Bairbre Power... Out and about
Former Irish Women's Rugby captain Fiona Coghlan has lots of sporting achievements under her belt, including an impressive three Rugby World Cups and captaining the winning Irish women's side in the 2013 Six Nations. Fiona and her boyfriend Colin Brown were among the guests at the launch of the BWH Hotel Group (Best Western Hotels and Resorts ) in Ireland. The brand operates 4,100 hotels and motels in over 100 countries and has plans for 10 hotels here in the next five years. The Bunratty Castle Hotel in Co Clare (owned by The Blarney Woollen Mills Group) is the first BW Signature Collection hotel in Ireland.
There was a local theme going on with the bespoke Wild Atlantic Way gin cocktails. Guests included Doireann and Ailbhe Garrihy whose parents hail from The Banner County, a proud name which acknowledges that the Dal gCais carried banners at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.
I've a lot of time for Howth native Vogue Williams, who never fails to surprise me with her sheer energy. When I met her last week, she was busy spinning discs at a party in Kildare Village which was packed with lots of fashionistas including stylist Sonja Mohlich.
Vogue was accompanied by her husband, Spencer, and their young son, Theodore, and the family moved outside to turn on the village's Enchanted Lights display, which is free to the public to experience until January. I was drooling over Vogue's Escada coat while she whispered her big news.
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"I'm doing a new show on BBC called Plastic Surgery Undressed and it will look different cosmetic procedures each week." Sadly, Getaways, the travel show she co-presented with Tommy Bowe, has been dropped by RTÉ but I can confirm that BBC Northern Ireland are going ahead and doing it as co-production with BBC Scotland instead.
Conor Keoghan and Fiona Foy Holland attending the launch of the BWH Hotel Group in Ireland at a party held in No 25 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin.
Legendary photogapher John Minihan is doing a rare public interview today at the Dunamaise Arts Centre in Portlaoise at 3pm as part of the Laois Leaves Festival of Writing and Music. See dunamaise.ie