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Tuesday 23 April 2019

Theresa May is not Eddie's fantasy woman

Eddie Irvine and close friend Irish composer Patrick Cassidy on his private island in the Bahamas
Eddie Irvine and close friend Irish composer Patrick Cassidy on his private island in the Bahamas
Kathryn Thomas is looking forward to her fabulous Fit Fix event
Fashionista Lorraine Keane with Dublin hotel boss Nicky Logue
Style guru Celia Holman Lee
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

When legendary Nordie Eddie Irvine was driving like a bachelor bat out of hell for Ferrari in the 1990s, Formula 1 was far more exciting than it is now. All these years on Fast Eddie hasn't lost his fast wit, as I discovered as I chatted to him last Thursday night.

From his private island in the Bahamas, he said he was building "two gorgeous houses in Miami, [making] additions to Eddie Irvine Sports [in Bangor], a seawall at Exuma yacht club, finishing my garden in Milan, finishing my garden in Santa Margherita, importing 500 coconut trees to my island, get my multi-engine rating for my plane, plus finishing Bangor Grammar School development... enough?" the multi-millionaire permanent bachelor said, adding that he was "buying supplies for my island, flying my plane, and reading about Brexit".

Is Theresa May your secret fantasy woman? "She makes more U-turns than a lost Uber driver."

And Trump? "I wouldn't want to be in his shoes the next few years. I think that cat ran out of lives."

How many lives - or loves - have you left? "All my loves are still loves," said the demi-god from County Down, who finished runner-up in the 1999 World Drivers' Championship. Who is the love of your life? Does Eddie look at him every morning when he shaves? "I don't shave in the morning."

When was the last time he was on a date? "Date? Go out with a woman for dinner?" Does Eddie Irvine, king of the ladies, not do dates? "I go out with maybe five girls for dinner. One on one is too serious."

Is Irv dating anyone at the moment or would that upset his lifestyle? Is he closed off to love?

"I'm fine as I am."

Have your mum and dad given up on their famous son bringing home a nice girl and giving them a big day out? "Yes." How does that make you feel?

"I'm happy. They have a perfect granddaughter," he said, meaning his beloved Zoe. And Irv The Swerve has the perfect life. "I live in many places and I live many different lives in those places. Five lives in one!"


Going underground proves just the tonic for Kathryn

Kathryn Thomas is looking forward to her fabulous Fit Fix event

Kathryn Thomas is snowed under. Or she was. But this time not with work. The RTE star has just returned from a week skiing in Austria. She and her fiance Padraig McLaughlin stayed at Bad Hofgastein resort with their young baby Ellie and Conor, Padraig's son. 

"We had a blast. I went to a healing gallery where you take a train underground 2km into the pitch dark of the mountain. The temperature is 40 degrees (Celcius) and you lie there and soak up the radon from the rock. It's meant to restore your fountain of youth. I would've needed to stay there an additional week!" laughed Kathryn.

To run off the calorific aftermath of a week on the piste in Austria, Ms Thomas is running her fabulous Fit Fix event in Leopardstown Pavilion in Dublin on April 13. "This is a day where the focus is about renewing confidence. I want people to come along, have the craic, and try something new. We have classes to shake, tone and tighten that booty! You don't have to be a Fit Frieda either, you can come along and take things at your own pace, sit out some classes and browse all our exhibitor stands," she said.

"We're also partnering with Focus Ireland, where people can come along and donate their gently used or hardly worn active gear to the homeless.

"I'm really looking forward to the Pound Fitness class, which is essentially playing the drums as an exercise class. I mean that ticks all my boxes.

"Rock 'n' roll in lycra!"

I'm so there.


Perfect Storm hits Dublin 4 for five-star stay

There was a storm in Dublin last weekend. Actually, it was Storm Keating. She and her pop star husband Ronan stayed in the InterContinental last Saturday night in one of the five-star hotel's better suites.

On Sunday, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan from another boy band, Westlife, moved in and stayed until Wednesday.

Ali Hewson - wife of the lead singer of the biggest boy band of them all, U2 - attended the Chernobyl lunch last Friday at the same suave establishment in Ballsbridge.

Ali was, alas, without Bono.

RTE's Claire Byrne did pitch up with her husband, while Montrose stars Joe Duffy and Dave Fanning came with their wives, June and Ursula. My Dublin 4 Deep Throat tells me that some of the 400 guests at the Chernobyl lunch later hit the hotel's Ice Bar until late with a DJ playing tunes. Before you ask, I can't tell you whether it was hits by Boyzone, Westlife or even U2 that the great and the good were boogie-ing to.

Two nights later, Lorraine Keane and illustrious company, husband Peter among them, were in the same bar at the after-party for Lorraine's Fashion Relief fashion show fundraiser in aid of Oxfam.

One of those boogie-ing at the beano in the InterContinental was the Louis Copeland-clad general manager Nicky Logue - sporting a tan from a recent Spanish holiday.

Ennis boy Nicky headed homeward last Thursday to attend the Shannon College of Hotel Management Graduation Ball in Dromoland Castle.


Rugby stars sample Dylan's culinary delights

Style guru Celia Holman Lee

After their resounding defeat of the French last Sunday, the Irish rugby team more than earned their grub a couple of days later at a fancy establishment not far from the Aviva Stadium.       

On Tuesday night at Dylan McGrath's new Shelbourne Social on Shelbourne Road, Dublin 4, some of our finest players enjoyed some of Dylan's delights at a special table. Rob Kearney, Dave Kilcoyne, Jordi Murphy, Conor Murray, Peter O'Mahony, Garry Ringrose, Andrew Conway and Tom Farrell, to name but a few who dined in Dylan's new emporium that has the chattering classes, well. . . chattering.  And eating.

Further south-west in the tres fancy Adare Manor in County Limerick a few weeks ago, Celia Holman Lee hosted a swish event for the launch of the Tipperary Crystal Handbag & Eyewear Collection.

Those who attended included designer Marion Murphy Cooney, stylist Orla Diffily, fashion broadcaster Judy Gilroy, along with Clare McKenna from Ireland AM and Paula Lenihan, editor-in-chief of RSVP magazine. "Afterwards," Celia told me, "lots of us retired to the Carriage House at Adare Manor to enjoy a few glasses of Champagne."

Only a few? My heart sinks.

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