Tuesday 11 December 2018

Irish stars hit the pink carpet for Xposé Benefit Awards as Caitlyn Jenner is honoured with 'Beauty Hero' gong

Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sean O'Grady

Sean O'Grady

A host of Irish stars descended on Dublin's Mansion House for the inaugural Xpose Benefit Awards.

Celebrating the best in Irish entertainment, fashion and beauty, the pink carpet was rolled out for a variety of awards including Best Male and Female Star of the Big Screen, Best Irish Designer and Best High Street Range.

Rozanna Purcell at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Rozanna Purcell at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Among those walking the red carpet was Hollywood 'man of the moment' Barry Keoghan.

The Dublin actor (25) has come a long way since he found fame as cat killer Wayne on Love/Hate and has been hailed as one of the entertainment industry's fastest rising stars.

Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Shona Guerin and Barry Keoghan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Rozanna Purcell at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Don O'Neill, Thalia Heffernan and Pascal Guillermie at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lisa Cannon at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sybil Mulcahy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Courtney Smith at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Michelle Regazzoli Stone at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
James Patrice at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Assets Model Lena at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Tony McGregor, Taylor McGregor and Erin McGregor at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Darren Kennedy at the Xpose Benefit Awards 2018 at The Mansion House
Sarah Morrissey at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Love Island's Montana Brown at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sisters Ailbhe Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ailbhe Garrihy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Paul Costelloe at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Niall Breslin (Bressie) at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Hilda Fay at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Ashley Kehoe and Claudine Kehoe at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Celia Holman Lee at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Jodie Wood at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Holly Carpenter at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Calum Best at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin, celebrating the best in fashion and entertainment in Ireland. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Lisa Nolan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Thalia Heffernan at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Keilidh Cashell at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Debbie O'Donnell at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Barry who divides his time between his hometown and Los Angeles, arrived arm in arm with his girlfriend Shona Guerin.

After starring in acclaimed films like The Killing of A Sacred Deer and Dunkirk, Keoghan told how he reckons the Irish charm could have something to do with his success abroad.

Sisters Ailbhe Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sisters Ailbhe Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

"It's great, for a small nation. The impact you make over there is huge. It's the Irish charm isn't it?" he said.

The film star said he "loves" living in LA but also admitted that he "might move back" in the future.

Denise Van Outen at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Denise Van Outen at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Speaking about his contemporaries, Keoghan said he is a big fan of actress Saoirse Ronan and has high hopes for her this year at the Academy Awards where she is nominated for Best Actress.

"I would love to work with her. I saw Ladybird. I hope (she gets the Oscar), she's great," he told independent.ie.

Love Island's Montana Brown at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Love Island's Montana Brown at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Also in attendance at the awards was American reality star Caitlyn Jenner.

The Olympic athlete (68), formerly known as Bruce Jenner, was a special guest for the evening and was honoured with the 'Beauty Hero' award.

Sybil Mulcahy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Sybil Mulcahy at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Other winners on the night included Ireland's Got Talent host Lucy Kennedy for Best Female TV Star and Keoghan for Best Male Star of the Big Screen.

Also among the attendees were models Rosie Connolly, Sarah Morrissey and Holly Carpenter.

Courtney Smith at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy
Courtney Smith at the inaugural Xposé Benefit Awards in The Mansion House, Dublin. Picture: Brian McEvoy

Red Rock star Denise McCormack and Ireland AM's Ciara Doherty were late arrivals while former Dancing With The Stars host Thalia Heffernan presented for Xpose on the red carpet.

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