Thursday 19 September 2019

Rosie and Wes plan to Christmas in Wicklow

Rosanna Davison is joined for dinner by 'Imaran' the horse from Cromwellstown Stables in Kilteel
Rosanna Davison is joined for dinner by 'Imaran' the horse from Cromwellstown Stables in Kilteel
Michael Mulcahy and Vera Whelan
The question remains: will Colin be dressing for dinner?
Pippa and Brian joined the little lambs who love the Ivy
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Should the International Monetary Fund be alerted now, and look to get the recovery started early, as Mauritius appears likely to plunge into a recession?

This I say because none other than Rosanna Davison has just told me that she and husband Wesley Quirke are not making their annual Christmas trip to Mauritius. She is instead planning - shock horror! - "a quiet and relaxing Christmas at the family home in Wicklow".

"It will be lots of food, fun and silly jokes," Rosanna said, adding that she has "no plans to go away anywhere in January. We may do a family trip sometime in the spring but my course doesn't finish until January 15", Rosanna said in reference to the master of science in personalised nutrition that she's studying for at Middlesex Uni, "and one of my brothers [Michael] will be in Canada with his Canadian girlfriend, so we weren't able to commit to it this year".

Tell that to the Mauritians who will be weeping openly at the news that the Irish beauty is not coming for Christmas.

Rosanna joined the throngs weeping with joy recently when she attended the Aviva for a certain game. "It was great to see Ireland finally beating the All Blacks on home soil."

Speaking of soil, this time in Naas, Chris de Burgh's daughter will be the guest judge for the Best Dressed Lady competition at Naas Racecourse at its January 6 winter meeting.

"That's something I'm really looking forward to," she told me. "The photoshoot we did to launch it was great fun and my co-star Imaran was an absolute pleasure to work with." Wesley needn't be worried. Imaran is a horse. In the meantime, Rosanna will ring in the New Year with a party at her other half's new venture, the Carlton Casino Club in Dublin. As I've said before, the former Miss World does not have what you'd call a poker face.


Mick and Vera jet off to Paris for Christmas

Michael Mulcahy and Vera Whelan

They'll always have Paris. At least Michael Mulcahy and his muse Vera Whelan will.

They go to the French capital like most of us go to town for the shopping.

Michael, Ireland's answer to Salvador Dali, and Vera are jetting to the French capital for Christmas. They will be taking in the sights of the City of Lights - but the trip is ostensibly for Michael to spend time with his daughter Fiona.

Vera and Michael are excited about the trip. Equally exciting is the fact that Michael has entered the 21st Century perhaps, possibly because Vera has decided to modernise him. You can now view his paintings on Instagram under @vera_whelan.

His studio is in Balkycurrame, Clashmore, Co Waterford. How do I know this? Because Mick was spotted recently up on the roof of said studio - trying to fix it. From the City of Lights to the studio roof that lets the light in, anyone?

You couldn't make Mick Mulcahy up, could you?


Big Brother is cooking for homecoming Colin

The question remains: will Colin be dressing for dinner?

Big Brother is not watching you, but cooking for you. Or at least, he is for Colin Farrell...

The aforementioned big bro, and Irish dance guru Eamon will be cooking Christmas dinner for Colin and the rest of the family when they fly in from Los Angeles in three weeks' time.

Those in hungry attendance at Eamon's swish Yuletide repast at his and husband Steven Mannion's Sandymount home will include, among others, proud mammy Rita Farrell and her husband Joel B Michaels (she married the film producer - the man behind Basic Instinct 2 and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines - in the summer of 2013 in Colin's house in LA), plus Eamon's sisters Claudine (with her film director boyfriend Mark Steven Johnson) and Catherine (with husband Kevin) and their kids.

This is to say nothing of Colin himself.

"I'm cooking," Eamon explained. "It is the first year in 10 that all the family are home for dinner in our house. We were supposed to be in LA last year but Ste was sick."

The aforementioned Steven, an artist of some note, is, says Eamon, "embarking on a career as a motivational speaker".

Eamon was equally proud, relating that "my wonderful, marvellous, powerhouse step-dad has just had his new movie, After The Wedding, announced as the opening night premiere at this year's Sundance Film Festival! No one deserves it more. It is a stunningly beautiful piece of art".

As doubtless will be Eamon's culinary offering on Christmas Day in Sandymount.

"It will be a full traditional dinner," Eamon revealed. "Turkey, ham and salmon for the pescatarians!"

"I'll be doing all the cooking. Ste won't be cooking. Ste will be doing the entertaining."

Will there be an intermission?


Kathryn brings seasonal cheer to House as Brippa lights up 37 after eating the Ivy

Pippa and Brian joined the little lambs who love the Ivy

With all the gift-buying and copious eating of rich food, aren't we forgetting the true meaning of Christmas? So I'd like to wish Santa a happy birthday.

The spirit of Christmas was in the air last weekend in Dublin. On Friday, Kathryn Thomas looked very Christmassy indeed in a black dress paired with a striking pink coat when she rocked into House. She had dinner and drinks with friends in the posh emporium on Leeson Street.

The RTE star stayed until late in House, as did Pippa O'Connor and her husband Brian Ormond on Saturday night in 37 on Dawson Street. Brippa danced until late. They were possibly attempting to dance off the calories after dining across the road in The Ivy. Ah, all I want for Christmas is a fashionable table for two at The Ivy.

Fashion deity Don O'Neill - just back from visiting his mother-in-law in Guadeloupe with his husband Pascal over Thanksgiving - tells me he is leaving his New York base to return to Kerry for the festive season.

"I'm spending Christmas with my dad and brother Patrick at O'Neill's B&B overlooking Ballyheigue Bay - and I can't wait!

"I'm looking forward to long fresh walks on the beach and coming back home and putting our feet by a cosy fire, with cups of hot tea and mince pies.

"Pascal will be flying to the French Antilles in the Caribbean, to Guadeloupe, where he will spend every day with his mom and brother in the warm turquoise waters snorkelling or napping on the white sandy beaches. We will meet back in New York on January 1."

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