Saturday 18 August 2018

Johnny Ronan's homage to Catalonia

Johnny Ronan was every inch the proud father at daughter Jodie’s wedding to John Savage last July
Johnny Ronan was every inch the proud father at daughter Jodie’s wedding to John Savage last July
Meghan Markle
Smitten Patrick Bergin and Helen Goldin enjoyed a meal at Rasam
Party: Samantha Barry, Laura Whitmore and Don O'Neill
Priyanka Chopra
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Johnny and the jets? Expect a multitude of Irish-owned private jets landing in Catalonia in less than three weeks time.

This I say because Johnny Ronan's son Johnny junior is getting married to his stunning other half, Suzanne Taylor on May 17 in Girona, Catalonia.

The celebration of Johnny junior and Suzanne's marriage will begin at 4pm at Castell d'Emporda, a plush hotel in the Costa Brava hills.

The dress code is 'smart casual'.

But, then, when has the bearded buccaneer from Carrick-on-Suir Johnny Ronan senior worn anything other than smart casual?

Johnny and his beautiful wife Mary are all about weddings of late, of course.

Last July, Johnny and Mary's characteristically beautiful (well - they are a very good looking family, as, I'm sure, are the bride's) daughter Jodie married her boyfriend John Savage.

The ceremony was at the Kilternan Parish Church on Enniskerry Road.

Guests included Guggi, Robbie Fox, the Simon Carmody Community and the great Dave Kavanagh (since sadly deceased) on a beautifully sunny Irish summer's day.

A similarly sunny day in southern Spain is on the cards for the Irish wedding of the year so far.

This is to say nothing of guests like Johnny Senior's beloved mother Paula (whom I met with Johnny in Cafe en Seine on Dawson Street last November - she is a lovely woman), sister Gill (who used to own, and run, Town Bar & Grill on Kildare Street) plus, I'd imagine, Guggi and the Simon Carmody Community.

(I would recommend a heavy factor sun-screen for this fair-skinned, if illustrious, group.)

In any event, expect an Irish homage to Catalonia on May 17.

Markle misses out on Marker's birthday bash

My late mother, a Dublin beauty in her day, used to often tell me, and with good reason too, because I was a royal pain in the arse growing up in Churchtown: "You treat this place like a hotel."

An American beauty with a certain Royal wedding to go to in Windsor Castle on May 19 missed the celebrations of her favourite Dublin hotel last week.

The Marker on Grand Canal Square noted its fifth birthday when GM Charlie Sheil threw an informal bash on the hotel's world famous (well, Living had its summer party there in 2016) rooftop restaurant and bar. Cutting the birthday cake, chic Chazza said: "We've certainly been busy, over the last five years. We have served 400,000 guests, 730,000 covers and 40,000 cocktails."

Ms Markle stayed at the hotel in 2014 when she was at the One Young World conference. Leo Varadkar launched the hotel in 2012 as Minister for Tourism and was nominated at the VIP Style Awards for Best Dressed Man in 2016.

The hotel hosted the VIP Magazine Peter Marks Style Awards last Friday, with toute le monde from Celia Holman Lee to Kathryn Thomas and Yvonne Connolly providing the glamour in the Dublin Docklands. I'd have gone myself but presumably dashing publisher Michael O'Doherty can't stand to have anyone with more wit - and better hair - than him in a room.

Goldin couple Patrick and Helen spice up love life

I broke the story last summer. So I am delira and excira that Patrick Bergin and Helen Goldin's relationship has gone from strength to strength.

The Mitchelstown beauty - the great-grand-daughter of Lady Catherine Louisa Moore Morgan - and the Irish movie star (Sleeping with The Enemy, and more recently, BBC's EastEnders) have been inseparable.

And, indeed, they seem so loved up that you could scarcely imagine them wanting to be apart from each other at all.

They were at the Donegal People of the Year Awards at the Ballsbridge Hotel the week before last with pals, including aesthetic physician, the other Patrick (Treacy) and musician of some note internationally, Jim Corr.

Speaking of music, Mr Bergin got up on stage at the awards and sang a few songs.

Patrick and Helen's closeness echoes something one of their friends told me last June when the source mentioned their new romance. "Helen has been on her own for almost 10 years since she lost her soulmate Paul," the Deep Throat said in reference to Paul Goldin who passed away in 2008. "She is very social but no one had entered her life until Mr Bergin came along."

They further revealed, "It is romantic. Dating is something teenagers do. But they are definitely smitten with each other."

Patrick and Helen looked smitten when they arrived with another couple last Sunday night in uber-Indian restaurant Rasam in Glasthule and for another delightful evening. Things are clearly spicing up for the Goldin couple.

President Michael D and Sabina go classic French

Priyanka Chopra

If I lived in the Aras, I'd never leave the house. Except to eat. So it proved last Saturday night for President Michael D Higgins and lovely wife Sabina. They dined at L'Ecrivain on Lower Baggot Street. From reports I received from fellow diners, the delightful Prez and his companions enjoyed a fabulous meal cooked by the very hand of chef extraordinaire Derry Clarke. So, is Michael D running for the Aras again? I haven't the foggiest, but he'll doubtless be running back to L'Ecrivain. As will Eoghan McDermott and his stunning girlfriend Aoife Melia - to House on Leeson Street, where they were seen last Thursday having dinner. (Miss World 2000, Priyanka Chopra, pictured above, was there the following night.)

Happy Mondays at the house of Nuclear Wintour

Party: Samantha Barry, Laura Whitmore and Don O'Neill

There was a right Kerry on in New York last Monday night. The Ballyheigue-born, now Manhattan-based, designer Don O'Neill had been invited by American Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Amal Clooney to attend a cocktail reception at Anna's house.

The occasion? To celebrate Don's VBF and our favourite Cork woman Samantha Barry's new position as editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine.

When Don's husband Pascal told him the pale pink invitation had arrived, he nearly fainted with excitement. "OMG! I knew immediately what Cinderella felt like when she found out she was going to the ball!" Don told me.

Other guests at the house of Nuclear Wintour (as Anna's detractors call her - behind her back, natch) included designers like Vera Wang, Diane Von Furstenberg, Michael Kors and his husband Lance, supermodel Ashley Graham and our own Laura Whitmore. Don quickly struck up a conversation with Vera Wang, the icebreaker being they were both wearing Rick Owens. Later, Anna, welcoming everybody, remarked how she loved all the Irish accents in the room - referring to the bewitchingly brilliant Ballincollig big cheese in Manhattan, Ms Barry, the Bray Wanderer Ms Whitmore and Mr O'Neill from Ballyheigue, Co Kerry. Don will of course be here for the exciting fashion event on July 20 at Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Tralee in memory of his late mother, Mim, in aid of Kerry-based cancer support charity, Recovery Haven.

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