Monday 27 January 2020

The Edge: Daithi and Rita back to scene of the crime and Rosanna channels Angelina

Daithi O Se and Rita
Daithi O Se and Rita
A romantic trip for Daithi and Rita.
The thighs the limit for Rosanna Davison. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Queen Victoria held court at her birthday bash in LA.
Amanda Brunker celebrated in Lillie's.
Emily Hourican with, left, Cormac Bourke, Editor of the 'Sunday Independent', and Brendan O’Connor, at the launch of Emily's novel 'The Privileged.' Photo: Justin Farrelly
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

William Butler Yeats my backside. Romantic Ireland isn't dead and gone. (Nor is it with Michael O'Leary in the skies.)

Daithi O Se and his wife Rita Talty are embodiments of that national romantic ideal.

I met the RTE star and his one-time New Jersey Rose other-half with their baba Michael Og last Tuesday evening on Grafton Street.

An inspiration to us all, Daithi and Rita were actually holding hands. (An hour later, Daithi was holding a pint of Guinness sitting opposite me in The Boars Head on Capel Street. But I digress.)

The loved-up dynamic duo told your diarist that they were due to spend two nights (sans young Michael Og, who would be with his grandmother in Galway) in the new Rose hotel in Tralee.

This isn't just any hotel in Tralee. It is the establishment where Rita and Daithi made their l'amour official.

"It's the old Fels Point Hotel where Rita and I got married and first met," Daithi told me referring to July 12, 2012.

"So it's back to the scene of the crime for Rita and me. It will be nice to hit Tralee. The only time I'm in the town I'm working so it will be great to be there for a social outing." Albeit a brief social outing as Rita and Daithi will be back home in Galway this morning to collect their baby from Daithi's mother Caitlin.

"Romance is all about doing stuff for someone and not buying stuff," Daithi told me. "Surprising someone and not avoiding opportunities. Romance is to be embraced."

As much as I love the co-presenter of Today, RTÉ One's daily afternoon programme, I was more interested in what lovely Rita thought of Mr O Se and matters of the heart. Is he or is he not a romantic?

"Daithi is not obviously romantic," she answered, "but just when you think he's not - he'll do something special. He does lots of small things like always bringing me my favourite coffee when he goes for the paper in the morning.

"I had to tell him that putting cups into the dishwater is not romantic," she laughed, as the whole of Grafton Street seemed to agree.

Rosie channels her inner Angelina Jolie at pal's Carlow wedding

Groucho Marx used to joke that he was married by a judge when he should have asked for a jury. Or perhaps better still - a Miss World.

Miss World 2003 Rosanna Davison was at a wedding last weekend in Carlow, but she wasn’t, alas,  officiating.

My style spies at the nuptials told me that Chris de Burgh’s stunning daughter was channelling her inner Angelina Jolie with a thigh high slit in her gown last Saturday at Boris House.

Rosie and husband Wes were celebrating the wedding of Wes’s cousin Jeff Ledwidge to one of Rosie’s closest friends, Julie MacDonald.

Other close friends of the happy couple at the wedding included tenor Paul Byrom and wife Dominique, daughter of Phil Coulter, DJ Kilian O’Sullivan, and TV producer Jules Coll, in a floral Ted Baker dress.

Wes’s brother Andy was also at the wedding with girlfriend Grace Power in a floral dress.

What’s with all the floral dresses?

My mole in Carlow last Saturday also told me that the blonde O’Duffy sisters, Pam and Jackie,  were also in attendance.

I know. I know. I don’t know who the O’Duffy sisters are either.

Bono in Luna, Colin in Bath

You can't hold a candle to award-winning thesp Victoria Smurfit's acting.

And while I'm on the subject of candles, Victoria tells she had six of them on her birthday cake two weeks ago at her house in Los Angeles.

"It was very low-key in the garden. Just family, cake and bubbles!" the gorgeous LA-based Irish superstar told me when she flew in yesterday for the IFTA awards. She is flying back out to La La Land at 7am this morning.

Dave Kavanagh and his other-half Rhona have just jetted back from Jamaica meanwhile. Prior to that well-deserved break, Dave (and Rhona) had been to America to watch Celtic Women perform - well, rock legend Dave manages the multi-platinum Irish act. Dave, lest we forget, also managed Clannad back in the day. So naturally it will come as no surprise that Dave is in tune with many of the nation's movers and shakers.

