Tuesday 23 January 2018

Jim Corr to bring new love to charity night in Galway

The Corrs singing sensation Jim has found love. Photo: Mark Condren
The Corrs singing sensation Jim has found love. Photo: Mark Condren
Brendan O'Carroll
Michael Mulcahy and Vera Whelan
IFTA winner Amy Huberman. Photo: Michael Chester
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

The talk on corners is that Jim Corr - one quarter of that all-singing family sensation from Dundalk, The Corrs - has found love. Indeed a source very close to the enigmatic musician will be forgiven, but perhaps not forgotten, for telling your diarist that Jim is in the first bloom of a romance with the mystery new lady in his life.

"Jim is a really good friend and I'm fiercely protective of my friends, but I don't think he will mind me saying that there is a special someone in Galway. It is early days and he doesn't want to jinx it," said the lovely Ellie O'Grady.

The reason that top barrister Ellie was telling me this piece of priceless information is that she and fellow legal eagle Ruth Byrne are running a well-worth-attending charity night in the Galway Bay Hotel on May 5 and the aforesaid Mr Corr will be attending with his lady love.

The swish soiree for Pieta House for Suicide Prevention and Rosedale School for special needs children is called The Galway Twirl and will feature a Strictly Come Dancing-type event with various politicians, solicitors and stars like Teresa Mannion shaking a leg for charity.

The judges will include Jim Corr, Miriam O'Callaghan, Tracy Piggott and some members of the judiciary - all of whom will be entertained beforehand at a private dinner at hip restaurant Kirwan's (owned by Ellie's husband Mick) in Galway city.

Mr O'Carroll and his characters sell out McColgan

Brendan O'Carroll

Mrs Brown's boys, among others, will be pleased. An Evening with Brendan O'Carroll, in support of Trocaire at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre tomorrow is sold out.

The show's organiser, Riverdance founder John McColgan, told me: "Brendan O'Carroll (pictured) is a comic genius. He has won so many awards. He has taken old-fashioned vaudeville comedy and reinvented it for today's audience and in doing has created an original television and theatrical phenomenon. Go Brendan!"

The other Brendan - O'Connor - is going, as are fellow RTE superstars Joe Duffy, Marian Finucane, Ryan Tubridy, as well as Today FM's Ian Dempsey and that other comic genius Al Porter.

Michael and Vera love Paris in the spring time

Michael Mulcahy and Vera Whelan

Michael Mulcahy and Vera Whelan

They'll always have Paris. Well - almost, because world famous Irish artist Michael Mulcahy recently sold his apartment over there.

Hence when he and his girlfriend of six years, the beautiful artistic type Vera Whelan, went over to Paris three weeks ago for a month-long romantic sojourn (is there any other kind in the City of Light?) they were reduced to staying in a mere hotel.

"Spring in Paris was beautiful - and, no, before you ask, we didn't get engaged there!" Vera chirped.

As well as romance, Michael also fitted in a bit of work during his time in the French capital.

The formerly controversial artist known as Mad Mick (Vera's influence has been to calm down his inner madman without quietening his genius on canvas) produced some lithographs at the world famous Imprimerie Clot Bramsen et Georges on Rue Vieille du Temple. It's world famous because this is the studio where a fellow by the name of Picasso got his prints done too.

Michael and Vera travelled back on the ferry with a parrot (best not to ask). Sans parrot (who was being carefully looked after), they finished their French adventure with a night at the Cliff House Hotel - exquisitely run by their pal Adriaan Bartels - overlooking Ardmore Bay in County Waterford, before returning to their home in Dungarvan.

So, whatever, about Paris, they'll definitely always have Dungarvan.

Yvonne and Vivienne having fun in the sun

Here's a tale of two Connollys - neither of whom are stationary in any sense of the word.

Yvonne, first...

The ex-wife of Ronan Keating threw a bash at her home in Malahide two weeks ago to mark the 18th birthday of her son Jack.

The former model-turned-TV-presenter is jetting off to Los Angeles soon with her long-term boyfriend John Conroy for a holiday.

"I'm busy cooking and presenting [on The Six O'Clock Show on TV3] and doing my food column [in RSVP magazine - she and her brood are on the cover of the new edition]," Yvonne told me.

And now to the other Connolly... the ex-wife of Dunnes heir Mark, Vivienne Connolly that is.

The former model-turned-renaissance-woman from Carlow has just returned from a family break in sunny Portugal. She stayed in The Pestana Golf Resort on the Algarve.

Closer to home, another ex-model, Jill Wright - whose brother Michael is married to Vivienne's sister Elaine - is heading to sunny-ish Wexford for Easter with her family. Let's hope they get the weather.

Someone who always looks healthy and tanned like she has just come back from somewhere exotic is Claudine Keane - possibly because the beautiful Dubliner has called Los Angeles home for so many years. She and her other half Robbie popped into 37 on Dawson Street last Saturday night for drinks in the cosy Whiskey Bar until quite late.

On the previous night last weekend, RTE star Kathryn Thomas was in House on Leeson Street. She was in Friday night with her fiance Padraig.

Also in House the same night was another RTE luminary, Ryan Tubridy. The Late Late Show host was joined by his brother and friends and stayed in the heated garden until - uh - late.

Stars of stage and screen shine bright at Lillie's

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IFTA winner Amy Huberman. Photo: Michael Chester

Never before have so many gargantuan if fragile egos been gathered together under one roof.

And, for once, I'm not speaking of the Sunday Independent offices on Talbot Street.

But rather across the Liffey at the after-show party for the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards at Lillie's Bordello nightclub on Grafton Street last weekend.

Everyone from IFTA winners Amy Huberman, Jason O'Mara, Charleigh Bailey, Emmet Kirwan, Patrick Gibson, Ned Dennehy, director Darren Thornton and the incomparable le Mattress Mick pitched up in the famous emporium late on Saturday night.

Other well-known faces included James Nesbitt, Peter Coonan, Ruth Bradley and Terry McMahon. This was to say nothing of Seana Kerslake, Pat Kinevane, Susan Lynch, Clara Harte, Charlene McKenna. Denise McCormack, ex of RTE's Dancing with the Stars, was also in attendance in Lillie's, as was Elaine Crowley, Jenny Dixon and Stephen Kelly (who had come from Breast Cancer Ireland's Battle of the Stars earlier in the night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge).

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