Thursday 18 July 2019

Liz and John on song together in Glasthule

Totally loved up... Liz and beau John
Totally loved up... Liz and beau John
Rob Kearney and Jess Reddan
Style queen... Lorraine Keane
Rocking the RDS... Pink
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

I first revealed the lovely story of their relationship almost eight years ago in this very column. So your diarist is exceedingly glad to see the incomparable Liz O'Donnell and her beau, high-flying legal eagle John White, are still going strong. Take last weekend. There was a big family soiree of 13 or so people in Rasam, Glasthule for John's birthday.

The former deputy leader of the Progressive Democrats (don't worry, I don't remember who they were either) was the embodiment of beautiful luminosity in an ivory and light-black dress.

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Indeed, Liz's luminosity was matched at approximately 11pm last Saturday night when a birthday cake, with its assortment of brightly burning candles, was taken out to the table in the restaurant (where John and Liz are regulars, along with Miriam O'Callaghan and Steve Carson, Pat Kenny and Kathy et al). But I digress, as the previous occupant of this column Terry Keane used to say.

Once the aforesaid cake arrived, Liz and the rest of the party faithful sang happy birthday, a rendition so full of joy, unconfined diners on the nearby tables in Rasam joined in the vocalising of celebrations to top lawyer John, too. Democratic Liz will hopefully have her own birthday bash when she has her big day on July 1.

To echo what I wrote all those years ago of the one-time minister of state at the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1997 - who retired from politics in 2007 - Liz has the gravitas of being once one of Ireland's most respected and popular politicians.

And you can't say that about many politicians these days, can you? In any event, as the beano in Rasam proved, John and Liz are the much-loved - and clearly madly in love - couple. A happily progressive couple even.

On the same night as Liz and John were celebrating with family and friends in Glasthule, Fair City actress Jenny Dixon had her bridal shower in House on Leeson Street with family and friends too (they enjoyed Prosecco and cocktails until late).

Jenny looked radiant in a frilled white mini-dress from Angel's Boutique in Dublin.


Rob 'n Jess make a splash in Mallorca

Who can blame Rob Kearney and Jess Redden for leaving Ireland? Albeit briefly. The summer has been so appalling thus far that it was hardly surprising that rugby's golden - as in gold being the colour of their tans - couple, Rob 'n Jess took a doubtless much-needed trip to Mallorca two weeks ago.

They were spotted on a boat in Port de Soller; with Jess looking as perhaps only Jess can in a gorg green bikini. The rugby star and Jess also stopped off at the five-star Belmond La Residencia Hotel, the most stylish on the island, my Deep Throat in Mallorca tells me.

Once back home in chilly old Dublin, Rob 'n Jess went to Malahide Castle to see Mumford & Sons with Rob's brother Dave and a group of friends. Doubtless terrified she would lose her tan, Jess and some pals then headed to Portugal. Meanwhile, American rapper Coolio and new pals, Irish hip hop duo Versatile, put on a surprise show in Xico last Monday night. Arriving at midnight, they enjoyed Grey Goose whiskey.


It's a given that Jane will be at races

Style queen... Lorraine Keane

Nag. Nag. Nag. That's how it felt this week as the chic Irish went nuts for the nags, granted in posh Ascot. Chief among them was Mairead Ronan, the dancing queen (if I need to tell you why, you obviously don't care, so I won't bother to tell you she was crowned winner of Dancing With The Stars 2019!) with husband Louis. Mairead looked beautiful in a blue dress by Umit Kutluk and hat by Sinead B Millinery.

Other Irish fillies (sorry!) at Ascot included Yvonne Connolly (and her partner John), a glowing Cecelia Ahern (with husband David), as well as Laura Whitmore (who I met in the Merrion hotel last Sunday). Mairead will continue her love of all things equine at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby next Saturday at the ultra-smart new Curragh Racecourse (opened by An T last month, keep up!) Style judge Lorraine Keane will be at the races along with Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins, Celia Holman Lee, Annette Rocca and Jane Given. It's a given that Jane will be at the races.

Fashionable race-goers have a chance to win a five-star trip to Dubai. This year men can enter the best-dressed competition. I hope they don't frighten the horses. Be that as it may, I might even polish my shoes and get my best Louis Copeland suit out of mothballs to increase my chances of winning the prize of the summer. And if I don't win, I'll have a good nag at the organisers for daylight robbery at the Curragh.


Tickled pink in the presidential suite

Rocking the RDS... Pink

It was all go last weekend. Then, isn't it always? Still, you couldn't move without bumping into a famous person here or there in the capital city.

At the Taste of Dublin in the Iveagh Gardens, your diarist briefly met RTE's Ryan Tubridy out with some pals. It would be difficult to ascertain by the brief encounter whether Tubs was out for a late late night but either way he deserves it.

Last Monday night I noticed two somewhat more famous faces in the bar of the InterContinental in Ballsbridge - Jon Bon Jovi and Pink chatting briefly. Jon's band Bon Jovi arrived at the five-star hotel on Thursday for shows last Saturday and Sunday at the RDS.

Jon ate in Dylan McGrath's Shelbourne Social in Shelbourne Road on Thursday night, followed by drinks back in the residents' bar of the hotel. He was in Fire in Dawson Street on Friday night.

Pink arrived last Sunday (for her RDS show on Tuesday night) and stayed in the InterContinental's presidential suite for three nights.

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