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PR guru Sharon Bannerton and her mystery new beau were spotted doing a bit of fine dining at Shelbourne Social. Photo: Tony Gavin

PR guru Sharon Bannerton and her mystery new beau were spotted doing a bit of fine dining at Shelbourne Social. Photo: Tony Gavin

Jay Bourke and his wife Sara. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Jay Bourke and his wife Sara. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Rory O'Neill and super pooch Penny. Photo: Kip Carroll

Rory O'Neill and super pooch Penny. Photo: Kip Carroll

Kathryn Thomas

Kathryn Thomas

Norma Smurfit, one of lucky Irish who dined at Becketts

Norma Smurfit, one of lucky Irish who dined at Becketts

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PR guru Sharon Bannerton and her mystery new beau were spotted doing a bit of fine dining at Shelbourne Social. Photo: Tony Gavin

Peter Casey's former PR, the beautiful Sharon Bannerton, won't be moving in with - or even next door to - her new boyfriend for the time being. This is because, as she told your trusty diarist, "sure, I only met him... and sure, he doesn't even live in Ireland". Sharon and her new man - they have been dating since last November - were spotted enjoying a cosy dinner a deux last Friday in Dylan McGrath's Shelbourne Social on Shelbourne Road.

Asked to describe the new love in her life, stunning Shazza told me that he is "very, very, very dashing. I can't believe my luck. It is early days, but I thought you'd want some good news! He is a nice guy, successful, but extremely shy of the limelight".

Are Sharon and her mystery new man in love? "Ah, here!" she spluttered."Will you stop! If I'm still with him at Taste of Dublin" - Sharon's sister Avril runs the three-day hipster foodie festival in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens every summer - "this year I will formally introduce you," the bedazzling blonde laughed.

More formally, Sharon and her successful PR company, are moving to Dame Street, no less.

"We need new offices due to the expansion of business."

Would you want Sharon Bannerton PR moving in next door to you? Joke!

Gay Byrne didn't have far to go for lunch last Thursday: from his home in Sandymount to the InterContinental Hotel, with the hotel's eternally dapper general manager Nicky Logue doubtlessly showing them to their table.

The occasion was a repast with his Meaning Of Life producer Roger Childs.

Later that day, this nation's treasure popped out to RTE for a gathering with Larry Gogan on the latter's last day in 2FM.

A certain Mike Murphy picked Gaybo up and went with him. In case you're wondering, Kathleen Watkins busied herself by going to the National Concert Hall for the final of Veronica Dunne's singing competition.

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Jay opens latest venture on South William Street

Colourful - and I'm not just talking about his ginger hair - entrepreneur Jay Bourke opened his latest venture, Bart's, at 7 South William Street, last Thursday night.

The event attracted quite a crowd, from Jay himself, his novelist wife Sarah Harte, actress/singer Maria Doyle Kennedy (with musician husband Kieran), Oscar-winning actor Benjamin Cleary, to chef Kevin Thornton, to art devotee Sarah Owens and charismatic businessman John McKeon.

On the subject of the aforementioned colour, John McKeon did once, many, many moons ago, famously give the keys of his Ferrari 355 to a hotel porter who promptly crashed it into a lamp post on St Stephen's Green. Those were the days.

I can't vouch as to whether John, who arrived with the ever lovely Sarah Owens, travelled to Bart's by Ferrari. But I can confirm that the food was definitely delish, not least because it was overseen by Matt Fuller, who trained at Michelin restaurants Peacock Alley, Guilbaud's and L'Ecrivain.

I'll be back for the nosh as, I'm sure, will half of hipster Dublin.

 

Rory getting serious with his 'shy' South American

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Rory O'Neill and super pooch Penny. Photo: Kip Carroll

Rory O'Neill and super pooch Penny. Photo: Kip Carroll

Rory O'Neill and super pooch Penny. Photo: Kip Carroll

 

It only seemed like yesterday (August 2018, in fact) that The Queen of Ireland himself Rory O'Neill was telling me, "I have never been a 'serious relationship' person. That could change tomorrow."

Those words, it transpired, proved prophetic. "My on-again, off-again fella has become more permanently on," Rory told me last Thursday, "and moved in a few weeks ago. But he's the shy type and doesn't like attention, so don't bother asking for a name or anything!"

Is he South American?

"Ha! Yes!"

Yet more good news for Rory, whose alter ego is Panti, is that on February 15 he will be opening the swish doors to Penny Lane - a sister venue to the legendary Pantibar which opened in 2007 on Capel Street - on Great Strand Street. The new emporium is something of a nod to Rory's Jack Russell super pooch Penny, who lives with Rory and new live-in lover from South America, of course.

"I'm super excited to be opening Penny Lane, mostly just because of how beautiful it is!" Rory said. "And also because my business partner in the new venture is Shane Harte who has been the manager and soul of Pantibar since it opened 12 years ago, and it's also he who has done all the work to turn the neglected and ignored building across from Pantibar into the beautiful venue that opens in just two weeks after a lot of hard work."

Let's hope Mr South America never has cause to say that about his new boyfriend - that he is hard work.

 

Let's do lunch, says Helen at her home in Blackrock

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Someone shoot me before I turn into some fash mag hag whose best lines are in their faces. Joke!

It was Thursday, so why not lunch at Helen McAlinden's fab period home in Blackrock sur mer - to celebrate a collaboration between three icons of Irish industry: Foxford, Finline Furniture and, of course, Helen herself?

Guests included Lorraine Keane (full of talk of her upcoming Fashion Relief in aid of Oxfam), RTE's Kathryn Thomas (pictured above) and angels guru/fashionista Tahnee Morgan.

Where would you get it?

 

Sad goodbye bash in Marbs for Becketts restaurant

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Norma Smurfit, one of lucky Irish who dined at Becketts

Norma Smurfit, one of lucky Irish who dined at Becketts

Norma Smurfit, one of lucky Irish who dined at Becketts

 

Once upon a time, during the time of a certain tiger, the wealthy Irish went to Marbella and were fed by vivacious Dubliner Marc Quinlan in his famous restaurant Becketts in Calle Camilo Jose Cela. Last night, Becketts had a goodbye party as his restaurant closed.

"I would sincerely like to thank our loyal customers for all their support over the past fifteen years," Marc told me, referring to the likes of Michael and Norma Smurfit, Kathleen and Albert Reynolds, Bertie Ahern, Annette and Patrick Rocca, Liam Neeson, Alan Sugar, Westlife, Twink, Keith Barry, Charlie McCreevy and many others who dined in Becketts over the years.

In the summer of 2008, Marc hosted the Marbella Ball at Finca De Conception in Istan attended by many of Becketts's regulars. "I'll never forget the restaurant or the memories - many great and some sad. We are moving our team and concept to our sister restaurant, The Harbour Bar & Restaurant in Marbella's port," said Marc, who started off working in Bono's Clarence Hotel. "It has the best views in Marbella - overlooking the beach and the marina."

Closer to home, but with wonderful sea views of its own, Rasam in Glasthule had broadcaster extraordinary Pat Kenny in last Sunday evening to celebrate his birthday with Cathy and the gang.

There was a birthday cake with sparklers and Champagne. The Newstalk superstar is something of a creature of habit, as he celebrates his birthday every year in the divine Rasam.


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