Bairbre Power... Out and about
Our resident diarist calls into the best parties and events around the country
'So, do I call you Dr Heaslip now, after your Harvard studies?" Ireland and Leinster rugby number eight Jamie Heaslip could only throw back his head and laugh. "Well, I was only there for four days," said the player, who is now building up a nice portfolio of tech interests. Jamie, posing here on the red carpet with Lorraine Keane, was one of the guests at the Irish Youth Foundation's annual Bloomsday lunch at the Shelbourne Hotel.
Supporters turned out to cheer on over 150 cyclists who cycled through the streets of Joyce's Dublin on the 24th annual Brennans Bike Rally, with all funds raised going towards Irish Youth Foundation-supported projects.
I was the guest of cyclist Robert Ferry, and my glamorous lunch neighbour was Lorraine Keane, looking fab in a dress from Willow boutique in Galway. She is off on holidays to France with the family - and her husband, Peter Devlin, is so good, he is driving there with their two dogs while Lorraine and the girls fly. However, she will be back in August for the Galway Races, where she is judging the Most Stylish Lady evening at Hotel Meyrick.
It was a week of great food, and (above) Carmel Breheny (right), M&S marketing manager, hosted the Spirit of Summer food launch party on The Woollen Mills' rooftop. Carmel paused for a snap with Debbie O'Donnell, executive producer of TV3's Xposé. Talk about great timing for the Mediterranean sunshine which arrived last week: we nibbled on regional dishes and ingredients from Sicily to Santorini, Barcelona and Beirut, washed down by Murcía Lemon Bucks Fizz.
The Westbury, new sponsor of the Dalkey Book Festival, brought a gang of us out by coach for the opening- night event, where Sebastian Barry read and was interviewed by Andrea Catherwood. I happily chatted with (above) Sonia Reynolds (left) and Francie Duff (right) of the Stable in Ireland fashion brand, Westbury Mall, and (centre) Sophie Governey, hotel marketing manager.
Sartorial ambassadors flocked to the InterContinental Dublin's La Dolce Vita midsummer garden party, which general manager (above) Nicky Logue - photographed with designer Sonia Lennon - hosted in grand style. There was a big turn-out and guests were taken by surprise by the lovely new grassy area out front, where we chilled out and enjoyed Italian fare, including a wonderful pasta, washed down by Aperol spritz. Naturally, we had to dance it off and took full advantage of the 1950s tunes Jason O'Callaghan was performing in the Ice Bar. I chatted with (below) Ciara Hanley (left), director of sales and marketing at the hotel, and fashion dynamo Celia Holman Lee (right), whose birthday I'll be celebrating with her in December. She turns 67!
Today is International Fairy Day so polish up those tiny front doors for little visitors! The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway have such a fairy fetish, they are opening a fairy garden on July 4. Magical.
Photo: Leon Farrell