Sunday 17 December 2017

Society: Josh's best seat in the house

Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett
Shelly Corkery & Richard Malone pictured at the launch of the fifth year of Create at Brown Thomas,
Edel Ramberg and Philip Black at the launch of The Galway Races Summer Festival 2015 at the Radisson blu Galway. Photo: Andrew Downes
John Moloney, Galway Race Course manager and Irish Independent's Arlene O'Regan at the Galway Races festival launch
Pictured at the opening night of Ivan Turgenev's 'A Month in the Country' by Brian Friel tonight at the Gate Theatre was Peter Coonan . Photo Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
Doireann Garrihy and Aoibhin Garrihy at 'A Month in the Country.
Aisling O'Loughlin and Gillian Hennessy at the launch of the Boots Parenting Club at the InterContinental in Ballsbridge. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Pippa O'Connor pictured at the Centra Live Well launch at House, Leeson Street, Dublin
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Kathryn Thomas and Sile Seoige at the launch of Elave skincare's newly rebranded Dermo-Renew range in Residence Members Club, Dublin. Photo: Julien Behal
Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Selene Daly, Dermatologist and Joanna Gardiner, Elave
Bairbre Power

Bairbre Power

Hollywood heartthrob Josh Hartnett is the proud owner of the mesmerisingly gorgeous Andrew Clancy chair which stole our hearts at the CREATE opening party in Brown Thomas on Tuesday night.

CREATE definitely wins the prize for summer party of the year and guests moved through five floors of the Grafton Street store to see the talent bank of 65 designers invited to take part in a celebration of the very best in Irish design and craft.

Josh Hartnett, who has been in Dublin filming Penny Dreadful, had his back measured specially for the chair which is on display in the Designer Rooms. Sadly, he missed the party as he was at Wimbledon with his actress girlfriend Tamsin Egerton, and after announcing that the St Trinian's actress is expecting their first child, they met the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge watching tennis in the royal box.

Shelly Corkery, fashion director of Brown Thomas, was watching her CREATE designers like a mother hen at the launch party. She glided through the packed floors in a Roksanda Ilincic dress and sensationally high Alexander McQueen cutwork leather heels that triggered shoe envy. As the hostess with the mostest, she was a woman with a mission, helping the designers network and introducing them to key influencers on the night.

I bumped into her chatting with Richard Malone from Wexford who has been tipped as one to watch by fashionistas. The boyish bob haircut belies a very mature fashion talent who was awarded the prestigious LVMH Grand Prix scholarship and showed at London Fashion Week last February.

I spotted the glamorous Maura McKillen giving support to her sister-in-law, Mariad Whisker, who has returned to the high street with a very fetching 30-piece collection.

Maura still has those luxuriant, blonde corkscrew curls for which she was famous when she was Ireland's most in-demand model. Winner of the Miss Ireland title in 1979, she is married to Mariad's brother, property investor, Paddy McKillen. It was a lovely family catch-up as Mariad's youngest daughter, Domino, one of Ireland's coolest DJs, was DJing on BT's second floor.

Jessica Bagnall, one of the three NCAD graduates invited to take part in CREATE, has attracted the attention of Imelda May who was very taken with her installation of black satin trouser suit with a red running stitch and a sensational satin, cocoon-shaped dress.

Rose Rankin's sneaker range was a huge hit on the night and the mum-of-two flew in from London for the launch party while and her mum, Julia Keane, travelled up from the family home, Cappoquin House, where Julia runs her Crinnaghtaun apple juice business.

The entrepreneur streak didn't fall far from that tree.

Wait for the races is in the home stretch

By Bairbre Power

We toasted the launch of the Galway Races Summer Festival at the Radisson Blu on Monday, where the newly commissioned perpetual Galway Plate was revealed. The Guinness Galway Hurdle takes place on the Thursday and is now worth €300,000, making it the richest National Hunt race ever run here.

But of course, the Thursday at Ballybrit is all about Ladies' Day too, and I will be down judging along with RTÉ's Maura Derrane who has just enjoyed a glorious month at home on the Aran Islands with her son Cal, who has cúpla focail. The other judges on Ladies' Day on July 30 are Melanie Morris, Editor in Chief, lmage Publications and local Catwalk Model Agency owner Mandy Maher.

