Wednesday 25 April 2018

Robbie and Claudine go Wilde after Grand Slam

Claudine celebrates with birthday boy Robbie at 37
Claudine celebrates with birthday boy Robbie at 37
Alan Quinlan
My four legged friend: Twink with VBF Teddy
Perfect match... Helen Cody and Rory Murphy who were married in Dublin last week. Photo: Doreen Kilfeather
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

'The question, 'Who ought to be boss?' is like asking, 'Who ought to be the tenor in the quartet?'" quipped Henry Ford once upon a time, before answering the question:"Obviously, the man who can sing tenor."

I don't know whether Robbie Keane can sing tenor - he can certainly sing ballads, as he sang a few at his birthday bash in House a few years ago - but he scored a ferocious amount of goals during his career, and was clearly a brilliant footballer. So Robbie managing ATK in the Indian Super League was a no-brainer (and as obvious as getting a tenor to be the tenor in a quartet, no?) The former Republic of Ireland striker flew in from India last weekend.

On Sunday, he and wife Claudine and her family went Wilde. I mean, rather, that they had dinner in The Westbury's Wilde Restaurant. Afterwards, Robbie, Claudine et al made the short distance to 37 on Dawson Street where they went upstairs in the exclusive establishment to join the Irish rugby team in celebrating their historic Grand Slam win at Twickenham the previous evening. Robbie and Claudine Keane being in House is hardly historic as they are regulars.

Rachel's ready to cook up a storm for charity lunch

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Alan Quinlan
 

Cork people already think their city - and indeed themselves - to be the centre of the known universe. So they won't be surprised that all roads lead to Cork on April 20 for the Mustard Seed Ireland's Charity Luncheon at Rachel's on Washington Street.

The proprietress, Ms Rachel Allen, will, of course, be cooking up a storm for the guests who will include some sporting greats (Tomas O'Leary and Alan Quinlan (above), both former Ireland rugby internationals; Kevin Kilbane, former Ireland soccer international and Damian Cahalane, Cork senior hurler, among many others) and a comedy great, Barry Murphy of Apres Match fame.

Teddy steals show at Harvey Norman VIP soiree

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My four legged friend: Twink with VBF Teddy
 

He was the true star of the celeb-packed Sunday Independent's Living magazine Christmas party at the InterContinental hotel last year.

No - not Leo Varadkar. An Taoiseach was there, as was Joe Duffy, Marty Whelan, Liam Cunningham and Camille O'Sullivan among others. But I'm talking about Twink's four-legged VBF Teddy who was also the star of the launch of Harvey Norman's Interiors Spring Summer 2018 collection last Wednesday night in its flagship store in Tallaght.

In a night of true style, courtesy of guests in attendance like Roz Lipsett, Sarah McGovern, Irma Mali and January Winters - to say nothing of former Xpose host, Aisling O'Loughlin - the chic canine was the fashion highlight of the evening, well turned-out up in a grey knitted outfit. Teddy's pal Twink was proud as punch that her daughter Naomi is working on Cake Boss, one of America's biggest TV shows. (As well as an exclusive first look at Harvey Norman's new collection, the guests got some tasty treats and Australian wines.)

Equally proud was Natasha Rocca Devine, daughter of footballing deity John Devine and bona fide goddess Michelle Rocca. Interiors goddess Natasha pitched up straight from an interiors project in Grand Canal Dock that she is working on with property guru Owen Reilly. Natasha, who graduated last year from the KLC School of Design and Architecture in London's Chelsea Harbour with a masters in interiors, spent Paddy's weekend in Kilkenny with her VBF Aisling Burke, who runs the successful "Teeth Whitening Fairies" clinic.

Gnashers whitening? Did anyone tell Teddy?

Helen has designs for perfect life with Rory

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Perfect match... Helen Cody and Rory Murphy who were married in Dublin last week. Photo: Doreen Kilfeather
 

Her namesake, Helen of Troy, married King Menelaus of Sparta and was reputed to have been the most beautiful woman in the world...

One of the fairest women in Ireland, Helen Cody - Helen of Portobello - married her beau, architect Rory Murphy, last Tuesday in a low-key affair. The internationally acclaimed fashion designer told me: "It was the most magical day spent with our closest friends and family - from the celestial voices of Anuna, to the stunning Appassionata blooms, in what we think is the most beautiful venue, Dublin's City Hall. We walked through the streets afterwards to La Maison for an intimate dinner to celebrate a very special day.

"It couldn't have been more perfect," added newly-wed Helen, whose illustrious client list includes Ali Hewson, Amy Huberman, Sinead Cusack and Stephanie Roche (Helen's creation for Ms Roche at the Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Zurich in 2015 made headlines all around the world.)

"I wore a Suzie Monaghan cashmere cardigan and my embroidered silk organza skirt," said the bride.

Helen also designed in New York, styled Mary McAleese for the 1997 presidential election, won The Irish Designer Of The Future award on The Late Late Show in 2000 as well as winning, among many other accolades, The Irish Designer of the Year at the Kerry Fashion Week Irish Fashion Industry Awards in 2015. Rory proudly attended the latter bash in March of that year at the Europa Hotel in Killarney.

"Rory is very handsome. He looks like George Clooney," Helen told me in an interview in 2015. "Rory is my best friend. We have proper, considered conversations about design and the whole process. And everybody who's met him loves him."

Ditto Helen of Portobello.

Leo, Rob et al back in Black on Harcourt Street

I get all Garbo when I receive a dinner invitation or to have food, however delish, at an event. When songwriter Howard Dietz once asked Greta Garbo to dinner the following Monday, Garbo replied; “How do I know I’ll be hungry on Monday?”

So it was when I was invited to the 5th birthday party of Black Door Piano Bar at No. 58 Harcourt Street last Friday. I wasn’t hungry. So I didn’t go, despite Black Door being a regular haunt of the likes of The Coronas, Shay Given, Dave and Rob Kearney, Vogue Williams, and even, I’m told, our beloved An T Leo Varadkar. Rugby star Robbie Henshaw, designer Brendan Courtney, model Gail Kaneswaran, fashion maven Sonia Reynolds,  uber-stylist Sonja Mohlich, and star of Damo and Ivor: The Movie, Andy Quirke were expected. The latter’s sister-in-law Rosanna Davison was spotted in her favourite Indian restaurant in Dublin last Wednesday. I speak, of course, of Rasam in Glasthule. And of course Rosanna was dining a deux with her husband, Wesley Quirke. Do they ever stay in? If they are not in Nisheeth Tak’s Rasam, they are in Mauritius or further away. I wouldn’t be surprised if they were secretly penning a screenplay. Rosie and Wes: The Movie.

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