Saturday 23 March 2019

Who needs Paris... with gatherings across lively city

barry Egan

Summer in the city? Well, you don't need Paris. The joie de vivre was found in abundance on Wednesday evening in Dublin.

Abbey chef d'equipe Fiach MacChonghail hosted a Prosecco reception for the premiere of Major Barbara. Tout le monde from Pat and Kathy, to Gay and Kathleen, Joe Duffy and Aonghus McNally pitched up for the drama along with Phelim Drew and Sue Collins, Mary Finan, Eithne Healy, actress Cathy Belton, playwright Frank McGuinness, Minister Frances Fitzgerald and Gate director Michael Coglan, who also joined in matters equine later in the week.

While the Abbey rocked to Major Babs, there was fun in the Gutter ...Bookshop that is in Temple Bar for the launch of Louise Phillips' The Doll's House where Caroline Finnerty, Stephen James Smyth, Margaret Scott, Maria Duffy, and Zoe Miller, among many other literary luvvies, enjoyed some craic in the name of culture.

On Thursday evening the Dylan hosted a fabulous party after the glamour-fest that was Ladies Day: chief among them in the style stakes were Rachel Wyse, Sky Sports goddess and Irish Independent columnist, and PR princess Roisin Tierney Crowe, with the men's fashion represented by Pauric Sweeney, just back from Sweden, Brendan Courtney and Michael O'Doherty: dandies all.

Up the road in Bellucci's restaurant on the same night there was no stopping the hedonistic high jinks. Or the high wattage glam. Dave Kavanagh – with beautiful wife Rhona Kelly – hosted a beano for a 100 people to celebrate The High Kings Christmas special which was filmed earlier that day for screening on US yuletide TV.

And your exhausted diarist can exclusively reveal that America came to Ireland big time two weeks ago. On a top secret trip American Vogue shot part of their October edition here with the incomparable Grace Coddington bringing local talent Grace Moore – Saoirse Ronan's stylist – on board. Truly we really are a hip and happening little country.

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