Star-studded turnout for Macbecks opening night
There was a star-studded turnout at the opening night of the new musical comedy Macbecks at the Olympia Theatre. Written by Apres Match funnyman Gary Cooke and Malachy McKenna, it features many of the cast members from the hit show I Keano, including Cooke himself.
Actor Stephen Rea was out on the town for the second night in a row, while we spotted veteran sports broadcaster Jimmy Magee chatting to Gay Byrne and Kathleen Watkins. Also in the throng were the usual opening night suspects such as Brian Ormond and Pippa O'Connor, Glenda Gilson, Victoria Mary Clarke and Rebecca Storm.
TV producer Bill Hughes said he was beating the recession blues by working on a project for TV3 and another for RTE, as well as doing a documentary on musician John O'Conor.
Glamorous radio presenter Siobhan O'Connor showed off her new red locks, having left the blonde look behind a few week ago. She said: "I'm still not too sure about it, but we'll see."
Ebullient Fair City stars Tony Tormey and George McMahon were both there, as was musician and Failte Towers star Don Baker, celebrity crimper Gary Kavanagh and Linda Martin. Linda told The Diary that she has nothing immediate in the pipeline and is busy anyhow looking after her rescued dogs and cats.
"It always happens after Christmas. I've about 20 at the moment," she said.
Roddy Doyle arrived with his teenage son while panto queen Twink and her daughter Chloe made a grand entrance after the crowd had cleared from the lobby.