Saturday 26 May 2018

The glamourati turn out for Karena's baby shower

Karena Graham was showered with gifts for her baby due soon
Karena Graham was showered with gifts for her baby due soon
Chloë Grace Moretz
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

They're starting earlier in House at the weekends - but last Saturday with good reason. Karena Graham - once one of the country's top models, turned businesswoman of some note - had her baby shower at the hipster haunt on Leeson Street last Saturday afternoon.

The glamourati there to help Karena celebrate her good news - a baby due in four weeks with her beau, top sports agent Damien O'Donohoe - included Michele McGrath, Sarah Kavanagh, Andrea Roche, Louise Kavanagh, Leah O'Reilly, and Miriam O'Callaghan's daughter Alannah McGurk. (The girls arrived at 1pm to a selection of mocktails and enjoyed afternoon tea until the late afternoon in the VIP conservatory).

Speaking of the daughters of famous people, Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke's daughter Maya was in Rasam restaurant in Glasthule three times last week with a gang of gal-pals. Maya Thurman-Hawke was presumably hoping to bump into Rasam regulars Christy Moore and Chris de Burgh. Still on the subject of (vaguely) famous people, actress Alison Doody's top make-up artist daughter Alannah was spotted in the Skybar in Los Angeles last weekend.

Chloe graces Krystle on VIP tour with Rangan

Chloë Grace Moretz

Your diarist had a long lunch with Krystle nightclub's incomparable co-proprietor Eileen Wright in July. Including Kevin Kelly and wife Rose, this lively luncheon started at 2pm in La Cave on South Anne Street, went on to Derry Desmond's bar Zozimus in Anne's Lane at 7pm (at which point the Kellys went home), before finishing with dinner in Krystle at 10pm.

Krystle is clearly the place to be. So it proved last weekend when the club's other owner, the equally incomparable Rangan Arulchelvan hosted movie star Chloe Grace Moretz (pictured) to a VIP tour. A recent ex of Brooklyn Beckham, Chloe is in town to star in Neil Jordan's new  movie The Widow with  Isabelle Huppert.

You've got to take your hat off to Niall MacMonagle

Einstein once said that it is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression.

Niall MacMonagle, the Sunday Independent's esteemed art guru and one-time teacher, certainly did that with his most famous pupil - the one and only Graham Norton...

Norton credited Niall with imbuing the aforesaid legendary Corkman, and one of the BBC's biggest talents, with his love of writing.

Now Niall is becoming something of a legend himself. No - the BBC aren't giving him his own show.

Last week, he made a show of himself (in a good way in a funny hat and gown) in UCD when he was honoured with the degree of doctorate of literature, honoris causa by UCD in recognition of his outstanding work as an educator, broadcaster and cultural commentator.

Lest we forget, Niall, who taught for 30 years in Wesley College, developed the Lifelines Project: Letters From Famous People About Their Favourite Poems in the mid 1980s (a project which raised significant funds for charity).

He's also edited school poetry textbooks annually since 2002 and published many poetry anthologies, including the acclaimed Windharp dedicated to poems commemorating 1916.

And, of course, Niall writes the much loved What Lies Beneath art column in Living every Sunday in the Sindo.

Aisling never been better since split, ok?

Breaking up is the new not getting back together. This wisdom comes courtesy of Aisling O'Loughlin. TV3's Xpose star, turned website luminary, who was overheard telling someone at the swish Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge last Thursday that she and her ex Nick MacInnes are better since they broke up and that splitting up has been the making of them. "We are both happier and he sees the kids daily," Aisling said in reference to Louis, Patrick and Joseph.

The fabulous William Doyle of Newbridge Silverware hosted a stunning supper (antipasti, supreme of chicken, assiette of desserts) at the new Carleton Cafe. The guest of honour was interior designer-to-the-stars-and-presidents, (Joan Crawford, US President Carter to name one of each), Carleton Varney, the man who designed the cafe with its jungle print chairs and blue- and-white tented ceiling.

That's blue - as in Newbridge blue. And the illustrious guests in attendance followed the theme carefully: Aisling O'Loughlin in a blue and cream Fee-Gee dress, Aoibhin Garrihy in a blue coat and Anne Doyle, whose actual nails were Newbridge Blue. Someone stop me before I go blue in the face typing this up! Meanwhile, Ireland's Biggest Coffee Morning for Hospice together with Bewley's took place last ThursdayW. Hollywood star Brendan Gleeson and son Rory were at St Francis Hospice, along with Bewley's owner Paddy Campbell and his wife Veronica, Clelia Murphy of Fair City and RTE's former queen of the headline, Anne Doyle. Elsewhere, Lorraine Keane and Marian Finucane enjoyed a Bewley's coffee at Our Lady's Hospice & Care Services Blackrock, and our own Dr Ciara Kelly was at Harold's Cross, while broadcaster Marty Morrissey was in Blanchardstown.

I need a coffee. An Irish coffee. And a lie down in a dark room. Preferably not a blue one.

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