I mean - when he celebrated a certain birthday at his house a few years ago the grandees included Johnny Ronan, Guggi, The Simon Carmody Community (what party would be complete without them?), Glenda Gilsen, and Graham Beere and Ronan 'Redser' Barry.

Indeed many of the aforementioned grandees were at the 2012 wedding in the south of France of Dave and Rhona. Possibly the grandest grandee of them all was in Luna restaurant on Drury Street two weeks ago: no, not, Johnny Ronan.


Robin Hood spotted on Leeson Street

Stop me before I turn into Paul Williams! There are, as we know, plenty of hoods in Dublin. Perhaps the most famous of them - Robin Hood - was in the capital last Thursday. English actor Jonas Armstrong, famous  for the titular role in the series Robin Hood, was in House on Leeson Street with some pals.

On the Saturday night in the same trendy spot, Munster player Robin Copeland was in with his girlfriend and some female friends after their match against Leinster. They arrived at midnight where they stayed at the back of the glasshouse until closing time. On the following day, dance guru Eamon Farrell, one of the nicest guys of all, was spotted having lunch in The Bath Bar in Sandymount with his movie star bro Colin, left. And why not? Eamon is jetting out to LA to visit his mother and sisters (and indeed Colin) on April 26. They all live in America, while Eamo lives here with his artist husband Steven Mannion and their three dogs - Bess, Rosie and Lilly.

Stars come out to shine at Lillie's Bordello last weekend

Great cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a movie theatre, Roman Polanski once said. Sometimes when I am in Lillie's Bordello I feel like I'm in a great movie. Last weekend in particular.

It was like the Sundance Film Festival with craft beers at the world famous Grafton Street night-club.

On Friday night, stars of Irish film Mammal Barry Keoghan and Jack Reynor came into the club after the movie's Dublin premiere.

Game Of Thrones' superstar Liam Cunningham, author Amanda Brunker and Mr Pussy (sorry, remind me: what is it he does again?) were also in Lillie's to help celebrate Mammal. On Saturday night the emphasis shifted from cinema to comedy, as two great icons of all things funny popped - albeit separately - into the club: Aidan Bishop and Katherine Lynch.

On Saturday night, the emphasis shifted at some point through the night in Lillie's from comedy to theatre as some of the respective casts of The Gate's Juno and The Paycock, among them Caoimhe O'Malley, and The Tivoli's You Don't Bring Me Flowers dropped in to bring culture to clubbing.

Manchester City's Irish footballer Ian Lawlor perhaps switched the emphasis to sport when he came in on Saturday night. But I can't confirm that.

There was a lot of shifting in Lillie's last weekend, wasn't there? But what are nightclubs for if not shifting?

It was a privilege to be at launch of The Privilege...

Frankly, there was only one place to be on Wednesday night: Eason's on Stephen's Green for the official unveiling of Emily Hourican's first novel The Privileged.

Don't shoot me if I say it was a privilege to be there.

Before we get started: Trevor White couldn't be there because he was in Morocco. You'll have to ask his beautiful wife Susan Jane yourself what Trevor was doing in Morocco. Susan Jane was in attendance on Wednesday.

(Her two cook books, The Extra Virgin Kitchen and The Virtuous Tart are to be launched in America and she (and the elusive Mr White) are travelling States-side in the spring to promote it.

But back to the brilliant Emily Hourican and The Privileged. My sincere apologies for getting sidetracked.

Our own Brendan O'Connor launched the book. Unsurprisingly, his speech had sufficient lols to have the audience - that included everyone from Cormac Bourke, editor of the Sunday Independent, to man of the moment, Centenary Executive Producer Cillian Fennell, restaurateur Ronan Ryan - in knots of laughter followed by moments of brow-furrowing contemplation.

Describing the author of The Privileged, the story of three Dublin school friends who are brought together again when one of them goes off the rails, as a cross between Jilly Cooper and Jane Austen, Brendan went on to praise Emily for her wisdom, saying she has the common sense of a dowager aunt.

He also pointed out that glamorous extroverts rarely write novels and that was what made The Privileged different. Because Emily had been to the parties and lived the life, without, obviously, the 'going off the rails' bit.

Emily, recently recovered from cancer, rounded off her evening with a quiet dinner with friends in John Farrell's Luna.

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