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IS PIPPA ON THE UP? OR OUT?

Model-turned entrepreneur Pippa O’Connor was breathless with excitement announcing the launch of her new cosmetics brand this week, but it has elicited a surprisingly muted response on social media. O’Connor has managed to build a very nice empire for herself since jacking in the St... Read more »

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DENIS O’BRIEN’S BILLIONS

GOLDHAWK always enjoys the annual – and often hilarious – estimates of individual wealth of the various Irish moneybags who populate the annual ‘Rich Lists’ beloved by media organisations. The latest edition of the Sunday Independent’s annual round-up has one Denis O’Brien sitting proudly in... Read more »

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ANN REIHILL’S MONKSTOWN MANSION

WHILE THE steam has gone out of the property market, there are still some prime houses being out up for sale. One of these is a Monkstown pile that turns out to be owned by one Ann Reihill, who is looking for almost €3m for... Read more »

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ROCHA AND ROLL

GOOD NEWS for fans of red-hot Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha (daughter of John and Odette Rocha), who clearly prefers the colour black to red when it comes to her London-based operation. This is, however, very much a family affair. No doubt Simone’s designs featured... Read more »

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VOGUE’S IRISH CHAMELEON

Vogue Williams

IT HAS been increasingly hard to avoid Vogue Williams/Spencer lately, with her reality TV series on E4 and an appearance on The Ray D’Arcy Show earlier this month. She also got plenty of coverage for the ‘revelation’ that she is looking for a big pad... Read more »

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MARK WRIGHT STEPS DOWN

Mark Wright

THERE HAVE been some predictable developments following on from the lodging of legal proceedings featuring members of the Wright family in Howth (see The Phoenix, 9/8/19). The case was lodged in the Four Goldmines in September by assorted companies associated with the Wright fish dynasty,... Read more »

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JESS RYAN’S BEAUTY BUSINESS

Jess Ryan

EARLIER THIS year one of Ireland’s top retailers, Arthur Ryan – the power behind Penneys/Primark – passed away. His daughter, the glamorous Jess Ryan, has been forging her own path in business in recent years, although so far there is no sign that she will... Read more »

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ANGELA MOORE’S SEAT

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THERE IS a new face on the board of the Ireland Funds here. Virginia-based Angela Moore has just been appointed a director and joins the Alan Foy-chaired board. The most recent new face on the Ireland Funds board before Moore was Peter Rooney, the D4-based... Read more »

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PIPPA O’CONNOR’S BEST LIFE

Pippa O’Connor

IT HAS been a busy few weeks for ubiquitous model-turned-blogger-turned-designer Pippa O’Connor, social media sensation and wife of TV presenter Brian Ormond. She has been energetically plugging her latest book and, Goldhawk can reveal, is also putting in place a brand new business. Ormond recently... Read more »

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DAVID RAETHORNE’S ‘FABULOUS’ HOUSE

THE INDO went to town in its property supplement last week, gushing about Brentwood House in Dundrum, Co Dublin, which is on the market with an asking price of E4m. This turns out to be the abode of low-profile moneybags David Raethorne and his wife,... Read more »

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LIZ BALBIRNIE’S INTERIOR DESIGN

Ian Switzer and Elizabeth Balbirnie

PROPERTY PORN continues to prove popular at RTÉ, where such programmes proliferate the airwaves. At the top of the tree is surely Home of the Year (HOTY), which gives viewers a sneaky peak around the interiors of some very swanky Irish homes. One pile to... Read more »

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WRIGHT FAMILY AT WAR

INTERESTING TO see proceedings lodged in the Four Goldmines by assorted companies associated with the Wright fish dynasty in Howth. The matriarch here is former Aer Lingus air hostess Eileen Wright of Big Bamboo, Baily in Howth, who controls the bulk of the shares in... Read more »

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MAIREAD RONAN’S SCHEDULE

THERE HAS been plenty of showbiz coverage this month of Mairead Ronan’s landing of a prime time radio slot on Today FM. Radio presenting is, however, just one of the many talents of the increasingly ubiquitous Ronan. It has been pretty hard to avoid Mairead... Read more »

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CYNTHIA CHUA’S VIBRATIONS

IT’S INTERESTING to see that the colourful and loaded Cynthia Chua – who has recently been extolling the virtues of “perfuming your vejayjay” and giving “vulva facials” – has just registered her home address at the Deepwell mansion in Blackrock south County Dublin, five years... Read more »

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SEAMUS FITZPATRICK’S BUSY SCHEDULE

THESE ARE busy time for moneybags Seamus Fitzpatrick, who is fighting on two fronts. It was reported earlier this month that Fitzpatrick had lobbed in a planning objection to the big Glenveagh Homes development on the site of the former Chester Beatty Library on leafy... Read more »

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YVETTE MONAHAN’S MOOLAH

Yvette Monahan

THERE WAS a creditors’ meeting held in the offices of Outlook Accounts in Tallaght last week, which featured the winding up of a little-known company called Tabellero Ltd. It had been locked in litigation with members of the mega-wealthy Monahan family, including well-known photographer Yvette... Read more »

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ROY BARRETT’S D4 PILE

Roy Barrett

A PROPERTY in the heart of Ballsbridge has just come on the market with a hefty €5.75m price tag. The impressive Ailesbury Road house was bought seven years ago in rather different times and the seller is hoping to make a killing. It turns out... Read more »

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BRIAN RANALOW’S INVESTMENT

INTERESTING to see Dublin moneybags and artist Brian Ranalow investing a wedge of cash in Genos Investments Ltd this month. Genos is a big shareholder in Hanpak Ltd, the innovative packaging company set up by self-described serial entrepreneur Tom McLoughlin. One of its products is... Read more »

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YOUNG BLOODS: CLODAGH MCKENNA

