Sunday 25 August 2019

Wedding belles over Europe

Kate and Dominic in Monaghan. Photo: Instagram
Kate and Dominic in Monaghan. Photo: Instagram
Ashley and James in Mykonos
Anthony Murphy and John Minihan at The Oriel Gallery
Mary Aiken
Anne Doyle
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

There was something in the heir last weekend in Greece. Indeed there were wedding belles ringing out across Europe. But I digress...

Beautiful young Irish heiress Ashley Doyle - daughter of David Doyle, second son of the legendary hotelier PV - got engaged to Leinster rugby star James Tracy in Mykonos. The young doyenne of Instagram and her dashing betrothed enjoyed a champagne dinner on the island to celebrate. Characteristically, Ashley looked beautiful in a floral Zimmermann dress.

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There was also something in the heir in Monaghan last weekend when Kate Appleby of the Appleby Jewellery dynasty put a ring on it at Castle Leslie estate - to retired Leinster rugby player Dominic Ryan. She wore a floor-length off the shoulder ivory dress and looked the perfect bride.

Kate, the marketing manager for Appleby Jewellers, looked especially stunning for her guests. These included Rob Kearney and girlfriend Jess Redden, Ian Madigan and girlfriend Anna Kirwan, Devon and Mary Toner, Jack McGrath and Jordi Murphy.

Meanwhile, in the west of Ireland, London-based Irish dynamic duo architect Bryan O'Sullivan and former singer/commercial director/friend of Kylie's - he was at her 50th last summer - tied the knot in Ballynahinch Castle. Entertainment was provided by Jake Shears of the Scissor Sisters; Charlotte Church serenaded the crowd wearing gold hot pants on stage. And why not? Groom James wore Gianni Versace. He also sang. And why not? Sure isn't it his big day? And if a man can't sing at his own wedding then when can he?

Guests lucky enough to hear James's warbling included Danielle Hayes, Angela Scanlon,Moya Doherty and John McColgan (just back from a walking holiday in Austria), Vogue and Spencer Matthews.

Slightly less glitzy, but no less wonderful, was Rory O'Neill aka Panti marrying his partner Anderson (he sounds like a particularly hipster ad agency from the 1970s, doesn't he?) last Wednesday in Dublin with family and friends, which included everyone from Brian Kennedy to Kathleen Lynch and Brendan Courtney.

When your diarist asked Rory how he felt, he replied simply and doubtless truthfully: "I am very happy."


Dunbar at art show with pal Minihan

Anthony Murphy and John Minihan at The Oriel Gallery

One of my favourite actors pitched up with one of my favourite photographers last Thursday night at the Oriel Gallery.

I am talking about Adrian Dunbar and John Minihan. The latter was in town with his pal to unveil an exhibition for Anthony Murphy, an acclaimed artist who was previously married to the daughter of the late Duke of Devonshire.

John, being John, a former confidante of Samuel Beckett, spoke movingly of the place photography still has for artists as they prepare for a painting.

"Andy Warhol would be nothing without photography. Francis Bacon employed photographers to photograph his female subjects," John told the rapt crowd at the Oriel, adding that he felt privileged to have a strong connection to Anthony's work, while Anthony himself said that his favourite painting from the new show, A Quiet Afternoon, came from a photo he found in an antique shop in France.

Dunbar, an art lover himself, greatly enjoyed the exhibition. Almost as much as I do his films.


Mary has cyber effect on China and beyond

Mary Aiken

That wonderful best-selling author Mary Aiken is off the wall. The Great Wall of China, that is.

The blonde beauty (she'll kill me for such reductive language, but hey!) is just back from Beijing for the launch of the Chinese edition of her book The Cyber Effect.

"It's doing really well. It is now translated into over a dozen different languages and on sale in 100 countries," Mary told me. She will be at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny this evening, of course, to observe up close and personal the Bob Dylan Effect.

Closer to home, Harry Crosbie tells me he is building a luxurious VIP rock'n'roll club on the top of his new rock'n'roll hotel in Vicar Street next year.

Harry had lunch recently with four rockers in his wife Rita's restaurant, Cafe H in Grand Canal Dock - four rockers by the name of Gay Byrne, John Boorman, John Banville and Tommy Tiernan.

"It was a boys' lunch," lovely Rita explained.

Anne Doyle

And before I forget, Anne Doyle was rocking at The Stunning when they played Bulmer's Live at Leopardstown last Thursday night. And how do I know that? She told me.


All round to Virginia's free gaff!

Virginia Fortune

Robbie's keen on a certain brand of Irish pop, as indeed is his lovely wife. They were both spotted in 37 Dawson Street last Saturday night after having hot-footed from seeing Westlife perform at Croke Park.

Also in the same establishment, along with footballing deity Keane and Claudine, were 2FM star Eoin McDermott and RTE star Kathryn Thomas.

Westlife's Mark Feehily stayed in the InterContinental all week in a suite. He was hardly going to stay in a box room, was he?

Before I forget, the InterContinental's dashing general manager Nicky Logue was spotted at the show with his partner Cathal, and TV3's Alan Hughes and his husband Karl.

The Eagles were also staying in the same five-star bastion of bling in Ballsbridge last week. And seeing that you asked, they checked out on Monday. And they left, too.

The following evening, RTE star Ryan Tubridy was at Stevie Wonder at the 3 Arena. The gorgeous redhead Virginia Fortune (she and Mike Adamson, CEO of 3Arena and Live Nation Ireland, dated many moons ago) who runs the venue's high-end private members club 1878, told me she was feeling slightly heartbroken as her 20-year-daughter Rebecca had just gone inter-railing around Europe. She did say, however, that she may plan a party with the "free gaff".

In any event, she was looking especially golden-ginge -extra freckly, even - on Tuesday night at the 1878 club as she had just returned from a Miami holiday with her brother Niall, who owns Eddie Rocket's.


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