Friday 23 March 2018

Sunny Christmas, everyone

Barry Egan

Barry Egan

Bob Hope once defined a vacation as two weeks on the sunny sands -- and the rest of the year on the financial rocks. And he didn't know anything about the Celtic Tiger and the recession. Which all goes to show that booms and busts have always been with us. And right now we are only re-inventing the wheel.

But there are some for whom the sun permanently shines. Like Bernie Gallagher and husband John. They are jetting to Barbados for Christmas. The former Jurys director (and daughter of the late hotel millionaire PV Doyle) was seen shopping in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street on Tuesday afternoon.

Which reminds me to tell you all (given that the Noughties was the decade that style forgot), not to forget that before Christmas is the absolute best time to buy your swimming costume.

Not that Vivienne Connolly would need any such reminder before she and her husband, Dunnes heir Mark Dunne, fly to Dubai in the new year, for two weeks with their kids.

The Magnier family are doing what they do every year -- they are going to Barbados. We can doubtless also expect Dermot Desmond and family in Sandy Lane. (Somehow I can't see Andrea Corr and Brett Desmond spending their first Christmas as husband and wife in sunny Dundalk.) All the swimsuits are in order -- if memory of paps and their long lenses serves.

Estonian model Kristi Kuudisiim, who lives in Ranelagh with boyfriend Paul, is flying back to chilly Parnu for Christmas before returning in the new year for friend Conrad Gallagher's opening party for his new restaurant on Aungier Street.

Now to the patriots. And there is no truth in the rumour that a patriot is one on the wrong side of the boom/bust cycle. Bernard McNamara is going home to Co Clare for Christmas. Fashion guru Ian Galvin is going home to Tramore for the Yuletide then on to the local races on New Year's Day.

Bertie Ahern's estranged wife, Miriam, is spending the season at home in Malahide and "looking forward to watching my grandsons Rocco and Jay enjoy the Santa experience".

Singer Frances Black is going over to her singer sister Mary Black's house in Dublin for Christmas dinner. Grainne Seoige is having "a very quiet if short Christmas with the family" in Wicklow.

Miriam O'Callaghan is, she says, "doing absolutely nothing: my idea of heaven on earth". That means she will be cooking at home in Rathmines for husband Steve Carson, the eight children and Steve's sister Carol. On Christmas morning, she said, her mother and sisters and brother and their children and spouses will all be coming to her house for Christmas drinks and family present-giving.

Tell me again, when exactly is Miriam doing nothing?

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