Thursday 20 June 2019

Sunshine and shower for Nadia's big day in Italy

Nadia Forde and Dominic Day
Nadia Forde and Dominic Day
Daithi and Rita head for Donegal
Stefanie Preissner
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

The future Mrs Day had quite a day in a certain swish St Stephen's Green establishment last Sunday. I speak, of course, of Nadia Forde.

I can reveal exclusively that the Irish model is due to marry her Welsh rugby beau Dominic Day in Puglia - where her late mother Berenice Paolozzi was born - on June 21. But back to last Sunday in Dublin and the bridal shower.

Looking, as ever, molto bella, Nadia arrived in Nine Below at 5pm (having been at The Ivy for lunch since 2pm), wearing an off-the-shoulder baby pink top by designer Caterina Coyne teamed with flared white trousers by Scribe of London. Someone shoot me before I turn into some fash mag hag!

Guests included Pippa O'Connor, Irish models Sarah Morrissey and Sarah Kavanagh and TV presenter Brian Dowling, to name but a few.

The bride-to-be and her gorgeous gang of well-wishers - all of who will be in Puglia on June 21 - enjoyed champagne and cocktails in the new Ketel One Botanical Garden in Nine Below.

And why not?


Guggi's wine cup to overflow in LA


This just in: some bad news for the Irish economy. The heart and soul of nocturnal Dublin, Bono and the Simon Carmody Community - and possibly John Rocha and Gavin Friday - are likely to be jetting to Los Angeles in a few weeks' time.

'Tis a very important evening to support their close pal, a certain artist of international acclaim by the name of Guggi. For his first exhibition in La La Land, he will be showing work from his series My Cup Overflows: Broken (it was unveiled last year in Paddy McKillen's lovely Chateau La Coste in the south of France) at Arcane Space on Sunset Avenue.

My cup overflows? Expect some familiar faces from Dublin at the opening night on June 6 showing Guggi - who was at Sean Scully's show in Venice last week - what it means when a cup of wine overflows perhaps. Doubtless Guggi et al will then be on the lash in LA with some local superstars.

Closer to home, pop stars Take That stayed in the InterContinental in Ballsbridge last week after their concerts in Dublin. There was a little beano with Lulu too. The hotel's general manager, Nicky Logue, is a huge fan.

RTE stars Julian Benson and Eoghan McDermott had lunch in the hotel together last Wednesday, while Amy Huberman was in for coffee last week. Can I go and lie down in a darkened room now after all this talk of La La Land?


Daithi and Rita hit Donegal with son

Daithi and Rita head for Donegal

Where do Kerry deities go on their hols? Apart from other parts of The Kingdom that is. Daithi O Se, wife Rita and young son Micheal Og are heading to Donegal in two weeks, Harvey's Point in Lough Eske and the Foyle Hotel in Moville, before Rita and their child jet out to New Jersey; Daithi will follow them over.

Daithi will be presenting Today tomorrow from Dingle. (Today tomorrow? They do things differently in Kerry, don't they!)

Daithi will have former Kerry captain Dara O Cinneide on the show on Kerry (and will be talking, he tells me, about Dingle's connection with Marie Antoinette) while Maura will be in the studio in Cork with Derek Mooney for the last show of the season.

Further south, various footie stars like Glenn Hoddle, Clive Allen and Graeme Souness pitched up (pitched up? Get it?) at the Blue Haven hotel in Kinsale for three nights last week.

It was for the Legends Tournament at the Old Head Golf Club.

They had a dinner in the Blue Haven on Thursday night and in the Man Friday on Wednesday night.


Stefanie gets help to say no in Coppers

Stefanie Preissner

Quite a diverse bunch: Amy Huberman, Sile Seoige, Evelyn O’Rourke and Allison Keating were all in Coppers last Tuesday. They were not on the lash. Far from it. It was the launch of Stefanie Preissner’s new book Can I Say No?, The author’s mother and nana were also at the reception, as was radio deity Ian Dempsey, (“the soundtrack to my coming of age,” said Stefanie of Ian), who launched the book. After Ian finished his ceremonial duties, Stefanie told me: “I’m thrilled with how the book is being received. I have teenagers and their parents contacting me on Instagram, telling me their own stories of how difficult they find saying no.

“I had a freelance designer get on to me last night telling me they haven’t taken a holiday in five years because they are afraid that they will get offered a job while they are away and if they have to say no, the person will find someone else and they’ll be replaced.”

To quote the late First Lady of the United States Nancy Reagan — just say no.

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