Tuesday 21 November 2017

The Edge: Knitwear guru Lucy expecting baby No2 and Daniel plans return to Ireland

Daniel and Majella O'Donnell
Daniel and Majella O'Donnell
Lucy Nagle's happy event is due in the summer.
Daniel and Majella O’Donnell
Ruth Griffin visited Airfield Farm.
Rory O'Connell
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.

That's Oscar Wilde on one of his passions - l'amour.

'I Love Lucy' seems to be the sentiment of the fashion world towards Lucy Nagle and her internationally acclaimed knitwear.

Now the Wickow beauty will have to start a special knitwear range for the little darlings of the world.

Or at least her little darlings - as lovely Lucy is expecting her second baby "in the summer", one of her pals told me.

Cashmere babygrows anyone?

My Deep Throat then added what I knew already: "Lucy is very beautiful and very talented."

Gorgeous geansai goddess Lucy married her beau Jamie Rohan, son of multi-millionaire Irish mogul Ken, in August, 2013, in front of 300 guests in a suitably smart marquee on the grounds of the Nagle family stud farm in Wicklow.

Jamie's younger brother Ken Junior was Best Man and was accompanied by his wife Brooke McVeigh.

Daniel, Majella name the date

Sound the trumpets! Put up the bunting! They've named a date for their official return to Ireland: May 12.

No, not Gabriel Byrne, Liam Neeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Pierce Brosnan, Victoria Smurfit, and Colin Farrell - I'm talking about the epic homecoming of Daniel O'Donnell and his beautiful wife Majella after their six-month holiday cruise around the world.

When I spoke to Her Maj by direct messaging on Twitter twice last week - she is on her ship with her other half - she started by telling your dedicated diarist: "On our way to Korea now, and the weather is just like home!"

Two nights later, I asked Her Maj what were her and Daniel's favourite places they had visited so far. "Too many places to mention!" she replied. "It's been fantastic. We are enjoying every minute because we know we will never do it again!" The latter statement I would take to mean that Her Maj and Daniel will probably do it all again next year, not least because they seemed to have had so much fun.

While you and I celebrated St Patrick's Day fending off drunks on the street in the middle of the day (stop me if I sound like The Dowager Countess of Grantham from Downton Abbey), Her Maj and Daniel marked Ireland's big day off the coast of Japan. Way to go! Or as the Japanese say - otsukaresama!

Jerry of Arabia? Beades on hot sands

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Ruth Griffin visited Airfield Farm.

Night comes to the desert all at once, they say, as if someone turned off the light. Jerry Beades, boss of the New Land League, no doubt feels that the Fine Gael government turned off the light and forgot about the poor souls in Ireland being evicted from their homes. But enough about Blaise O'Donnell. Jerry was in the actual desert last week. He was with "700 paddies in black tie" at the Hyatt hotel Doha Qatar St Patrick's Day ball 2016. "No political types," he told me.  "They all stayed home licking their wounds. The best they got was a civil servant from the nearest embassy in the UAE." 

Beades, when not defending evicted families with the Friends Of Banking Ireland or the aforesaid New Land League, spends the rest of his time in Doha running a demolition company. Wreck It Beades? Jerry of Arabia? Meanwhile, two of Ireland's most beautiful women, Ruth Griffin, above and her sister Stephanie, visited Airfield's working farm in Dundrum with their kids on St Patrick's Day and had lunch afterwards in the restaurant.

Rory and Hazel Allen host East Cork soiree for glamorous local grandees

They're odd in Cork, aren't they? I mean,  they not only have film festivals, they have French film festivals, for feck's sake.

It was the last social hurrah of the aforementioned Cork French Film Festival, now in its 27th year, last Sunday evening in Ballymaloe Grainstore in East Cork.

The Champagne flowed, as did the talk among the grandees.

They put on a screening of The Hundred Foot Journey followed by a candlelit supper of food based on the food featured in the film. Ballymaloe grandees Rory O'Connell (Darina Allen's brother), Rory Allen, and Hazel Allen greeted the equally grand guests.

These included archaeologist Sheila Lane of Lane Purcell Archaeology, architect Bertie Pope and his wife Pat, solicitor Val Turnbull and his wife, ballet dancer Carmel Audley, to say nothing of director of the West Cork Literary Festival, Eimear O'Herlihy, plus interior designer Ang Lawless.

After my dinner with Micheal Martin and his wife Mary in Barry's in Douglas during the General Election campaign, I fell in love with Cork.

So I'm going down to Hayfield Manor tomorrow for two days to see what all the fuss is about in the real capital of Ireland.

Ruby hosts dinner in Cheltenham for wife and her pals

Tally-ho! Tamso Doyle - that damn fine filly and former PR for Horse Racing Ireland - jetted over for the Cheltenham races with her husband David Cox (who manages Baroda Stud Farm.)

She and David's pedigree is unquestionable: at their July 2008 wedding in Lisnavagh House, Co Carlow, the attendees numbered the likes of John and Sue Magnier, JP McManus, as well as Ruby and Gillian Walsh. Tamso, who set up her own hugely successful communications company in 2014, jetted back from Florida the week before last (just in time for Mother's Day lunch in the Brown Bear restaurant in Naas with her two young girls, India January and Isla Grace February Cox), where she hosted a soiree at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington for the international owners of Ireland's show-jumping team.

But back to Cheltenham. Tamso caught up with her equally beautiful younger sister Bella (who works for Roksanda in London and is expecting a baby next August with partner Matt Wright), and told me she had a fun day hanging out with her husband and her VBFs Gillian Walsh, Keira Kennedy and Emma Galway.

"I watched the big race with Gillian and I think we saw something very special as we cheered Ruby and Annie Power as she flew up that hill. Ruby treated us to dinner afterwards," said Tamso, utterly glamorous in a burgundy Lucy Gilmore Murphy hat from Kalu. Other special specimens of glam include Anne-Marie McManus in an azure blue rig-out and Ruby's sister Jennifer in a peacock-blue KDK cashmere scarf and navy coat.

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