THIS WEEK, the Sindo was back on familiar on familiar ground as it brought readers the news that Ireland’s “national arbiter of all things food-related” – Clodagh McKenna – has become the country’s “newly minted emissary in aristocratic England,” thanks to her relationship with bluest... Read more »

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CHRIS DE BURGH’S NEW RELEASE

INTERESTING to see the Irish Times drooling over Chris de Burgh’s Co Wicklow Georgian pile, which he has placed on the market with a cool €12.5m price tag. Visitors to the IT’s website can indulge themselves in the glossy video of the sprawling Bushey Park... Read more »

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JANE’S STRAY HORSES

Kyran McLaughlin

A COMPANY called Animal Security Ltd has been quietly dissolved. The name may not be too familiar to readers, but it previously operated under the name Cantor Equine and held lucrative contracts with the Dublin local authorities for the control of stray and abandoned horses.... Read more »

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FRANK AND THERESA McNAMARA’S ADVENTURES

Frank and Theresa McNamara

THIS WEEK saw the return to court of the proceedings by a culture fund, Apollo Global, against one-time ‘celebrity’ couple Frank and Theresa McNamara, with the Yanks seeking to force the sale of the couple’s Co Meath home-cum-recording studio. This is the latest challenge for... Read more »

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BONO’S ONE MISSION

Bono

SPARE A thought for Bono who’s fundraising and lobbying campaign ‘ONE’ has been busy pressing world leaders to cough up more cash for the development industry. Last week, ONE co-founder, Jamie Drummond, wrote to Leo Varadkar asking if he “would engage with Mr. Juncker on... Read more »

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TONY GANNON’S CHARITY

ACCOUNTS recently filed for Tony Gannon’s investment management operation, Abbey Capital, show that profits continue to roll in. Happily, a chunk of the moolah has been directed towards impoverished farmers in Africa. Abbey has been making big bucks in recent years. In the year to... Read more »

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DAN MORRISSEY’S €5.5M PILE

Dan Morrissey

IT’S NOT every day that a €5.5m house goes on the market in Co Dublin, but that is the case with the very private Redwood on Avoca Avenue in Blackrock. This has been the home to top legal eagle Dan Morrissey for 30 years. Morrissey,... Read more »

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BELLA HUDDART’S SOFT PILLOWS

Bella Huddart

READERS OF The Irish Times were given a crash course this month in how to short-let a property by making it “stand out from the crowd”. One of the experts featured was one Arabella Wauchope Huddart (aka Bella), who highlighted the attractions of Sandbrook House,... Read more »

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GEORGE MAGAN’S MILLIONS

George Magan

IN THE long- running saga between a British lord and a trust over the magnificent Castletown Cox estate in Co. Kilkenny. The Commercial Court has heard that George Magan has engaged in an “orchestrated and calculated strategy” to delay the completion of the Georgian mansion’s... Read more »

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DANIELLE RYAN AT CANNES

Danielle Ryan

CONGRATULATIONS are due to Fantastic Films, which saw its Vivarium selected to compete at the snooty Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival. While the media focus has been on the big-name Hollywood star here, Jesse Eisenberg, it turns out that the role of ‘Mom’... Read more »

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NIAMH PATTEN’S JEWELLERY

Niamh Patten

A JEWELLERY venture established by Niamh Patten shut its doors recently after a short-lived existence in the city centre. Despite the backing of a multi-millionaire, New Romantic Jewellery is no more. Read more in the latest issue. And you can read more about Patten and... Read more »

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OFFLOADING LAURISTON

Lauriston

AN EDWARDIAN house on Ranelagh’s Park Drive (backing onto the playing fields of Gonzaga College) caught the eye of the Sindo last weekend, with the “elegant” and “gorgeous” D6 property receiving a suitably gushing write up. Hopefully, that will do the job for the owners,... Read more »

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CATHERINE’S RICH RECIPES

Catherine Fulvio

NEXT MONTH ‘celebrity chef’ Catherine Fulvio dons her glad rags (Irish designers were frothing at the bit) and flies off to southern California for the 46th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. It represents the most high-profile coup for the media-savvy businesswoman.... Read more »

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AVRIL STANLEY’S SHED

Avril Stanley

No surprise to see Body & Soul founder Avril Stanley popping up in the Sindo promoting her music and “well-being” festival. However, it seems that not as is well between Stanley and her new neighbours. The 45-year-old entrepreneur recently found herself in a bit of... Read more »

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ANTHONY MCGRATH’S ANTIQUES

Anthony McGrath

LAST WEEK’S popular Channel 4 series, 24 hours in Police Custody, featured one Anthony McGrath, an Irish-born orthopaedic surgeon with a “very privileged background”. Given the subject matter of the programme, it is not surprising that the medic, whose childhood home is the splendid Somerville... Read more »

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THE TAXMAN COMETH… EVENTUALLY

Mel Gibson

BACK IN November 2014, Goldhawk put a few queries to Revenue as the country’s film luvvies were wishing farewell to the old ‘investor’ form of Section 481 tax relief while looking for opportunity in the incoming new corporation tax credit version of the scheme. You can... Read more »

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BARBARA DAWSON’S PLAN

Barbara Dawson

Hugh Lane director Barbara Dawson and her board have been looking to implement a rather ambitious strategy, but big bucks are still needed. Find out more in the latest edition here. Goldhawk has been keeping tabs on Babs since her appointment as Hugh Lane director way... Read more »

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CIARÁN MURRAY’S HOUSES

IT WAS pointed out in The Irish Times recently that former Icon plc boss Ciarán Murray and his wife, Denise Ronan, managed to purchase four homes in Ballsbridge since 2010, which may well be a record.  Read more in the latest issue.  Fans of Goldhawk... Read more »

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