Radiant Roisin makes Mark on Templederry
It can't but have been one of the most stylish weddings of the year thus far - given the bride and her credentials. Head of Communications for L'Oreal Ireland, Roisin Tierney- Crowe got married in her home village of Templederry in Co Tipperary yesterday. It is a long way to Tipperary but home is where the heart is for bride Roisin, who married beau Mark McCarthy at 1pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. And Roisin was the absolute personification of immaculate, wasn't she?
This, your diarist can say without fear of contradiction, because the bride wore a creation by Irish-Turkish designer Umit Kutluk at the ceremony in the church, before changing into another work of art in another county... this one created by Israeli fashion designer Pnina Tornai. The latter was worn for Roisin and Mark's first dance at Adare Manor in nearby Co Limerick, where the wedding was celebrated with no little vigour and despatch last night.
"The dress is from her Love 2019 Collection," Roisin told me, adding, breathlessly, "and then I'll do a final switch into a Berta-inspired gown for dancing".
"Don't judge me!"
As if I would?
"The boys," she continued, "are all wearing made-to-measure Louis Copeland designs. Hair is by Zeba's artistic director Stephen Kelly; and make-up by Michelle Regazolli-Stone."
Just so you know.
As for Mark, who Roisin has been romantically involved with for six years, the beautiful bride told me: "We've been engaged for almost 18 months. So this day felt a lifetime away; now that it's here I'm obviously delighted to be marrying the love of my life, my best friend, my biggest admirer, and someone who encourages me every step of the way."
Roisin went on to say that she "couldn't wait to be surrounded by my family and friends and I have no doubt we'll have a truly memorable weekend."
Once the characteristically chic celebrations in Adare Manor wind down - assuming they do, that is - the happy couple are jetting off on a mini-moon to Marrakesh.
Post Roisin and Mark's Moroccan adventures, their proper honeymoon will be in November, "starting in Hong Kong".
And knowing Roisin, it could end anywhere from Paris to Milan to... insert your own fashion capital here.
Shane and Johnny hit right notes for charity
A RAINY night on the Côte d'Azur? Possibly. Shane MacGowan and his wife Victoria visited their pal Johnny Depp in March at his mansion on the French Riviera.
Indeed Victoria, in her capacity as MC at the recent fundraising lunch for the Hope Foundation at the InterContinental, auctioned Johnny's guitar for charity. It fetched €5,000 while Shane's guitar raised €5,900. "We made a profit of €47,400. Everyone at Hope was pleased," Victoria told me.
Shane didn't come.
"I didn't invite him in case he heckled me. I was very nervous about being the MC. It was my first time doing a charity auction." Further south in Marbella, at Dubliner Marc Quinlan's new restaurant, The Harbour at Real Club Marítimo de Marbella, Dolph Lundgren was in for dinner last weekend (Kourtney Kardashian's ex Scott Disick was in last month). The cast of The Only Way Is Essex was also in Marc's new emporium recently. Lest we forget, Marc formerly owned Becketts, which played host to the Irish beau monde in Marbs during the boom boom.
Mariah brings Cote d'Azur to Dublin 4
For mere mortals, wearing a tracksuit in a ultra-plush five-star hotel would be a big no-no. Mariah Carey, however, is no mere mortal.
The enormously glamorous goddess, who has sold over 200 million records worldwide - from Always Be My Baby to We Belong Together to Hero to A No No from her album Caution - arrived in the InterContinental Hotel last Saturday evening.
She brought an air of the Cote d'Azur to Dublin 4, having just flown in from Cannes on a private jet with her eight-year-old twins Roc and Roe, and boyfriend Bryan Tanaka. Staying in one of the hotel's finest suites for four nights, the superstar and her entourage had dinner in the Reading room off the lobby dining area last Sunday evening.
She was extremely friendly and decidedly un-diva-ish to other guests. Mariah left the hotel at 5pm in a stunning red-and-black dress in a limo, to play her sold-out show at the 3 Arena.
Sadly for her many Irish fans, she flew out of Dublin last Wednesday night on a plane bound for (where else?) Cannes.
Hold your horses... Leo's in town
His critics might think An Taoiseach is not at the races. Being one of his fans, I can categorically refute this ridiculous claim. An T will be at the Curragh in Kildare this afternoon.
Leo, who will be attending with his other half, Matthew Barrett - they were at the Spice Girls concert at Croke Park on Friday night - will be officially opening the new grandstand of the historic racecourse.
Leo and Matt apart, thousands are expected to descend on the new racecourse to witness its glorious multi-million makeover after a two-year project.
An T will watch the featured race - the Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas - in the company of his Highness the Aga Khan, her Highness (well, she was crowned winner of Dancing with the Stars 2019) Mairead Ronan and her husband, Louis, to say nothing of legends of the field, Lester Piggott and trainer Aidan O'Brien.
The great and the good - and your diarist - will enjoy a very fine day out in Kildare with gates opening at 11am and the first race at 1.50pm.
And before I forget (and how could I?), the next big race meeting is Ireland's answer to Royal Ascot, The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby. It takes place on June 29.
So, get your duck... or horses in a row and book your tickets quick on www.curragh.ie.
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