The winner of the Kilkenny's Best Dressed will receive a spectacular prize worth over €10,000.

Later, downtown, the Hotel Meyrick were putting the finishing touches to their 'Bed of Roses' cocktail which has been devised for race-week with a blend of Amaretto, Cointreau and orange juice, topped with Laurent Perrier Champagne.

'A Month in the Country' is just the ticket

By Kirsty Blake Knox

'After a long day in the Dàil, I'm looking forward to A Month in the Country," Tánaiste Joan Burton quipped at the opening night of the Gate Theatre's summer show.

The Brian Friel adaptation attracted a boisterous crowd; David Norris arrived with a 99 cone in hand. "And why on earth not?" he asked wide-eyed.

Actress Aoibhin Garrihy was glowing as she showed off her sparkling new engagement ring.

Aoibhin's fiancé - John Burke - popped the question last month when the pair were walking the Cliffs of Moher. How rose-mantic.

The Fall actress has yet to pick out a dress for the Big Day but choosing the ideal venue shouldn't be too challenging - given John works as the MD at Doolin's Armada Hotel.

Former Love/ Hate star Peter Coonan (left) was full of chat about his role in The Gate's next offering, Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge. "I'm focusing more on theatre these days," he said.

Asked if he was appearing in RTÉ's new drama The Rising, he replied; "No, I think that it would be one Love/ Hate character too far." No kidding.

Comedian Ardal O'Hanlon is looking forward to the première of his new Sky TV show After Hours due to hit goggle-boxes this autumn.

Ardal plays a milkman - a role that comes naturally to him thanks to his Father Ted days.

"I insist on having a milk float in every TV show I do - it's part of my contract," he joked. "But before the show I'm doing the summer stand-up rounds."

Director of Dublin Theatre Festival Willie White was remaining tight-lipped about the 2015 Theatre Festival schedule and chatted to Fair City star Steve Gunn.

President Michael D Higgins nipped backstage after the final curtain and doled out acting tips to the cast while designer Peter O'Brien and Dawn Bradfield fanned themselves with programmes.

Ingénue Genevieve Hulme-Beaman is heading over to New York in the coming weeks with her award-winning one-woman show, Pondling.

Actress Rachel Gleeson - sister of Game of Thrones star Jack Gleeson - will next appear in Oedipus Rex at the Abbey which will directed by the fabulous Wayne Jordan.

Four weeks in France? No wonder Aisling's beaming

By Kirsty Blake Knox

Times can be tough in ol' telly land but things seem to be ship shape aboard the good ship TV3.

Xposé host Aisling O'Loughlin was giddy at the Boots Baby Shower in Dublin's Intercontinental this week.

"We've been snapped up by UPC and I'm heading off to France for an entire month, so life is good," she said.

Baby showers aren't typically my scene - too many discussions about burping, bibs and banana purée.

But my interest was piqued by sleep expert Niamh O'Reilly who knew everything about the land of nod.

"I haven't had a decent night's kip in three years so I really need to pay attention," Aisling murmured.

Speaking of wondermums, Pippa O'Connor was in flying form at Centra's Live Well luncheon in House this week.

Pippa was joined by GAA legend Henry Shefflin and discussed ways to stay slim and trim.

TV trio dressed to impress

By Bairbre Power

Lunch of the week prize went to the elegant Elave Dermo-Renew get-together at Residence where bodycon dresses were the order of the day among the glamazon trio of Kathryn Thomas, Sile Seoige and Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh.

Sile was busy training this time last year for a charity cycle trip in California, but she will have to miss a Camino cycle because she is heading with her wellies to the Ploughing Championship with Aldi.

Kathryn Thomas looked the picture of athleticism in a blue top and skirt and is off to run two more of her very well received bootcamps at Sheen Falls Lodge later this month.

The lunch was to launch the rebranding of the Elave Dermo-Renew range, of which there are 10 products. Founded in 1934 by Joseph Gardiner, Ovelle Pharmaceuticals produces the Elave skincare range.

Third generation in the business, Joanna Gardiner (left) is MD and her brother, Patrick, Research & Quality Director at Ovelle, welcomed guests.

Selene Daly, a dermatology nurse specialist at Sligo General Hospital, gave a very insightful talk about skincare and had us all gasping when she revealed how some Korean women have a 17-step beauty process that takes an hour in the mornings!

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